A first DUI (driving under the influence) conviction is a misdemeanor in Alabama. A DUI is considered a first offense in Alabama if the driver has no prior DUI convictions within the past ten years. First offenders typically face up to a year of jail, fines, probation, and license suspension.
A second DUI (driving under the influence) conviction is a misdemeanor in Alabama. A DUI is considered a second offense in Alabama if the driver has one prior DUI that occurred within the last ten years, including out-of-state convictions. Second offenders face up to a year of jail, fines, probation, and license suspension.
Sobriety checkpoints are permitted in Alabama (see 515 So.2d 149 (Ala Cr. 1987)). These checkpoints (also referred to as "mobile checkpoints" or "roadblocks") are police traffic stops that are not tied to any specific or individual suspicions.
Alabama’s implied consent law specifies that any person who operates a vehicle within the state is deemed to have consented to a blood, breath, or urine test to measure blood alcohol content (BAC). However, a driver is required to test only if lawfully arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).