If you are found guilty of a DUI in Alabama, the punishment may range from a 90-day suspension of your driver’s license up to a lengthy prison sentence if someone is hurt or killed. The legally allowable limit for a driver’s blood alcohol concentration level is .08 in Alabama. A test showing a higher BAC level may result in you facing a DUI charge or possible criminal charges if injury or death occurs. As reported by WAFF 48 news, a Huntsville man caught driving under the influence pleaded guilty to murder and will spend 20 years in prison for a fatal DUI crash.

After law enforcement determined alcohol was involved, the Madison County resident collected his third DUI. This one, however, ended with a head-on collision that killed a woman who was eight months pregnant. Although the baby was delivered after the crash, it died shortly after birth. Because of the live birth, there were two victims caught up in the collision. With two separate fatalities and two prior DUI convictions, the sentencing judge decided that this man’s third offense required a more severe punishment. The Madison County Circuit judge ordered him to serve 20 years in prison, and to pay restitution and the court’s costs.

Most penalties, however, are not as harsh. A first-time DUI conviction without any injuries or fatalities to another person may only result in a suspension of your driver’s license. You may also be required to attend a hearing to request keeping your driver’s license while your case is still pending. Repeat offenses, however, may result in longer suspensions that can last up to five years.

Drinking before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle may come with debilitating consequences. If you are stopped by an arresting officer, tested and determined to be above the legal BAC limit, you may be charged with a DUI. Having your license suspended might include other negative effects, such as an inability to commute to work and a difficult time maintaining your reputation in the community.

This information is provided as a general idea of what may occur when found driving under the influence in Alabama. It should not be considered legal advice.