Alabama DUI Deferred Prosecution

Posted by Steve Eversole | Jan 14, 2008 | 0 Comments

In some circumstances it is possible to negotiate a deferred prosecution for an Alabama DUI charge.  A deferred prosecution is basically where the person charged with an Alabama DUI agrees to plead guilty.  However, as long as the defendant completes certain requirements(which differ slightly by jurisdiction), the Alabama DUI charges are dropped.  A typical Alabama DUI deferred prosecution requires the defendant to pay fines, attend alcohol abuse classes, take random drug and alcohol screenings, and complete community service.  Normally the defendant will have approximately six months to complete these requirements.  If these requirements are met, the prosecution dismisses the Alabama driving under the influence charge.  Deferred prosecution is sometimes advisable when there are no other grounds to have your Alabama DUI charge dismissed, when an attorney believes he cannot win a jury trial, or when the client/defendant wants to end his DUI nightmare quickly and for less money.  It is a beneficial strategy because your permanent record is at stake.  Just one DUI conviction can end jobs, increase insurance, stay on your record forever, etc. etc.  Deferred prosecution eliminates most of the serious and lasting consequences of an Alabama DUI charge.  Deferred prosecution can be offered to those with multiple Alabama DUI convictions as well.

As an Alabama DUI lawyer and attorney, I have participated in numerous deferred prosecution negotiations.  It is essential that anyone charged with a DUI in Alabama hire an experienced Alabama DUI lawyer who can get you the best deal possible.  Deferred prosecution is not guaranteed nor offered to everyone.  Unfortunately, I have seen way too many Alabama DUI defendants go to court without hiring an attorney and end up with a permanent criminal record when they would otherwise qualify for deferred prosecution. 

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Steve Eversole

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