A DUI conviction can follow you years into the future, as you go to apply for schools, hunt for jobs or even in your romantic relationships.
For example, you never want to be known as the “bloody, pregnant zombie DUI lady,” as one local woman is now recognized throughout the country.
Birmingham DUI lawyers understand that the case grabbed attention precisely because it sounds so crazy, but in reality, it's not much different from the thousands of DUI arrests that are made throughout the country on celebratory holidays.
According to The Birmingham News, police received a 911 call shortly after 8 a.m. by a motorist on 41st Street, who said a woman was parked at a traffic light, motionless, unresponsive and covered in blood. It appeared, the caller said, as if she'd been shot and was already dead.
Officers rushed to the scene to find a woman hunched over the steering wheel. Indeed, it appeared as if the woman was deceased. Not only that, she appeared heavily pregnant.
But as it turned out, she was still breathing. In fact, she was drunk and passed out, dressed in full zombie costume – fake pregnant belly, phony blood, gore and all – from the night before. Her white face paint made her appearance all the more ghastly.
She was awoken by the officers, medically cleared, handcuffed searched and transported to jail on a single charge of DUI.
Officers later said they were unsure of exactly how long the woman had been stopped at the intersection, but they don't believe it could have been too long. The intersection is a fairly busy one, and a parked vehicle in front of the traffic signal would have caused significant traffic delays, which likely would have been promptly reported. The keys were still in the ignition and the engine was still running.
The arrest made national news.
Thankfully, police did not release the name of the woman, but it will eventually be part of the public record and a subsequent conviction would show up on a background check. Plus, a picture of the woman has been widely circulated by the local newspaper. The one good thing about that is she doesn't appear entirely recognizable.
Most DUI arrests in Alabama aren't fodder for tabloids in New York and California, but as we mentioned before, the effects can still haunt you.
Alabama Code 32-5A-191 prohibits driving or being “in actual physical control” of ANY vehicle while your blood alcohol level is at 0.08 percent or higher or while impaired by any other substance.
A conviction will result in a maximum one year in prison, a fine of somewhere between $600 and $2,100 and license revocation for at least three months.
As an adult, that conviction will remain on your permanent criminal record, which can be accessed by the public.
If you're convicted for DUI a second time, you're looking at a maximum of one year in jail (and or 30 days of community service) and a fine of up to $5,100 and a one-year license suspension.
These of course, only apply if you didn't hurt anyone else or cause property damage. In those cases, penalties may be higher.
Even in cases like this, where the evidence seems insurmountable, there are almost always technicalities or, at the very least, options for plea deals that can result in reduced or dropped charges.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Birmingham, call Defense Lawyer Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.
Halloween hangover: Birmingham police say report of possible DOA was actually a bloody, pregnant zombie DUI, Nov. 1, 2012, By Carol Robinson, The Birmingham News
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