Frequently Asked DUI Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Can I get a hardship driver license if my license is suspended for a DUI conviction in Alabama?

Answer: No.  Alabama has no provision for hardship driver permits.  Though, your driving privilege may be saved through other ways.

Question: What about my license?

Answer: Alabama considers driving on Alabama’s roadways as a privilege, not a right.  Thus, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will suspend your license if you are arrested for DUI even if you have not been convicted in a criminal court.  In order to protect your license from being suspended, you (or the attorney you hire) have only ten days from the date of your arrest to file a request for a pre-suspension hearing.

Question: Should I just plead guilty?

Answer: No.  DUI cases are extremely technical for the State to prove.  Because the State always has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and the burden never shifts to you, you should hold the State to its burden.  At the very least, you will want to review the officer’s incident report and watch the video of your stop.

Question: Do I need an attorney?

Answer: Yes.  DUI has too many legal, administrative, and societal implications for you not to take your charges seriously.  The statutory maximum you could potentially receive for a conviction is twelve months in jail.

Question: How much will my DUI representation cost?

Answer: Parkman White, LLP charges a flat fee for all of your DUI legal representation needs.  Payment plans are available.  This includes jury trial, motions, the administrative license suspension hearing, and all court appearances.  Once hired, our law firm takes on all court responsibility and most of the worry.