If you have been accused of DUI in Athens, you don’t have to face it alone. Price, Flowers & Ward Law Firm will stand with you through each step of your case and fight to protect you from a DUI conviction.

Our firm has represented clients charged with DUI in the Municipal Court of Athens, Alabama for many years. The City of Athens has an ordinance that makes it a crime to do any act that is a misdemeanor under Alabama state law. This ordinance applies to offenses committed within the city limits of Athens, Alabama. When the Athens City Police charge you with DUI, they usually charge you with violating this ordinance, rather than violating Alabama’s DUI law directly.

If you would like to know more about defending DUI charges in Athens, Alabama, we would be happy to speak with you.

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Athens’ Ordinances Making DUI Illegal:

ATHENS, ALABAMA CODE OF ORDINANCES

Sec. 54-1. - Offenses under state law constitute offenses against city.

(a)  Any person committing an offense within the corporate limits of the city which is declared by a law or laws of the state now existing or hereafter enacted to be a misdemeanor [this includes most DUIs]  shall be guilty of an offense against the city.

(b)  Any person committing an offense within the corporate limits of the city which is declared by a law or laws of the state now existing or hereafter enacted to be a violation shall be guilty of an offense against the city.

(c)  An offense as defined by Code of Ala. 1975, § 13A-1-2, which offense is not declared by a law or laws of the state now existing or hereafter enacted to be a felony, misdemeanor or violation shall be guilty of an offense against the city.

(Code 1965, § 13-1; Code 1983, § 13-1; Ord. No. 768, § 3, 12-17-1979)

Sec. 1-8. - General penalty; continuing violations.

(a)  In this section the term "violation of this Code" means any of the following:

(1)  Doing an act that is prohibited or made or declared unlawful, an offense, an offense against the city, a violation, or a misdemeanor by ordinance or by rule or regulation authorized by ordinance.

(2)  Failure to perform an act that is required to be performed by ordinance or by rule or regulation authorized by ordinance.

(3)  Failure to perform an act if the failure is prohibited or is made or declared unlawful, an offense, an offense against the city, a violation or a misdemeanor by ordinance or by rule or regulation authorized by ordinance.

(b)  In this section the term "violation of this Code" does not include the failure of a city officer or city employee to perform an official duty unless it is specifically provided that the failure to perform the duty is to be punished as provided in this section.

(c)  Except as otherwise provided by law or ordinance, a person convicted of a violation of this Code shall be punished by a fine of not less than $1.00 nor more than $500.00, or by imprisonment in the city jail for a period not exceeding six months, or by hard labor for a period not exceeding six months or by any combination thereof; provided, that no fine or sentence of imprisonment or hard labor shall exceed the maximum fine or sentence established under state law for the commission of a substantially similar offense.

(d)  Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (c) of this section, the penalty imposed upon a corporation shall consist of the fine only, plus costs of court. Any officer, manager, superintendent, agent or employee of a corporation shall be punished for a violation of this Code committed by such corporation, if such violation was the act or the result of the act or order of any such person.

(e)  Except as otherwise provided by law or ordinance:

(1)  With respect to violations of this Code that are continuous with respect to time, each day that the violation continues is a separate offense.

(2)  With respect to violations of this Code that are not continuous with respect to time, each act constitutes a separate offense.

(f)  The imposition of a penalty does not prevent suspension or revocation of a license, permit or franchise or other administrative sanctions.

(g)  Violations of this Code that are continuous with respect to time are a public nuisance and may be abated by injunctive or other equitable relief. The imposition of a penalty does not prevent injunctive relief.

(Code 1983, §§ 1-8, 1-9; Ord. No. 684, § 1, 12-12-1977; Ord. No. 768, § 4, 12-17-1979; Ord. No. 865, §§ 1—5, 8-22-1983; Ord. No. 96-1223, 2-26-1996)

State law reference— Limitations on penalties, Code of Ala. 1975, § 11-45-9.

If you are looking for a DUI attorney to defend against charges in Athens City Court or a DUI in the Limestone County District Court, contact us today!

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