By Phillip B. Price, Sr. Attorney
The Alabama legislature passed into law a new version of Alabama’s DUI statute, increasing greatly the penalties that will apply to certain cases. Persons who are arrested for DUI after September 1, 2011 and whose blood alcohol is .15% or greater will be subject to the new law. The basics of the bill are intended to address those people who are convicted of DUI who have a particularly high alcohol level in their blood. The pertinent part of the act reads as follows:
“When any person convicted of violating this section (DUI code section 32-5A-191, Code of Alabama 1975) is found to have had at least 0.15 percent or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood while operating or being in actual physical control of a vehicle, he or she shall be sentenced to at least double the minimum punishment that the person would have received if he or she had less than 0.15 percent by weight of alcohol in his or her blood. If the adjudicated offense is a misdemeanor, the minimum punishment shall be imprisonment for one year, all of which may be suspended except as otherwise provided for in Section 32-5A-191(f) and Section 32-5A-191 (g). In addition, the director of Public Safety shall revoke the driving privileges or driver’s license of the person convicted for a period of not less than one year.”MoreNew Alabama DUI Law in effect Sept. 1, 2011
Phillip Price Releases Updated Edition of the Alabama DUI Handbook
The latest edition of the Alabama DUI Handbook by nationally known DUI defense attorney Phillip B. Price, Sr. is now available from West®. This new and improved edition features extensive coverage of Alabama's DUI laws, the law of search and seizure, field sobriety testing, breath alcohol testing, and many other topics that relate to the representation of clients accused of DUI. It is a powerful resource for any Alabama attorney who handles DUI cases. The Alabama DUI Handbook can be purchased here from West®.
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