How will a felony DUI affect your constitutional rights?

How will a felony DUI affect your constitutional rights?

On Behalf of | Dec 4, 2020 | D.U.I.

The state of Alabama has put some serious penalties in place for those convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. 

In addition to such penalties as heavy fines and suspension of driving privileges, a felony DUI will result in the loss of certain liberties you currently take for granted. 

About a DUI felony

Beginning with a fourth conviction for DUI, or if you already have a previous such conviction, you face a Class C felony. Penalties include a fine of from $4,100 to $10,100, a minimum prison sentence of 366 days with a maximum of 10 years and revocation of your driving privileges for five years. In addition to these penalties, you will also lose a number of constitutional rights. 

Loss of voting and travel restrictions

With a felony conviction on your record, you will join the ranks of more than six million Americans who can no longer vote. You may also lose your passport; in fact, there are certain countries that will not allow you to enter. 

Loss of other state and federal benefits

Felons cannot receive federal cash assistance or food stamps. You cannot participate in a federal housing program or receive federal or state grants or supplemental security income. With a felony conviction, you cannot run for office, serve on a jury for seven years nor join the military. Additionally, a felon cannot purchase or own firearms. 

In your defense

Protecting your rights is the premise for building a successful defense. A felony conviction could follow you for life, and you want the best outcome possible for your case.