If you have been accused of DUI in Huntsville, 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 been representing clients charged with DUI in the Municipal Court of Huntsville, Alabama for many years. Huntsville Municipal Court DUI charges are somewhat different from DUI charges in Alabama’s State Courts. While Huntsville does not have its own specific DUI ordinance, it does have an ordinance that makes it a crime against the City of Huntsville to do any act that is a misdemeanor under Alabama state law. This ordinance applies to offenses committed within the city limits of Huntsville, Alabama.
When the Huntsville City Police charge you with DUI, they usually charge you with violating this ordinance, not with violating the Alabama’s DUI law directly. The ordinance provides that the penalties for a DUI conviction are the same as they would be under state law.
If you would like to know more about defending DUI charges in Huntsville, Alabama, we would be happy to speak with you.
Huntsville’s DUI Ordinance:
HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA CODE OF ORDINANCES
Sec. 17-1. - State misdemeanors, violations and offenses.
(a) Any person committing an offense within the corporate limits of the city that is declared by a law of the state to be a misdemeanor shall be guilty of an offense against the city.
(b) Any person committing an offense within the corporate limits of the city, or that is declared by a law of the state to be a violation shall be guilty of an offense against the city.
(c) Any person committing within the corporate limits of the city an offense as defined by section 13A-1-2 of the Alabama Criminal Code, which offense is not declared by a law of the state to be a felony, misdemeanor or violation shall be guilty of an offense against the city.
(d) A person convicted of a violation of this section shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500.00 or by imprisonment in the city jail or hard labor for a period not exceeding six months, or by any combination, except when in the enforcement of penalties prescribed in Code of Ala. 1975, § 32-5A-191 [Alabama’s DUI statute] or 32-5A-191.3, such penalty shall not exceed the fines and sentences of imprisonment or hard labor as provided by state law; when a provision of this Code provides a particular penalty expressly applicable to certain violations, the express penalty shall be the penalty imposed upon the conviction for those certain violations. The penalty imposed upon a corporation shall consist of the fine only, plus costs of court. Except as otherwise provided by law or ordinance, with respect to violations of this Code that are continuous with respect to time, each day that the violation continues is a separate offense.
(Code 1982, § 18-4; Ord. No. 83-448, § 1, 10-13-1983; Ord. No. 96-290, 4-11-1996) State law reference— Penalties for ordinance violations, Code of Ala. 1975, § 11-45-9.
If you are looking for a DUI attorney to defend against charges in Huntsville City Court or a DUI in the Madison County District Court, contact us today!