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Please find, below, selected case laws decided by Supreme Court of Alabama or Court of Appeals of Alabama where the terms dui, dwi, drunk driving, or driving under the influence has been mentioned. These cases are not necessarily criminal cases and may include cases where the facts or court decision merely mentions drunk driving related legal terms. You are not to rely on these cases as legal advice nor should you rely on them for accuracy. Please see Terms of Service.

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Morris v. State - 11/23/2005
Alfonzo Morris was convicted by a Jefferson County jury of two counts of capital murder for the death of Miriam Rochester; he was sentenced to death. The murder was made capital because it was committed during the course of a burglary,...

Ex parte Yelverton - 11/18/2005
PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS Wylie Yelverton appealed to the Court of Criminal Appeals from a judgment entered against him by the Houston Circuit Court. The Court of Criminal Appeals affirmed...

Ex parte Hoover - 11/10/2005
PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS WRIT QUASHED. NO OPINION. Nabers, C.J., and See, Lyons, Harwood, Woodall, Smith, Bolin, and Parker, JJ., concur. Stuart, J., dissents. ...

Edwards v. Valentine - 10/14/2005
Robert Ray Edwards appeals from a judgment in favor of John Roger Valentine and his wife, Tina Valentine, in their action against Edwards alleging the negligent entrustment of an automobile. We affirm. On May 31, 2002, John...

Galindo v. State - 9/30/2005
AFFIRMED BY UNPUBLISHED MEMORANDUM. McMillan, P.J., concurs. Baschab, J., concurs in the result. Shaw, J., dissents, with opinion, which Cobb, J., joins. SHAW, Judge, dissenting. Drug trafficking is a...

Hemrick v. State - 6/24/2005
The appellant, Jennie Whorton Hemrick, pled guilty to the first-degree assault of Joni Smith, a violation of §13A-6-20(a)(5), Ala. Code 1975; the second-degree assault of Joni Smith, a violation of §13A-6-21(a)(3), Ala. Code 1975; the...

Halford v. Alamo Rent-A-Car - 6/24/2005
Thomas Halford, as administrator of the estate of Laverne Hill, deceased; Elizabeth June Vines, as administrator of the estate of Glenn Hill, deceased; and William Thomas Currie ("the plaintiffs") appeal from a summary judgment entered...

Bonner v. State - 6/24/2005
Ronnie Lavell Bonner was convicted of first-degree robbery in violation of § 13A-8-41, Ala. Code 1975. Bonner was sentenced to 30 years in prison and was ordered to pay court costs and a fine to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund. On...

W.T.H. v. M.M.M. - 6/10/2005
W.T.H. ("the father") appeals from a judgment of the Mobile Juvenile Court determining that his two minor children, 15-year-old L.H. and 13-year-old M.H., are dependent and placing them in the custody of M.M.M. ("the maternal...

Barber v. State - 5/27/2005
The appellant, James Barber, was convicted of one count of capital murder for the killing of Dorothy Epps. The murder was made capital because the appellant committed it during the course of a robbery or an attempted robbery. See...

State v. Esco - 4/29/2005
The State of Alabama appeals the trial court's order dismissing a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol ("DUI"), a violation of § 32-5A-191(a)(2), Ala. Code 1975, against James Wesley Esco, Jr., on the ground of double...

Ex parte McConathy - 3/5/2005
PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF CIVIL APPEALS. The State of Alabama, by and through the district attorney's office for the 19th Judicial Circuit, Shelby County, sought and obtained an order of forfeiture of $8,000...

State v. Jameson - 2/25/2005
The State of Alabama appeals from the trial court's order suppressing evidence of cocaine obtained after a traffic stop of an automobile being driven by Jameson Lamar Hargett. At the suppression hearing, William Glenn Ware, who...

Rudd v. State - 2/25/2005
AFFIRMED BY UNPUBLISHED MEMORANDUM. McMillan, P.J., and Baschab and Shaw, JJ., concur. Cobb, J., dissents, with opinion. COBB, Judge, dissenting. The majority in its unpublished memorandum holds that the trial court...

Shrader v. Employers Mutual Casualty Co. - 2/25/2005
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has certified to this Court, pursuant to Ala. R. App. P. 18, the following question: "Does an insurance policy provision limiting an 'insured' to an employee acting...

Smith v. State - 2/25/2005
Lorenzo Smith appeals the circuit court's summary denial of his Rule 32, Ala.R.Crim.P., petition for post-conviction relief, in which he attacked the 23-year sentence imposed for his 1992 guilty-plea conviction for murder. Smith did...

Upton v. State - 2/25/2005
The appellant, Robert Upton, was found guilty of felony driving under the influence (case no. CC-03-330). He also was found guilty of resisting arrest, failure to drive in a single lane, and failure to drive on the right side of the...

Johnson v. State - 1/28/2005
Graylon Lewis Johnson was indicted for reckless manslaughter, a violation of § 13A-6-3, Ala. Code 1975, and for driving under the influence of alcohol ("DUI"), a violation of § 32-5A-191(a)(2), Ala. Code 1975, made a felony pursuant to...

Fuqua v. State - 1/28/2005
On April 16, 2004, pursuant to a negotiated plea agreement, Fuqua pleaded guilty to first-degree possession of marijuana, a violation of § 13A-12-213, Ala. Code 1975. The trial court sentenced her to 18 months in prison, but suspended...

Alfa Specialty Insurance Co. v. Jennings - 1/14/2005
Alfa Specialty Insurance Company ("Alfa") appeals from a judgment of the Geneva Circuit Court denying its request that the court enter a judgment declaring that the automobile insurance policy it had issued to Richard Franklin Croft...

Ex parte State - 1/7/2005
PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS Donald Ray Wheat was convicted of five counts of capital murder and was sentenced to death, based upon a plea of guilty. A notice of appeal was filed with the Court...

Cribbs v. State - 1/7/2005
Robert Austin Cribbs appeals the circuit court's summary denial of his petition for a writ of habeas corpus, in which he argued that he has not been credited with the time he spent incarcerated serving the first confinement portion of...

Bradley v. State - 1/7/2005
On Application for Rehearing In an opinion issued on October 1, 2004, this Court reversed Robert James Bradley's conviction for assault in the second degree, a violation § 13A-6-21(a)(2), Ala. Code 1975, holding that...

Adams v. State - 1/7/2005
AFFIRMED BY UNPUBLISHED MEMORANDUM. McMillan, P.J., and Wise, J., concur; Shaw, J., concurs in the result; Cobb, J., dissents, with opinion. COBB, JUDGE, dissenting. On November 18, 2003, Carlis Dewey Adams was...

Browning v. State - 11/24/2004
On August 24, 2000, Robert Gregory Browning was convicted of driving under the influence ("DUI"), a violation of § 32-5A-191(a)(2), Ala. Code 1975, made a felony by § 32-5A-191(h), Ala. Code 1975, because this was Browning's fourth DUI...

Holcomb v. Walden - 11/19/2004
Darlene and Terry Holcomb were riding a motorcycle when a car driven by Franklin Jones swerved in front of them. Terry Holcomb was forced to brake and swerve to avoid hitting Jones. Holcomb lost control of the motorcycle and he was killed...

Ex parte State - 11/5/2004
PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS This Court granted the petition of the State for certiorari review of the decision of the Court of Criminal Appeals in Childers v. State, [Ms. CR-02-1451, Dec. 2,...

Harris v. State - 10/29/2004
On July 13, 1989, Louise Harris was convicted in the Montgomery Circuit Court of murder made capital because it was committed for a pecuniary or other valuable consideration or pursuant to a contract or for hire, an offense made...

Pruitt v. State - 10/1/2004
After Remand from the Alabama Supreme Court This Court's judgment in Pruitt v. State, [Ms. CR-02-1088, August 29, 2003] So. 2d (Ala. Crim. App. 2003), in which we remanded this cause for the circuit court to vacate Pruitt's...

McGhee v. State - 10/1/2004
The appellant, Adonnis McGhee, appeals from the trial court's revocation of his probation. The record reveals that McGhee pleaded guilty to one count of murder, a violation of § 13A-6-2, Ala. Code 1975, and was sentenced to 20 years'...

Pope v. State - 10/1/2004
The appellant, Robert Pope, was indicted for felony driving under the influence ("DUI"), a violation of § 32-5A-191(h), Ala.Code 1975; driving while his license was revoked, a violation of § 32-6-19(b), Ala.Code 1975; failing to display...

Finch v. State - 8/27/2004
On January 7, 2004, the appellant, Timothy Joseph Finch, pleaded guilty to one count of felony driving under the influence, a violation of § 32-5A-191, Ala.Code 1975. The circuit court sentenced him to 10 years' imprisonment; that sentence...

Cobb v. State - 8/27/2004
On September 15, 2003, James William Cobb entered a plea of guilty to felony driving under the influence of alcohol ("DUI"), a violation of § 32- 5A-191(h), Ala.Code 1975. On November 20, 2003, Cobb was sentenced to 10 years' imprisonment;...

Lindsey v. State - 8/27/2004
The appellant, Michael A. Lindsey, pled guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance (cocaine), a violation of §13A-12-212(a)(1), Ala. Code 1975. The trial court sentenced him, as a habitual offender, to serve a term of ten...

Grace v. State - 8/27/2004
Johnny C. Grace, Jr., was convicted of two counts of robbery in the first degree, violations of § 13A-8-41, Ala. Code 1975. Grace was sentenced to 99 years' imprisonment on each count; these sentences were to be served concurrently....

Altherr v. State - 8/20/2004
The opinion of January 30, 2004, is withdrawn and the following opinion is substituted therefor. We are taking the opportunity in this substituted opinion to address the State's assertion in its application for rehearing that Altherr's...

Big 3 Motors, Inc. v. Hawie - 7/16/2004
This court's opinion dated June 30, 2004, is withdrawn, and the following opinion is substituted therefor. Big 3 Motors, Inc. (hereinafter sometimes referred to as "the company"), appeals from a judgment entered by the Mobile Circuit...

Big 3 Motors - 7/16/2004
On Rehearing Ex Mero Motu This court's opinion dated June 30, 2004, is withdrawn, and the following opinion is substituted therefor. Big 3 Motors, Inc. (hereinafter sometimes referred to as "the company"), appeals from a...

[W] Big 3 Motors - 6/30/2004
Big 3 Motors, Inc. (hereinafter sometimes referred to as "the company"), appeals from a judgment entered by the Mobile Circuit Court on a jury verdict in favor of Paul Hawie and Scott Kennedy ("the plaintiffs") on a claim of negligent...

Brown v. State - 6/25/2004
On June 18, 2003, Alvin Bernard Brown was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol ("DUI"), violations of §§ 32-5A-191(a)(2) and 32-5A-191(a)(1), Ala.Code 1975. On October 21, 2003, Brown moved to suppress the...

Williams v. State - 6/25/2004
The appellant, Michael Todd Williams, appeals from the trial court's revocation of his probation. The record reveals that Williams was convicted of one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and one count of unlawful...

Boles v. State - 6/25/2004
In November 1999, the appellant, Ronald Lester Boles, was convicted of first-degree possession of marijuana and was sentenced to 15 years' imprisonment. That sentence was split, and Boles was ordered to serve two years in the custody...

Pruitt v. State - 5/7/2004
Terry Lee Pruitt was sentenced as a felon for driving under the influence. The Court of Criminal Appeals reversed his conviction and remanded the case to the trial court with directions to adjudge him guilty of a misdemeanor offense and to...

Ex parte State - 5/7/2004
PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS Terry Lee Pruitt was sentenced as a felon for driving under the influence. The Court of Criminal Appeals reversed his conviction and remanded the case to the trial...

State Personnel Board v. Hardeman - 4/16/2004
The Alabama State Personnel Board ("the Personnel Board") and Alabama Public Television ("APT") appeal from the trial court's judgment holding that John Hardeman was entitled to back pay for a period when his employment with APT had...

Huggins v. Alabama Department of Public Safety - 4/2/2004
William Huggins appeals from a dismissal with prejudice of his complaint against the Alabama Department of Public Safety ("DPS") by the Mobile Circuit Court for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. We affirm. Huggins's driver's...

Kinchlow v. State - 3/26/2004
The appellant, Charles Gianni Kinchlow, appeals from the circuit court's revocation of his probation. The record reveals that on October 25, 2001, Kinchlow pleaded guilty to six drug offenses; four of those offenses were felony offenses...

Bauer v. State - 3/26/2004
The appellant, Mary Alice Bauer, appeals from the circuit court's revocation of her probation. The record reveals that on October 12, 2000, Bauer pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a violation of...

Smith v. Hutsville Times Company - 3/12/2004
Edward W. Smith appeals from a summary judgment in favor of The Huntsville Times Company, Inc. ("the Times"), and David Person, an editorial writer for the Times, in Smith's defamation action against them. We affirm. On October...

Moore v. State - 2/27/2004
Frank Moore appeals from the Talladega Circuit Court's disposition of his "motion for relief from judgment." On October 7, 2002, Moore entered in the criminal division of the Talladega Circuit Court a guilty plea to a felony...

[W] Altherr v. State - 1/30/2004
John Anthony Altherr was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol after having been previously convicted of three or more driving-under-the-influence offenses, a violation of § 32-5A-191, Ala. Code 1975. He was also...

Bertram v. State - 1/30/2004
In accordance with the Alabama Supreme Court's opinion in Ex parte Bertram, [Ms. 1010892, March 7, 2003] --- So.2d ---- (Ala.2003), we reverse the trial court's judgment and remand this case to the trial court for proceedings that are...

Lum v. City of Brewton - 12/2/2003
Christopher Wayne Lum was convicted in the Brewton municipal court of driving under the influence of alcohol ("DUI"), a violation of § 32-5A-191(a), Ala. Code 1975. He appealed to the circuit court for a trial de novo and was again...

Davis v. State - 12/2/2003
AFFIRMED BY UNPUBLISHED MEMORANDUM. McMillan, P.J., and Baschab and Wise, JJ., concur. Cobb, J., concurs in the result, with opinion. COBB, Judge, concurring in the result. Following a motor-vehicle accident that...

Hall v. State - 10/31/2003
Larmond Hall was indicted for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, in violation of § 13A-12-212, Ala. Code 1975. Hall filed a motion to suppress all evidence seized after his vehicle was stopped by a police officer...

Burkhart v. State - 10/31/2003
AFFIRMED BY UNPUBLISHED MEMORANDUM. McMillan, P.J., Shaw and Wise, JJ., concur; Cobb, J., concurs in the result, with opinion. COBB, JUDGE, concurring in the result. Kenneth Burkhart appeals the circuit court's...

V.O. v. State Department of Human Resources - 10/17/2003
On October 1, 2002, the Shelby County Department of Human Resources ("DHR") petitioned for the termination of the parental rights of V.O., the mother, as to her three minor children. Following ore tenus proceedings on December...

W.C. v. State Department of Human Resources - 9/26/2003
J.G.C. ("the child") was placed in the custody of the Mobile County Department of Human Resources ("DHR") pursuant to a December 18, 2001, order of the trial court. On September 4, 2002, DHR petitioned to terminate the parental rights...

Ex parte State - 9/26/2003
PETITION FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI TO THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS This Court granted the State's petition for a writ of certiorari to review the Court of Criminal Appeals' decision reversing the circuit court's denial of Gary...

Hill v. City of Florence - 8/29/2003
The appellant, James Clinton Hill, Jr., pled guilty in the Florence Municipal Court to driving under the influence ("DUI"), a violation of §32-5A-191(a)(2), Ala. Code 1975. The municipal court sentenced him to serve a term of 90 days...

Pruitt v. State - 8/29/2003
Terry Lee Pruitt was indicted for two counts of driving under the influence ("DUI"). The first count charged that Pruitt had "unlawfully operate a motor vehicle on a public street or road in Sumter County, to-wit: County Road 13 while...

Salva v. State - 8/29/2003
In February 1999, Edward James Salva was involved in an automobile accident on Highway 231 in Marshall County; the accident resulted in serious bodily injury to David Edward Hooten. Thereafter, Salva was indicted for, and convicted...

Kirby v. State - 8/29/2003
The appellant, Daniel E. Kirby, was found guilty of driving under the influence. The trial court sentenced him to 12 months' incarceration and then suspended the sentence for 2 years, conditioned upon the appellant's staying out of...

B.D.S. v. Calhoun County Dept. of Human Resources - 8/1/2003
On October 30, 2002, B.D.S. ("the mother") filed a petition for custody of child A, child B, child C, and child D ("the children"). At the time the mother filed her petition for custody, the children had been adjudicated dependent by...

Crawford v. State - 6/27/2003
The appellant, James Larry Crawford, was indicted on a charge of reckless murder. The jury found him guilty of the lesser-included offense of manslaughter, and the trial court sentenced him to 20 years' imprisonment. The State's...

S.B.L. v. Cleburne County Department of Human Resources - 6/13/2003
This case involves the termination of the parental rights of the mother, S.B.L., as to her two minor children, C.D.B. and T.S.B. The children do not have the same father. Both fathers' parental rights were also terminated. On August...

Bolan v. State - 5/30/2003
On May 1, 2002, the appellant, Kelvin Dale Bolan, pled guilty to felony driving under the influence ("felony DUI"). The trial court sentenced him to serve a term of seven years in prison. He did not appeal his conviction. On November...

Lewis v. State - 5/30/2003
The appellant, Gerrald Patrick Lewis, was convicted of three counts of capital murder in connection with the murder of Misty McGugin. The murder was made capital (1) because it was committed during the course of a kidnapping in the...

Ex parte Eubank - 5/23/2003
PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS The petitioner, Robert B. Eubank, filed this petition for a writ of mandamus directing Judge Gloria Bahakel to recuse herself from presiding over his trial for driving under the influence ("DUI"),...

Alabama Dep't of Public Safety v. Clark - 5/13/2003
On October 23, 1998, Ira Matthew Clark was issued a Uniform Traffic Ticket and Complaint ("the UTTC") by a law-enforcement officer for allegedly violating § 32-5A-191(a)(2), Ala. Code 1975, by operating a motor vehicle while under the...

Ex parte Oliver - 5/9/2003
PETITION FOR WRIT OF MANDAMUS The petitioner, Charles M. Oliver III, is one of several defendants in a civil action pending in the Etowah Circuit Court. Since filing his petition for a writ of mandamus, he has also been indicted...

D.O. v. Calhoun County Department of Human Resources - 3/28/2003
D.O. ("the mother") appeals from judgments in six separate cases terminating her parental rights to her six minor children, T.O., E.O., C.O., M.O., K.O., and S.O., and awarding permanent custody of the children to the State Department...

B.S. v. Cullman County Department of Human Resources - 3/7/2003
B.S. ("the mother") appeals the termination of her parental rights to K.M.R. ("the child"). The mother was known to the Department of Human Resources as an infant, when she was removed from the home of her biological parents and...

Davis v. State - 2/28/2003
On or about May 23, 2000, the appellant, Leslie Howard Davis, pled guilty to first-degree criminal mischief. The trial court sentenced him to serve a term of 4 years in prison, but split the sentence and ordered him to serve 14 months...

Jolly v. State - 11/22/2002
The appellant, David Michael Jolly, was convicted of two counts of reckless manslaughter, violations of § 13A-6-3(a)(1), Ala. Code 1975. He was sentenced to 20 years' imprisonment for each conviction, the sentences to run...

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