Patrick Mahaney is an attorney in private practice in Montgomery, Alabama, concentrating his practice in defense of DUI, alcohol and drug related offenses, serious traffic violations, and driver license issues. Mr. Mahaney served twenty-two years as a state trooper with the Alabama Department of Public Safety (1978-2000), including duty in uniform patrol, criminal investigations, and as assistant legal counsel for the Department. After retirement from state service, Mr. Mahaney served overseas with the U.S. State Department’s civilian police operations in Kosovo, Jordan, and Iraq. Mr. Mahaney received his B.A. from The Citadel, Charleston, S.C. and his law degree from Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Alabama.

Current Employment: Attorney in private practice located in Montgomery, Alabama since July 2006, with area of concentration in the defense of driving under the influence (DUI) and alcohol related offenses, drug crimes and violations, driver license law, and general criminal defense.

Previous legal experience: Contract attorney for the City of Montgomery, serving as Municipal Court prosecutor and staff attorney. Responsible for prosecution of criminal cases in Municipal Court, assistance in preparation of appeals taken from Municipal Court to the state Circuit Court, investigation and case preparation of civil and administrative claims made against the City of Montgomery and city employees.

Previous law enforcement employment: State police officer, Alabama Department of Public Safety (1978- 2000). Served as uniformed patrol officer, training academy specialist, planning and research staff officer, and assistant legal counsel. Retired at the rank of lieutenant. Held commission as assistant attorney general for state of Alabama. Served as department attorney for the Department of Public Safety in state and federal court (1990-1997). Duties included representation of Department and its officers in state and federal court in all areas of civil litigation and administrative law, with emphasis on defense of civil rights based litigation, personnel law/employment law related issues, and administrative claims. Served as chief of law enforcement planning for the Department of Public Safety (1997-1999).

Military service: Over 28 years military service as a commissioned officer in the regular and reserve components of the United States Army. Retired as Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army Reserve. Branch qualified as an infantry officer, military police officer, and military intelligence officer; airborne and ranger qualified. Previous assignments with light infantry and Army special operations units.

Professional Licenses: Attorney-at-Law, member Alabama state bar (admitted 1989), U.S. District Court (M.D. Ala.), 11th U.S. Circuit Ct. of Appeals, U.S. Supreme Court.

Professional Memberships: Montgomery County (Ala.) Bar Association, Board of Directors (2007-2010); National College for DUI Defense (NCDD) – State Delegate for the state of Alabama; DUI Defense Lawyers Association (Charter member).

Patrick Mahaney receives the President’s Award from the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association- June 2010

Other: Law enforcement trainer and consultant; frequent contributor to law enforcement journals and legal publications. Previously published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin, Alabama Peace Officer’s Journal, Police Marksman, The Guardian, and numerous other periodicals. Author of the treatise Alabama DUI Defense: The Law and the Practice, 5th Edition. Frequent guest lecturer to continuing legal education courses and legal training seminars.


  • The Citadel, Charleston, S.C. - B.A., (Political Science) - 1973
  • Jones School of Law, Montgomery, Al. - J.D. - 1988

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