Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: Can I get a hardship driver’s license if my license is suspended for a DUI conviction in Alabama?

Answer: No.  Alabama law has no provision for hardship driver permits.  We will try to preserve your ability to drive through other ways.

Question: What about my license?

Answer: Alabama considers driving on Alabama’s roadways as a privilege, not a right.  Thus, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) will suspend your license if you are arrested for DUI prior to a conviction for DUI, or even a criminal trial. In order to protect your license from being suspended, you (or the attorney you hire) have only ten days from the date of your arrest to file a request with DPS for a pre-suspension hearing.

Question: Should I just plead guilty?

Answer: No.  Driving while under the influence (DUI) cases are extremely difficult and technical for the State to prove.  Because the State always has the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, and the burden never shifts to you, you should hold the State to its burden.  This means not pleading guilty to a DUI, and at the very least you will want to review the officer’s incident report and watch the video of your stop.

Question: Do I need an attorney?

Answer: Yes.  There are many different penalties – both civil and criminal – under Alabama law for you to attempt to handle the matter yourself. Our attorneys are familiar with all of the legal, administrative, and societal implications of a DUI conviction.  For instance, you could be facing up to twelve months in jail for a DUI conviction.

Question: How much will my DUI representation cost?

Answer: Parkman White, LLP charges a flat fee for all of your DUI legal representation needs.  Payment plans are available.  The fee covers our representation of you in all court matters relating to your DUI, such as jury trial, motions, the administrative license suspension hearing, and all court appearances.  Once hired, our law firm takes on all court responsibility and most of the worry.