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March 5, 2021
Appeals Court Rules on Druken Driving Law
(APR - Alabama Public Radio ) - A state appeals court has tried to clarify Alabama's heavily amended drunken driving law Friday.

The Court of Criminal Appeals ruled that a motorist must have four DUI convictions within five years to be sentenced to prison on a felony conviction. The state attorney general's office had argued that there was no five-year time limit.

The ruling means a Lamar County man will get his felony sentence of more than five years in prison reduced to a misdemeanor sentence of a year or less in jail. The man had seven convictions over 15 years, but only two of them were within five years of his last DUI conviction. State officials were uncertain how many other felony DUI offenders might be affected by the ruling. Nearly 600 felony DUI offenders are in Alabama prisons.

The state attorney general's office is reviewing the ruling, but has not yet decided whether to appeal it to the state Supreme Court.

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