DUI Felony In Alabama
If you were recently arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Alabama, did you know that the offense could be classified as a felony? Indeed, state law specifies a number of instances where a DUI—typically a misdemeanor crime—can be treated as a felony charge. Here’s what you need to know about felony DUI in Alabama.
Although most DUIs are considered misdemeanor offenses, in cases that involve “extenuating circumstances,” the charge may be elevated to a felony. For example, if you have been convicted of four our more DUIs within a five-year period, a subsequent offense will be treated as a felony. Likewise, if you were arrested after being involved in a serious auto accident that caused significant property damage and/or led to the death or injury of another person, you will most likely be charged with felony DUI for your actions.
In addition to the above scenarios, a DUI may also be classified as a felony offense if you were travelling with an underage passenger, were driving in a school zone, or were going 30 miles or more above the posted speed limit. You can also expect your offense to be treated as a felony if your driver’s license was suspended at the time of your arrest or you were caught driving with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.16% or more.
Penalties For Felony DUI
Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your arrest, you will face some very stringent sentencing guidelines if you are charged with felony DUI. In addition to losing your driver’s license for five years or more, you can expect to spend anywhere from one to ten years behind bars (depending on the situation) and pay as much as $10,000 in fines. A felony conviction will also result in the loss of a number of civil liberties, including your right to vote, purchase firearms, and travel outside of the country.
Last, but not least, if you are convicted of felony DUI, your conviction will haunt you long after you have completed the terms of your sentence. From paying two to three times more for auto insurance to finding yourself ineligible for certain housing, educational, and employment opportunities, a felony conviction can wreak havoc on your personal life.