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2016 Alabama Legislative Session Ends, Impact on Alabama DUI Law

The 2016 regular session of the Alabama Legislature has come to a close. Every year one or more bills seek to change Alabama’s DUI law.  This year was no different.  It’s time to take a look at 2016’s legislative hits and misses as it relates to Alabama DUI defense. The bill I will address in this post did not ultimately pass, but I address it first for two reasons.  One, it would have made more sweeping changes to Alabama DUI ... Read More »

ARE YOU REQUIRED TO ROLL DOWN YOUR WINDOW AT A DUI ROADBLOCK / CHECKPOINT?

There has been quite a bit of buzz lately about a video illustrating a Florida attorney’s creative advice on handling DUI roadblocks / checkpoints. The video suggests you hang your ID and other documentation outside of your rolled up car window in a zip-lock bag along with a note stating “I remain silent. No searches. I want my lawyer….”  In the video, this approach works like a charm, but that does not mean it is good advice for drivers to ... Read More »

APPROVAL OF NEW ALBAMA DUI IGNITION INTERLOCK DEVICE IS COMING

I have heard from a source close to the matter that the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences is about to approve another ignition interlock device for persons convicted of DUI in Alabama.  Since September 2012, Alabama’s DUI law began requiring ignition interlock installation for all multiple DUI offenders and even on some first time offenders.  The Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences was given responsibility for drafting regulations for ignition interlock installers and for maintaining a list of approved ignition interlock ... Read More »

Alabama Ignition Interlock Law In Effect, But System Is Not Ready

by Phillip B. Price, Sr. Alabama’s new DUI ignition interlock law went into effect at the beginning of September.  However, the regulatory scheme and infrastructure needed for the law to be fully operational and adequately administered is far from complete.  While the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences recently put forth its regulations related to the new law, the Alabama Department of Public Safety appears less prepared.  At present there are only a half dozen interlock installation facilities in Alabama and ... Read More »