Deciding to drive in Alabama after using substances that are illegal or that could impair your driving ability could lead to significant consequences. One of these is being stopped by an officer and charged with a DUI. Here are a few things that you can expect if this happens.
If an officer stops you for a DUI, there are a few tests that could be administered. One of these is a breathalyzer test. A device is used to get a measurement of the level of alcohol that is in your blood. There are typically legal limits, and if you are over that limit, then you could be arrested. A sobriety test could also be administered. This involves walking in a straight line or reciting the alphabet or other phrases that are asked by the officer.
If you are arrested, you’ll be read your Miranda rights and be placed in the officer’s vehicle. Once you arrive at the courthouse or the jail, you’ll typically be booked into the system. This means that you’ll be fingerprinted, have your picture taken and could be given a bond amount by the judge that could be posted by you or someone else so that you can get out of jail until you go to court. The court hearing could involve the judge asking for evidence from the prosecutor that shows that you were driving while intoxicated. If the evidence isn’t valid, then the charges could be dismissed. If the charges are correct, then you’ll receive a sentence from the court.
If you’re intoxicated and behind the wheel of a vehicle, there are a few possibilities that could happen that can impact your driving record as well as your freedom depending on the severity of the incident.