A first time DUI conviction can land you in jail. You could face a year in jail for one DUI conviction. One DUI can also have other serious consequences. You can go to jail, pay large fines, lose your drivers license for 90 days, your car insurance will triple, you may lose your job or security clearance at work, and it could ruin your reputation with your friends, neighbors or co-workers. Furthermore, a DUI conviction will stay on your record forever. There is no expungement provision in Alabama.
Most people charged with a DUI have much to lose. Do not plead guilty until you speak with a criminal defense attorney that focuses their practice on DUI defense. Too many people blindly try to make these charges go away by quickly pleading guilty to the charges. An Alabama DUI charge is a serious offense and you need to take it seriously. Pleading guilty is normally the last option. You are innocent until proven guilty and you should make the state prove your guilt in court.