Under the Sixth Amendment of the US Constitution, you have the right to a speedy trial in all criminal matters. This protects you against unnecessary delays, but we understand that it can also feel like things are happening too fast. 

For better or for worse, you would not have time to wait around when it comes to defending yourself from an unjust accusation of DUI. There are schedules to keep, processes to begin and timers running from the moment of your arrest. 

Getting your license back 

If you are like many of our clients, the first thing you would want to do would be to get your driving privileges back. In some cases, you could do this while you defend yourself from the allegations you face. 

In general, you would have a strict time limit to request a hearing for reinstatement of your license: sooner than 10 days after your arrest. This is not typically negotiable — you would probably have to wait until your case is resolved if you miss this deadline. 

You would probably want to start earlier rather than later for two main reasons. First: Requesting a hearing is just the beginning of the process to get your license back. Second: You would want to have ample time to complete your request accurately and submit it to the proper authorities. 

Fighting a suspension 

There are various rules when it comes to DUI, and, in Alabama, one of the most important factors of your case would probably be the number of previous offenses you have. However, nothing — not even a less-than-perfect record — should keep you from investigating all of your options in a criminal defense situation. A look at the details of your case could reveal opportunities you did not know you had.