Alabama DUI Overview
Attorney Sogol began his legal career in 1974 as a lawyer in the Tuscaloosa County Public Defender's Office. He founded his own practice in 1978 and was joined in 1979 by Joel Chandler, an associate from the public defender's office. They practiced together until 1992, when Joel Chandler was elected to one of the two District Court Judge positions in Tuscaloosa County.
Attorney Sogol has maintained a solo practice as a personal injury lawyer and criminal defense attorney since then. He is a member of the American Civil Liberties Union and has worked with the ACLU on cases involving First Amendment issues such as freedom of religion and prayer in school. He is an adjunct professor teaching trial advocacy at the University of Alabama School of Law and is a lecturer on criminal law, the First Amendment and trial advocacy. Attorney Sogol is a fellow in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers and listed in Super Lawyers of Alabama.
TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS - DUI
If you have been charged with a DUI or another traffic crime, call today. If you delay, you may lose the privilege to drive, lose your license, face steep fines or worse. Few traffic crimes are as cut-and-dried as the police and prosecution would have you believe. An experienced lawyer can be the difference between a conviction and court supervision.
I represent clients accused of all traffic violations, including:
- Petty offenses
- Disobey a stop sign
- First-time DUI
- Driving under suspension
- Reckless driving
- Multiple DUI offenses
Tuscaloosa Alabama DUI Lawyer Joel L. Sogol
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, DUI Defense Lawyer - License Reinstatements Attorney
A DUI conviction is punishable by up to one year in jail, and can cost you your driver`s license for six months. You must take your DUI defense seriously!
Don`t take a drinking and driving charge lightly. Traffic violations can have serious criminal consequences, particularly when a driver is accused of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. At the DUI and criminal defense law offices of Joel L. Sogol, Attorney at Law, we focus our DUI defense strategies on removing the alcohol-related violation from your charge. I am attorney Joel Sogol. After more than thirty years of DUI defense experience, I know how a DUI conviction can affect your future.
If you have been charged with DUI in Alabama, put my experience to work for your defense. Contact the DUI defense lawyer`s office of Joel L. Sogol, Attorney at Law, to meet with me right away about a legal strategy that is best for your situation. If we can`t dismiss or reduce the alcohol impairment charge, we will work to seal your record from public view. Your future is too important to destroy it with a DUI conviction.
Tuscaloosa DUI Defense:
A note about what a DUI conviction can really cost you
A conviction on DUI charges will result in fines, loss of driving privileges, and possibly land you in jail. In addition, your insurance company may increase your rates to an unmanageable level or refuse to insure you at all. In defending against an impaired driving charge, I can ensure that your rights as a criminal defendant are protected, including the right to cross-examine the witnesses against you, even if they are police officers. An experienced criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in such a difficult case.
For experienced DUI defense that makes a difference to your future, contact the DUI defense lawyer`s office of Joel L. Sogol, Attorney at Law, for a free consultation today.
The Law Office of Joel L. Sogol, Attorney at Law, provides criminal defense, personal injury, and constitutional law representation for residents of West Central Alabama communities, including the communities of Tuscaloosa, Northport, Greensboro, Birmingham, Carrollton, and Eutaw, Alabama. I provide effective personal injury representation for people injured in motor vehicle accidents on Alabama roadways, including I-59.
TYPE OF CASES MY FIRM HANDLES:
I handle many types of criminal cases including Drinking and Driving (OWI/UBAC) and Traffic Offenses.
YOU SHOULD HIRE ME IF:
You want an experienced trial attorney who will personally handle your file. I will not hesitate to go to trial on your case; that decision, however, will ultimately be yours.
IF YOU WANT TO TELL MY LAW FIRM ABOUT YOUR SITUATION YOU SHOULD:
I will personally communicate with you. If I am in Court when you call, you can leave a message with my receptionist. I personally guarantee you will hear back from me in 24-hours or less. My office phone is (205) 345-0966
MY CLIENTS WILL TELL YOU THAT:
My level of experience, knowledge of the law, and personal familiarity with the judges, prosecutors, and system is a great advantage. In addition, my personal and regular contact with clients, availability and involvement with every aspect of the case allows me to obtain the most favorable results.
MY PHILOSOPHY ON HOW I APPROACH EACH CASES IS:
Depending on the type of case I like to find out as much as I can about the facts of the case and talk to anyone who can help our defense. At that time we can discuss our options. The stronger our defense appears to the prosecutor, the better our chances are of getting a favorable result.
IF YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT MY FIRM YOU SHOULD:
Call for a consultation at (205) 345-0966, during which I can answer all of your questions.
Do You Need a DUI Lawyer?
Every state has some sort of "drunk driving" statute. The term "drunk driving" is in quotes because none of these laws require that you be "drunk" or "intoxicated" to be guilty. All that is required is that your ability to operate a vehicle has been impaired to any extent at all or that your Blood alcohol level exceeds the state limit (which is now .08% in all states). Some states call it DWI (Driving While Intoxicated), but it refers to the same offense. The consequences of DUI differ drastically from state to state and are influenced by your age, blood alcohol limit (BAC), whether you have been arrested for DUI in the past, and whether you caused injury or death during the DUI.
A DUI Lawyer can help...
Assess your legal situation
An experienced DUI Defense lawyer can help you understand what you are up against and the fines you may be required to pay. A DUI lawyer mostly deals with DUI matters and knows the process inside and out – including options that a public defender may not tell you.
Explain the consequences
The consequences of a DUI vary greatly from state to state and a DUI lawyer will be able to explain how those consequences in your state apply to you such as (1) harsher punishments for those arrested with BAC limits over .08, (2) special laws for underage drivers arrested for DUI, (3) possible community service or plea bargaining, (4) overlapping jurisdiction of Courts and your state's motor vehicle licensing department to suspend or revoke your license, and (5) contingent license programs that allow you to use your vehicle to get to and from work.
Manage the process
Dealing with the motor vehicle department can be frustrating and time consuming. A DUI Lawyer can manage the process for you by completing the required forms; making phone calls; scheduling and/or representing you at a Motor Vehicle Department suspension hearing, and making other necessary arrangements.
Represent you in court
An experienced DUI Lawyer knows the ins and outs of the courtroom and may be able to obtain a lesser sentence for you if your situation and state law allows for it.
Don't know if a DUI Lawyer is right for you? Here are some general guidelines:
Definitely hire a DUI Lawyer if you already have several DUI's and receive another; or if your DUI arrest was the result of an accident or if anyone was injured; or if you are a professional driver whose livelihood depends on keeping your license.
Seriously consider hiring a DUI Lawyer if you've been arrested for a second DUI (in the same or another state) or were arrested with a BAC limit over double the legal limit as harsher penalties may apply.
You might want to hire a DUI Lawyer if you don't understand your rights or DUI laws, what you need to do, or the consequences you face. You also might want legal representation if you are in a profession (or plan to be) that requires bonding or in which any criminal conviction might prevent you from getting or keeping a professional license. If you don't know the requirements, then you need expert advice before handling the case yourself.