Gardendale DUI Lawyer
Once named Jugtown, Gardendale, Alabama started life as a farming settlement in 1825. Today the suburb of Birmingham is a growing city of 11,000 residents and more than 400 businesses.
Gardendale Drunk Driving Defense Attorney Steven Eversole has dedicated a significant portion of his legal practice to fighting for the rights of clients charged with drunk driving in Gardendale and the surrounding area. At Eversole Law LLC, you will find the legal experience and resources necessary to challenge allegations of drunk driving in Jefferson County and the surrounding area.
DUI Penalties in AlabamaFirst-Offense Drunk Driving
- Imprisonment up to 1 year
- Up to $2,100 in fines
- 90-day license suspension
- Up to 1 year in jail
- Five days mandatory jail or
- 30 days community service
- Up to $5,100 in fines
- One-year license suspension
- 60 Days to 1 Year in Jail
- Up to $10,000 in fines
- Three-year license suspension
- Felony Offense
- Imprisonment up to 10 years
- Mandatory one year in jail
- Fines up to $10,100
- Complete Chemical Dependency Program
- Five-year license suspension
Too often, motorists think of drunk driving as an open-and-shut case. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the continued emphasis on making DUI arrests has led to an increase in the number of questionable or unfair charges. An officer must have probable cause to stop your vehicle and then must have probable cause to request that you submit to field sobriety testing or a breathalyzer examination.
Police frequently cite “weaving” or “failure to drive within marked lanes” as well as “odor of alcohol” or “slurred speech.” An experienced Gardendale drunk driving defense lawyer can and should challenge such cause. If it can be proven that an officer lacked cause to pull your vehicle over, or did not have the probable cause to request that you submit to testing, your charges can be reduced or dismissed.
An officer's training and conduct at the scene should also be questioned. You'd be surprised how often an officer does not have the required training or makes errors in performing standardized field sobriety testing. Jurors don't like arrests made by officers who apparently don't know what they're doing and judges and prosecutors know it. If problems with an officer's training or conduct can be uncovered – or a defense attorney can uncover problems with a breathalyzer's calibration or maintenance – a reduction or dismissal of the charges is possible.
The state of Alabama files drunk driving charges 14,000 times a year – or about 40 times a day. In most cases, prosecutors are just hoping a defendant pleads out. Making the system deal with you is often enough in an of itself to seek a reduction in charges with the assistance of a qualified criminal defense lawyer.
Make no mistake about it: Having a DUI conviction on your record will impact your life for years to come. Stand and fight. Consult an attorney. Negotiate from strength. If you are facing a DUI charge in Gardendale or elsewhere in the Birmingham area, contact Eversole Law LLC for a confidential consultation to discuss your rights.
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