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Alabama DUI Laws

Courtesy of Tom Wilson Counseling CenterAlabama DUI LawsSection 32-5A-191 Driving while under influence of alcohol, controlled substances, etc. (a) A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle while:
(1) There is 0.08 percent or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood;
(2) Under the influence of alcohol;
(3) Under the influence of a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving;
(4) Under the combined influence of alcohol and a controlled substance to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving; or
(5) Under the influence of any substance which impairs the mental or physical faculties of such person to a degree which renders him or her incapable of safely driving.
(b) A person who is under the age of 21 years shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle if there is .02 percentage or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood. The Department of Public Saf…

DUI Court Delays Caused by California Budget Cuts

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Recent budget cuts in the California court system have resulted in closed courts, fewer staff and many delays in civil cases, but also in criminal cases such as DUI and drug arrest trials and hearings.

An LA Times article states that the California courts have lost about 65% of their state support in the last 5 years and affects from those cuts are continuing to increase. These cuts are causing delays in hearings and trials, causing records to go unprocessed for many months, and reducing the number of services at public windows.
What does this mean for those arrested for a DUI?
One of the most damaging results of a DUI is the temporary loss of your driver’s license.Normally, the California DMV will automatically suspend your driver’s license unless you request a DMV hearing within ten days of your arrest.This delays suspension until the outcome of the hearing is determined.If you win your hearing, no suspension occurs.But, how will this affect you if the court delays your hearing due …