People who get behind the wheel after drinking open themselves up to some serious consequences.
Will a DUI mean a fine? Losing your license? Jail time? More sobering is the possibility of injuring or even killing someone in a drunk driving accident. What recourse do the victims of DUI have against drunk drivers? If you have a question about a DUI-related arrest or injury, give us a call. We’ll take your questions live.
Drunk driving accidents –
Q. Can I be charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Alabama if I am in the car and not driving?
A. A person can be charged with DUI in Alabama they are found to be in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, if their alcohol blood level is 0.08% or greater, or under the influence of anything that could impair mental and/or physical faculties.
Q. Do I have to be driving a car to get a DUI in Alabama?
A. It is a common belief that you have to be driving a vehicle to be charged with DUI. However, in Alabama you only need to be in physical control of the vehicle to be charged with DUI i.e. you could be asleep or sitting in the car.
Q. If a police officer asks if I have been drinking, what do I say?
A. You do not have to answer incriminating questions. If you have been drinking and you are pulled over the best answer is to ask to speak to an attorney.
Q. Am I required to take a field sobriety test?
A. No! You do no have to take a field sobriety test and normally tests like these just give a jury more evidence to convict you. If the officer has asked you to take a field sobriety test, he/she has probably already decided to arrest you.
Q. Can I refuse a breathalyzer?
A If you refuse a breath test, sometimes known as a breathalyzer, your license can be suspended for 90 days.
Q. If I get a DUI conviction, will it go on my record?
A. Yes, with the only exception being youthful offender. If you are convicted for a DUI in Alabama, that conviction will always appear on your record.
Q. Does a DUI conviction always involve consuming alcohol?
A. No.You can be convicted of DUI in Alabama if you are under the influence of a controlled substance, legal prescription medication, or any substance that makes you unable to drive carefully.