If you have been accused of DUI in Muscle Shoals, 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 Muscle Shoals, Alabama for many years. Muscle Shoals Municipal Court DUI charges differ from DUI charges in Alabama’s State Courts. A Muscle Shoals local ordinance makes it a crime against the City of Muscle Shoals to do any act that is a misdemeanor under Alabama state law. This ordinance applies in Muscle Shoals’ city limits and police jurisdiction. When the Muscle Shoals City Police charge you with DUI, it is usually with violating this ordinance, not with violating the Alabama’s DUI law directly (see below).

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

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Muscle Shoals’ Ordinances Making DUI Illegal:

MUSCLE SHOALS, ALABAMA CODE OF ORDINANCES

Sec. 70-1. - Violations; penalties.

(a)  Any person or corporation committing an offense within the corporate limits of the city, or within the police jurisdiction thereof, which is declared by a law of the State of Alabama, now existing or hereafter enacted, including specifically, but not limited to, the provisions of Act 2003-355 of the laws of the State of Alabama, to be a misdemeanor, shall be guilty of an offense against the City of Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

(b)  Any person or corporation committing an offense within the corporate limits of the city, or within the police jurisdiction thereof, which is declared by a law of the State of Alabama now existing or hereafter enacted to be a violation, shall be guilty of an offense against the city.

(c)  Any person or corporation committing within the corporate limits of the city, or within the police jurisdiction thereof, an offense as defined by Code of Ala. 1975, § 13A-1-2, Alabama Criminal Code, which offense is not declared by a law of the State of Alabama, now existing or hereafter enacted to be a felony, misdemeanor or violation, shall be guilty of an offense against the city.

(d)  Any person found to be in violation of subsections (a), (b) or (c) of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided in section 1-7 of this Code, except and unless as otherwise provided by section 70-81 of this Code. Any corporation found to be in violation of subsections (a), (b) or (c) of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished as provided in section 1-7 of this Code.

(Ord. No. 1046, §§ 1—4, 4-16-85; Ord. No. 1385-07, § I 1.—4., 3-19-07)

Sec. 1-7. - General penalty; continuing violations.

(a)  In this section, the term violation of this Code means:

(1)  Doing an act that is prohibited or made or declared unlawful, an offense, an offense against the city of 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 declared a misdemeanor, an offense, an offense against the city of 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 provided that failure to perform the duty is to be punished as provided in this section.

(c)  Except as otherwise provided, a person convicted of a violation of this Code shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500.00, except where otherwise provided by state law for violation of municipal offenses, imprisonment or confinement at hard labor for a term not exceeding six months, or any combination thereof. The penalty imposed upon a corporation shall consist of the fine only, plus costs of court. For violations of this Code which are continuous with respect to time, each day the violation continues is a separate offense. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the maximum fine for every person either convicted for violating any misdemeanor contained in Act 2003-355 of the Laws of Alabama, adopted a municipal ordinance violation or adjudicated as a youthful offender shall be $1,000.00.

(d)  The imposition of a penalty does not prevent revocation or suspension of a license, permit or franchise.

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

(Code 1979, § 1-6; Ord. No. 1386-07, § 1, 3-19-07). State law reference— Penalty for ordinance violations, Code of Ala. 1975, § 11-45-9.

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

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