Alabama DUI Laws for Felony DUI – for an Alabama Fourth DUI Offense

By: Birmingham DUI Lawyer Whitney Polson, Co-Author of Alabama DUI Defense, & Super Lawyer in Alabama

Class “C” Felony Imprisonment – From 1 Year and 1 day to 10 Years, Jail Time is a Mandatory 10 Days minimum and up to Ten Year State Prison term, if Convicted of Class “C” DUI Felony

Fine – Minimum of $4,100 to a maximum of $10,100

Substance Abuse – Complete State-Certified Chemical Dependency Program License


Revocation/Ignition Interlock Options– 5 Years revocation. Option to go one year with no license and then opt for 5 years of mandatory Ignition Interlock.  So, after a minimum period of 1 year of revocation, and Ignition Interlock may be installed for 5 years to commute the balance of the revocation.


DUI Probation – Up to 5 years, with credit for Time Served in Jail

The fourth, or subsequent DUI in Alabama (within 5 years), is a driving under the influence conviction that is a Class C felony DUI. A person convicted of DUI felony in Alabama will be sentenced to no less than one year and one day in state prison and no more than 10 years of imprisonment at an Alabama state prison. This huge range of possible prison sentencing is one place that a DUI attorney with a known reputation and top credentials can make a difference.  The person with an Alabama DUI 4th offense will be fined between $4,100 and $10,100 Dollars, and have his or her Alabama driver’s license suspended for five years. Upon conviction, the accused DUI Alabama offender will also be required to attend a court-approved substance abuse treatment program.



When is a DUI a felony in Alabama?

Under Alabama DUI laws, the DUI first offense (not involving a DUI accident resulting in serious injury or death) is a misdemeanor, and all other states, the 1st DUI offense is a misdemeanor, unless another person has died in a DUI-related accident or been seriously injured by your vehicle that is attributable to your DUI in Alabama. The Alabama DUI first offense conviction in a person’s lifetime is a misdemeanor, under Alabama DUI laws.

Other DUI Felony Penalties in Alabama

Other Alabama DUI felony penalties include (when eligible for reinstatement after getting out of state prison) the installation of an ignition interlock device, which is a breath alcohol test machine attached to the steering column and ignition wiring of your car. This breathalyzer device records and digitally tracks all attempts to crank the car or truck, and prevents a vehicle from being started or driven when any measurable amount of alcohol is detected in your breath.

Beyond DUI attorney reviews – A checklist of legal industry benchmarks

America’s oldest and most esteemed lawyer rating service is Martindale-Hubbell. The best lawyers only reach top attorney ratings from other attorney reviewing them, for skill level and ethical conduct. This is called “peer review.”

Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible rankings are “av” and “preeminent” which indicates the highest attorney skill level and highest ethical ratings for lawyers. Both Mark Polson and Whitney Polson are ranked at this highest lawyer rating. See Mark Polson’s Martindale badge below:



To achieve the highest peer-reviewed, lawyer ratings, Alabama attorneys Mark Polson and Whitney Polson have built careers by knowing Alabama DUI laws. The attend DUI training seminars, and are invited speakers at many seminars DUI laws. The father-son team provide criminal defense advice to other attorneys in Alabama who do not practice criminal defense.

Advanced DUI Lawyer Training and Focus on Aggressive DUI Defense

The Polson Law Firm’s dedication to obtaining, at the highest level, DUI attorney training on police tactics, standardized field sobriety tests promulgated by NHTSA, the so-called Romberg test and alcohol breath test machine training. This dedication to learning the same things that police in Alabama receive training upon has enabled the Polson Law Firm to stand head and shoulders above other Alabama attorneys who talk a big game, but cannot deliver.

Decades of intensive training about law enforcement tests let them reach the pinnacle of Alabama DUI Defense. This specialization in defending DUI Alabama cases has pushed them both to top attorney ratings, for both criminal law and DUI in Alabama. Their proven DUI trial results as drunk driving lawyers in Alabama, and for other criminal cases relating to alcohol and drugs (e.g., possession of marijuana, or selling weed) is the source of these excellent DUI attorney reviews.

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If you or someone you care about has been arrested for Alabama DUI, please contact a reputable, experienced DUI lawyer who knows DUI law Alabama at once to get fully informed about Alabama drunk driving laws. Call our qualified Alabama DUI defense lawyers for a FREE case consultation.

With only one chance to win your DUI in Alabama, why not hire one of the best Alabama DUI lawyers?

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If you were arrested for an Alabama DUI, CALL US now at our Birmingham DUI lawyer office. 205-871-8838. You can also call our Birmingham DUI attorney office toll free at 1-844-7POLSON [1-844-776-5766].