Kentucky DUI Lawyers
Potential Conviction Consequences
DUI laws can be complex and the charges are serious. If a DUI is not vigorously defended, the driver may be subject to higher insurance costs and difficulty of coverage, probation, community service, heavy fines, restricted interstate and international travel, license suspension or revocation, ignition interlock, vehicle impoundment, job loss, or long-term incarceration.
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
You are DUI in the state of Kentucky with BAC of .08 or greater. Drivers under 21 are DUI with BAC of .02. Commercial drivers are with a BAC of .04. BAC is determined using Field Sobriety Test (FST) or chemical testing, and possibly a combination of both. The 3 main FST are Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (following eye movement), walk and turn, and stand on one leg. Chemical testing measures a suspect’s breath, blood, or urine to determine their BAC. Generally, the more tests performed by the suspect the more reliable the results.
In Kentucky your license can be suspended simply for refusing chemical testing. The suspension may be from 30 days for a first offender and up to 60 months for repeat offenses. This is separate from DUI criminal charges.
Specific DUI Penalties
Potential consequences for first offenders include; community service, driver license suspension, alcohol assessment / treatment, a fine of $200 to $500, and jail time of 2 to 30 days. Multiple offenses may result in long-term license revocation, a fine up to $10,000, and 5 years of imprisonment.
Drivers under 21 in Kentucky are subject to different DUI penalties. The legal limit for this group of motorists is .02. Consequently, merely a trace of alcohol can lead to punishment. First offenders can expect community service, license suspension of 30 days to 6 months, and a fine up to $500.
It’s Time to Step Up!
Hiring a lawyer specializing in DUI law is crucial. This is a complicated and serious topic not for any lawyer. Kentucky is full of skilled and experienced DUI lawyers who can give you the edge necessary to emerge victorious from your DUI charge.