If you have been arrested for driving under the influence or another crime, you have the right to defend yourself against the charges pending against you. This includes retaining a knowledgeable DUI defense attorney who can help you investigate your case and determine possible defenses that could lead to a reduction in charges or possible acquittal. The Richardson Law Offices in Chilton County can assist you with your DUI defense or other criminal matter, such as lower level misdemeanors or an offense in Alabama municipal court. We also assist clients with family law and bankruptcy matters.DUI Laws in Alabama
Driving under the influence (sometimes called DUI, DWI, or OUI) is a serious offense in Alabama. If convicted, an offender could be sentenced to up to a year in jail, as well as fined up to $2000. In addition, even a first offender faces a license suspension of 90 days. Subsequent DUI convictions have longer terms of imprisonment and license suspension, along with higher fines. For example, a DUI fourth offense is considered a Class C felony and could result in up to 10 years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, and revocation of driving privileges for five years. For subsequent DUIs, it is not uncommon for a defendant to also face driving-on-a-revoked-license charges in addition to DUI, if he or she was operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license.
Under the Alabama Criminal Code, a person 21 years old or older may be convicted of driving under the influence if he or she has a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08%. A DUI conviction can also result from the use of a substance (such as illegal drugs or possibly even prescription medications) that render a driver incapable of safe driving. For drivers who are under the age of 21, it only takes a BAC of .02% to support a driving under the influence conviction. Those with commercial or chauffer’s licenses may be subject to stiffer standards and additional penalties.Defenses to an Alabama DUI Charge
There are many factors that go into determining whether an individual is guilty of driving under the influence. An experienced DUI attorney can help you review the circumstances of your arrest, including whether the officer had probable cause to stop you or whether a DUI roadblock or checkpoint was legally administered. In addition, a lawyer can investigate the details of your blood alcohol or field sobriety test (such as a walk-and-turn test, nystagmus test, or one-leg-stand test) as well as the circumstances that led to your refusal to take a BAC test, if applicable.
The Richardson Law Offices can also assist you with other charges that you may be facing in municipal court (such as traffic tickets), as well as other misdemeanor matters. The burden is always on the State to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in a criminal case. It is your constitutional right to hire an attorney to make sure that the State follows every procedural and legal requirement for a conviction, as well as to assist you in presenting any defenses for which you may qualify.Contact a Chilton County DUI Defense Attorney to Help with Your Case
DUI and other criminal convictions can greatly upset your life and livelihood. In addition to the jail time and fines that accompany a conviction, having a criminal record can hurt you later on when you apply for a job or other opportunity in which it is necessary to disclose a prior arrest and conviction. Automobile insurance rates are also subject to a sharp increase following a driving under the influence charge or other traffic-related conviction. If you are facing criminal charges, you need an attorney who will explain the law to you and help you understand the consequences of a conviction, as well as the steps necessary to minimize or reduce the charges against you, if at all possible. To schedule an appointment with an experienced Chilton County DUI defense lawyer, call the Richardson Law Offices at (205) 280-6155. We handle cases throughout Chilton County, southern Shelby County, and northern Autauga County, as well as the surrounding area, including Pelham, Prattville, Clanton, and other cities along the 1-65 corridor. In addition to handling DUI and other criminal cases, we also handle Alabama bankruptcy and family matters.
“My 19 year old son was stopped in rural Central Alabama and arrested for DUI and possession of marijuana. Byron Mark Richardson was a colleague and friend of mine for many years prior to assisting us, but during the process he showed me that he is a caring, engaging professional that will work hard to help his client get a favorable resolution to pending charges. As a fellow attorney, I really respect how he helped my son. I am glad to call Byron my friend.”
“I was 20 years old and in the United States on a Student Visa when I was pulled over for running a stop sign. Although I was not drunk and knew that I had not run the stop sign, the officer demanded to search my car and told me that I would go to jail if I did not agree to let him do the search. I was in the country on a student visa at the time and scared so I let the officer search my car. He let my friend walk home to the dorm, but made me stay. My friend left a bag of marijuana in the car and I was arrested for DUI, possession and threatened with deportation. Byron Mark Richardson got all of the charges dismissed. Not only did he help me avoid any jail time and got the charges dismissed, he also helped me complete my naturalization papers to become a US Citizen. I now live in the United States with my wife and children and owe him a great deal of gratitude. He helped me reach my dream.”