August 25, 2014

Checkpoints in Alabama Increase Through Labor Day

DUI checkpoints in Alabama will increase from mid-August through Labor Day. The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign is intended to reduce the number of drunk drivers on the road, but will ultimately result in an increased number of DUIs issued in Birmingham and statewide.

Individuals who are stopped at a checkpoint should be aware of their rights. While checkpoints are legal, law enforcement offers must follow specific procedures to ensure compliance with the law. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys will review any DUI case involving a checkpoint to determine whether officers were following regulatory standards.

DUIcheck.jpgAccording to reports, the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign rolled out this month. Through the remainder of August and into early September, law enforcement officials will be increasing efforts to pull over, arrest, and criminally charge alleged drunk drivers. The North Alabama Highway Office reports more than 10,000 people die every year in drunk driving accidents. The campaign is part of an effort to reduce drunk driving accidents. While authorities have good intentions to prevent drunk driving accidents, civil liberties and rights are also important in the process.

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August 20, 2014

Alabama and Tennessee Team Up to Launch DUI Campaign

In Alabama and nationwide, anti-DUI campaigns are launched to prevent drunk driving accidents. While the efforts are well intentioned, law enforcement departments, agencies, and their officers will be aggressively targeting drivers with criminal charges and penalties.

While these charges may be warranted in some cases, other drivers will unfairly face arrest and penalties, including jail time, fines, loss of license, and the long-term consequences of a conviction. Alabama and Tennessee are teaming up to launch a highly visible campaign known as “Hands Across Borders” through Labor Day. The goal of the campaign is to reduce the number of DUI-related accidents. Law enforcement officers will be targeting all drivers on the interstates and Alabama and Tennessee roads.

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Drunk driving can result in serious accidents, injuries and wrongful death. Targeting alleged drunk drivers can result in arrests, jail time, and severe consequences for defendants. While DUI campaigns may reduce drunk driving, individuals who are targeted deserve experienced defense when fighting criminal charges. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals who have been charged with drunk driving. We understand the severe consequences of an arrest and conviction and will work to minimize charges and penalties.

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August 17, 2014

Former Birmingham Mayor’s Grandson Charged With DUI, Felony Murder

In a bizarre and tragic DUI case, the grandson of a former Birmingham mayor has been charged with murder after an alcohol-related accident resulted in the death of a Georgia woman. According to local news reports, the 23-year-old defendant from Pelham has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of malice murder, three counts of aggravated assault and felony murder. Court records indicate the young driver was charged after a June 25th accident that resulted in the death of a 53-year-old woman. He has been held without bond since his arrest.

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In DUI cases that result in serious personal injury or fatalities, the charges will often extend beyond misdemeanor drinking and driving. In the most serious cases of reckless driving or intentional injury, defendants can face manslaughter or even murder charges. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are experienced in handling even the most complex DUI cases. We understand the potential criminal and personal consequences faced by defendants and will explore every available defense in your case. Our priority is ensuring every defendant gets a fair trial and that no Alabama resident is over-charged or over-penalized for their offenses.

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August 14, 2014

Non-Criminal Penalties and Disciplinary Action After DUI

In the event you are pulled over for DUI, your first concerns will likely be the potential for criminal penalties, including jail time, fines and a damaging criminal record. Immediately after an arrest, it is important to remember that you still have rights and the potential to defeat the charges waged against you. Once convicted, you will likely face a host of other consequences in your personal and professional life. As the recent cases involving Alabama football players demonstrates, your DUI could follow you long after your sentence is completed.

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The University of Alabama football coach has been criticized for not taking more severe disciplinary action against six players who were convicted of crimes, including two DUIs. The players convicted of the most recent DUIs were suspended from activities, but have not been kicked off the team. These cases are a reminder that a DUI can have additional consequences beyond criminal penalties. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are experienced in providing strategic advocacy and counsel to individuals who have been pulled over and arrested for drinking and driving. We understand the immediate and long-term consequences of a DUI and will pursue every available defense to avoid conviction.

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August 12, 2014

Zero Tolerance Laws for Underage Drunk Driving in Alabama

Underage drinking combined with a DUI can result in serious penalties and lasting consequences for any offender. Parents and juveniles who have been charged should have a clear understanding of how the criminal justice system may work differently for young offenders. Those facing criminal charges should also be aware that stiff penalties and a criminal record could impact future educational and job opportunities. At the time of a juvenile DUI arrest, it is important to consult with a local attorney who can review the facts of your case, the charges filed, and work to minimize penalties.

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While juvenile courts are often more lenient, underage drunk driving offenders will often face more severe penalties than drivers who are over the legal drinking age of 21. Our Birmingham underage drunk driving defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients. We know that the criminal justice system is complex and will take the time to inform you of your rights, explore your options, and provide optimal representation to achieve the best possible outcome in your case. No juvenile should suffer lifetime consequences for a one-time mistake.

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August 9, 2014

Does Eating Yeast Before Drinking Lower BAC?

Whether you are a regular drinker or only drink occasionally, you may not know how much it takes to get you drunk. What factors will contribute to your blood-alcohol content?

Most people know that having enough to eat, drinking water, and spacing the number of drinks you consume over time can reduce the rate at which blood-alcohol levels rise. Recently, researchers investigated whether certain foods can actually break down alcohol faster, thereby reducing your overall blood-alcohol content. According to a report on Alabama Public Radio, a recent study shows that eating yeast could potentially reduce blood-alcohol content.

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No one wants to suffer a dreaded hangover, but even worse, your BAC can make the difference between a DUI charge and staying below the legal limit. Our Birmingham drunk driving defense attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of DUI defendants throughout Alabama. In addition to staying abreast of legislative developments in DUI law, we are also informed about new research and the relationship between food consumption, alcohol intake, and blood alcohol levels.

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August 6, 2014

MADD Advances Harsher Penalties for Drunk Drivers

In Alabama and nationwide, MADD is spearheading legislative changes to increase penalties for drunk drivers. While reducing accidents and injuries is a positive step forward, the increased penalties, fines, and criminal sentences for offenders can make it difficult to get back on track. In many cases, a first-time offender may be only slightly over the limit or is convicted due to the inaccurate testing. In such cases, defendants need strategic and aggressive advocacy to prevent a criminal drunk driving charge that could carry significant and lasting penalties.

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Since its founding in 1980, MADD has continued to raise awareness about drunk driving and has pushed through legislation to penalize drunk drivers. While the most recent focus is on mandating ignition-interlock devices for first-time offenders, the organization has a long-history of pushing through legislation to curb drunk driving.

Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are abreast of legislative changes that impact the rights of our clients. While we are respectful of groups looking to minimize accidents and injuries, we are also committed to ensuring that drivers are not wrongfully convicted or over-penalized for their offenses.

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August 3, 2014

Interlock Ignition Law Goes Into Effect: But Do They Work?

Legislators, law enforcement, and advocacy groups are always looking for new and innovative ways to curb drunk driving. Raising awareness, increasing fines and penalties, and investing in law enforcement are the primary methods of reducing drunk drivers on the road. Alabama’s new interlock ignition law will go into effect this month, requiring many convicted drunk drivers install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Ignition-interlock devices will prevent any vehicle from starting if the driver blows above .02. While many ignition devices are court mandated, other drivers have opted for the device in lieu of a driver’s license suspension.

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The law was passed in 2011 and is now being fully implemented statewide. Individuals who have been recently charged or arrested for DUI should be aware of legislative changes as well as the potential penalties they may face. Our Birmingham drunk driving defense attorneys are dedicated to providing strategic and informed defense on behalf of our clients. We will take a comprehensive approach to understand the facts of your case, challenge the allegations made against you and work towards the best possible resolution.

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July 30, 2014

Smartphone Breathalyzer Released, Selling for $50 Each

Could new technology help you to prevent a DUI? A smartphone breathalyzer app has been released and is now available for $50, according to reports. The inventor of the app hopes that every person of drinking age purchases it to prevent future DUI arrests and accidents. For individuals who don’t know whether they are over the legal limit, claims are that the app could be the difference between an arrest, or an accident, possibly life or death. A San Francisco based company launched the BACtrack Vio, a breathalyzer that can be carried on a key chain and used in combination with a Smartphone application.

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Have you ever wondered if you were over the legal limit before you got behind the wheel? Did you feel you were capable of driving, but may have had too much? For many DUI defendants, it is a close call. They may be slightly over or under the legal limit, but even slightly over the legal limit is going to result in an arrest and DUI charge.

Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are dedicated to providing strategic advocacy and defense to our clients. We will take the time to review police records, witness statements, and other evidence in your case. After reviewing the facts, we will aggressively defend your rights and work towards the best possible results, including a dismissal of charges or a reduction in penalties.

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July 26, 2014

Former Police Officer May Return to Prison After 2nd DUI

Drunk driving arrests and accidents often involve unlikely defendants. In a 2011 case, a former Mount Vernon police officer was involved in a fatal drunk-driving accident. He was arrested for another DUI in June and could be headed to prison. Many repeat drunk drivers also have addiction and substance abuse problems. For those suffering from alcoholism, treatment options could reduce a criminal sentence and prevent future accidents. In this case, an Alabama police officer is now facing additional criminal penalties and may face prison time for violating probation and his second DUI.

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Repeat DUI offenders will likely face additional and harsher penalties, especially if they were on probation or driving on a suspended license. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are dedicated to providing comprehensive and strategic advocacy to protect the rights of our clients. We will take the time to review the evidence in your case and explore all available defenses. For repeat offenders or individuals who have an alcohol or substance abuse problem, it is possible to seek alternative sentencing options or to reduce penalties for those who seek treatment.

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July 21, 2014

Could Uber Prevent Birmingham DUIs?

Transportation alternatives, including busses, trains, and cabs can help make sure drivers and their passengers get home safely after a night out. Uber, a growing transportation service, could provide a local alternative to reduce DUIs. So why is there pushback in Birmingham? Recent reports indicate that Birmingham Council members have delayed action on updating codes regarding taxi and vehicles for hire. Uber officials have called the proposals “antiquated and restrictive.” Now the company is taking on council and urging locals to lobby against the proposed rules, which would prevent transportation options like Uber.

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Current legislation restricts Birmingham residents from accessing alternative transportation options, which evidence has shown to reduce the number of DUIs in cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles. Under the current code, cars and drivers who contract for hire are operating illegally. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are committed to reducing DUIs and DUI accidents. We are also committed to defending individuals who have been charged. In addition to representing members of the Birmingham community, we are also abreast of local and national issues that influence DUI prevention.

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July 16, 2014

Second Alabama Lineman Arrested for DUI

For the second time this month, an Alabama football player has been arrested and charged with drunk driving. According to reports, defensive lineman Jarran Reed was arrested and charged with DUI and held on a $1,000 bond. Police reports indicate that the player was driving above the .08 legal limit at .13 percent. Professional athletes are often in the public limelight when arrested and charged with DUI. In addition to criminal penalties, the players can face additional personal and professional consequences off the field.

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DUI can lead to significant hardships, including fines, penalties, and jail time. Though a DUI arrest can put you under legal scrutiny, remember you have opportunities to protect yourself and your rights. Our Birmingham DUI defense attorneys are dedicated to providing aggressive and strategic advocacy to individuals charged with drunk driving throughout Alabama. We will take a comprehensive approach to review the facts of your case, identify any misconduct by officers and weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and pursue every opportunity to minimize charges and penalties.

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