Alabama Ignition Interlock Laws
Anyone convicted of a DUI in the state of Alabama faces many potential penalties. These penalties include jail time, significant fines, community service and mandatory attendance at a substance abuse and rehabilitation course.
In 2012, Alabama added a new penalty that is aimed at supervising DUI offenders once they are back on the road. Now certain first-time DUI convictions and subsequent DUI offenses require a person to install an Ignition Interlock device on his or her vehicle. With this device, a motor vehicle will not start until the driver blows into it and registers a reading indicating no alcohol is present in his or her system.
The DUI defense attorneys at The Bloomston Firm have more than 25 years of combined criminal defense experience and remain up-to-date in recent changes in Alabama’s Ignition Interlock laws. We provide strong, aggressive defense to anyone charged with a DUI and can answer any questions you might have surrounding the new requirements.
Call our firm today at 205-212-9700. You may also contact our firm online and we will respond as soon as possible to discuss your situation.
DUI Penalties — Birmingham Ignition Interlock Device Requirements
If you are facing your first DUI charge, you could still be required to have an Ignition Interlock device installed on your vehicle for a period of two years if:
- Your BAC registered .15 or greater
- You refused to take a BAC test or refused to provide a BAC sample
- A child under the age of 14 was in your vehicle
- Another person was injured at the time of the offense
If any of these factors were present in your case, it is important to seek experienced legal help as soon as possible. The Bloomston Firm will conduct a thorough analysis of your situation and determine if the arresting officer has justification to pull over your vehicle or if your rights were violated at any time.
Subsequent DUI convictions require the device to be installed whether any of these factors are present or not. For example, a second DUI conviction in a five-year period requires the device to be installed for a period of two years, while a third conviction in a five-year period results in three years of Ignition Interlock supervision.
Not only will you have to register your BAC before you start your vehicle, but you will be responsible for the fees and costs associated with the use of the Ignition Interlock device.
Contact an Alabama DUI Defense Lawyer
To arrange a consultation, contact our firm online or call The Bloomston Firm today at 205-212-9700.