Alabama's Drug Offenses and Driver's License Suspension: An Overview
Overview of Driver's License Suspension for Drug Offenses
License Suspension for Drug Crimes
Law: Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency is required to suspend the driver's license of any individual convicted of certain drug offenses for six months.
Applicable Offenses: Under Section 13A-12-291 of the Alabama Code, the driver's license of an individual will be suspended for the following specific drug offenses:
Criminal Solicitation to Commit Controlled Substance Trafficking: Involving trafficking in specified substances under Section 13A-12-231 or unlawful possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance under Section 13A-12-211.
Attempt to Commit Controlled Substance Trafficking: Attempting the crime of trafficking in specified substances under Section 13A-12-231 or unlawful possession with intent to distribute under Section 13A-12-211.
Criminal Conspiracy: Involving the crime of trafficking in specified substances under Section 13A-12-231.
Trafficking in Specified Substances: As defined under Section 13A-12-231.
Unlawful Possession with Intent to Distribute: As outlined in subsections (c) and (d) of Section 13A-12-211.
Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance: Governed by Section 32-5A-191 for driving under the influence of controlled substances or a combination of substances and alcohol.
Procedure: Upon conviction of the specified offenses, the court forwards the offender’s driver's license to the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency.
Out-of-State Licenses: The agency also coordinates with other states for suspensions involving out-of-state licenses.
Impact of Rehabilitation Programs
Credit for Treatment: Time spent in court-approved in-patient drug or alcohol rehabilitation can be credited against the suspension period.
License Surrender: Offenders ordered to enter a facility must surrender their driver's license, which is destroyed by the court.
Reinstatement and Fees
Reinstatement: Following the suspension period, a $25 fee is required for license reinstatement, in addition to other standard fees.
Use of Fees: Collected fees are used by the Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency for law enforcement purposes.
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