Penalties for Driving Under the Influence of Drugs in Alabama

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Alabama's DUI laws prohibit not only drunk driving but also driving or being in actual physical control of a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or other impairing substances.

This article explains and defines these legal terms and lays out the penalties of a drugged driving conviction in Alabama.

How Alabama's DUI Laws Apply to Drug Use

Alabama's DUI law makes it illegal to drive while impaired to a degree that renders the person incapable of safely driving a vehicle.

How Alabama Prosecutors Prove a Driver was Under the Influence of Drugs

To get a DUI conviction, the prosecutor must prove that the driver was incapable of safely driving.

In proving a DUI charge, prosecutors might use the chemical test results showing the amount of drugs in the driver's system, expert testimony, and the observations of the arresting officers. Observations of poor field sobriety test performance, stumbling, confusion, delayed reaction, or other indications of impairment can lead to a DUI conviction.

Alabama's DUI Laws Include Impairment Resulting from any Intoxicating Substance

Drugged driving violations are not limited to just illicit and illegal drugs. A driver can be convicted if they are impaired due to any substance, be it marijuana, cocaine, or even prescription drugs.

A Doctor's Prescription Isn't a Defense to a DUI Charge in Alabama

The fact that the driver had a valid prescription for the medication cannot be used as an excuse for impaired driving. If the prosection can prove impairment, the driver can be convicted of a DUI regardless of whether the substance ingested was prescribed by a doctor.

Alabama's Drug DUI Penalties

The penalties for drugged driving are the same as those for drunk driving.

1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Jail

Up to 1 year

5 days to 1 year

60 days to 1 year

Fines

$600 to $2,100

$1,100 to $5,100

$2,100 to $10,100

License Suspension

90 days

1-year revocation

3-year revocation

Ignition Interlock Device (IID)

6 months

2 years

3 years

In some situations, the minimum jail sentence can be served through completing community service. And it might be possible to obtain a restricted IID license during part of the suspension or revocation period.

Anyone convicted of a DUI in Alabama must obtain a substance abuse evaluation and complete all court-ordered treatment for probation and license reinstatement.

Talk to an Alabama DUI Attorney

The penalties for a DUI conviction are serious. If you've been arrested for driving under the influence, you should get in touch with a qualified DUI lawyer. An experienced attorney can help you understand how the law applies in your case, advise you on any possible defenses, and assist you in deciding on the best course of action.

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