Akridge & Balch, P.C. | Attorneys at Law
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Defending Yourself Against DUI And Public Intoxication Charges

There is nothing wrong with having a good time with a few drinks, but the actions you take afterward can cause problems for you. Whether you have been charged with public intoxication or DUI, you need to be sure you are building the defense strategy you need to pursue the optimal outcome in your case.

At Akridge & Balch, P.C., we have been defending clients throughout the Auburn area for more than 30 years. Our team has more than 100 combined years of experience defending clients throughout Alabama, and we are prepared to offer you the full extent of our services.

Overcoming DUI Charges

Depending on the nature of your charges, you will face different levels of charges. For example, a first conviction for a DUI can result in up to a year in jail, but a fourth conviction will almost certainly result in time in prison. The convictions in between will likely result in an ignition interlock device in your vehicle. Additionally, you can expect your license to be automatically suspended, but we may be able to overcome that consequence.

We will explore all available options for dismissing, beating or reducing your drunk driving charges. We scrutinize the details in these cases to find any opportunity to build the defense you deserve.

What Public Intoxication Charges Threaten

Many people underestimate how damaging public intoxication charges can be. These charges can come with initial consequences of $200 and up to a month in jail, but can also become worse with multiple convictions. For college students, this can mean that walking home from the game while too intoxicated can cost a student a semester of their education when they spend a month behind bars.

Defending Minors Against These Charges

Minors are also subject to charges related to alcohol. Instead of the 0.08 BAC limit for adults, minors can only have less than 0.02 BAC before they exceed their legal limit. This reduced limit means that even a single drink can have serious consequences. A conviction can mean hundreds of dollars in fines, up to 90 days in jail and a suspended license for up to six months.

Build The Defense You Need

Do not make the mistake of trying to represent yourself or hoping for a “slap on the wrist” in court. Instead, fight for the outcome that you want with the help of a skilled criminal defense lawyer. Call us at 334-246-4697 or email us here to schedule your first consultation with our staff today.