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DUI

Kentucky DUI law is ever-changing. The General Assembly amended the Kentucky DUI statute, KRS 189A.010, as recently as July 2020. That amendment led to longer license suspension periods, harsher penalties, and greater ease in obtaining the ignition interlock device.

The current penalties for a DUI in Kentucky are:

1st Offense: The first DUI offense carries fine of two hundred dollars ($200) to five hundred dollars ($500), a term of imprisonment of 48 hours to 30 days, and a license suspension period of 4 to 6 months. Other penalties/consequences may occur.

2nd Offense: within 10 years of previous DUI conviction: The second DUI offense carries fine of three hundred and fifty dollars ($350) to five hundred dollars ($500), a term of imprisonment of 7 days to 6 months, and a license suspension period of 12 months to 18 months. Other penalties/consequences may occur.

3rd Offense: within 10 years of previous DUI convictions: The third DUI offense carries fine of three hundred and fifty dollars ($500) to five hundred dollars ($1000), a term of imprisonment of 30 days to 12 months and a license suspension period of 18 months to 36 months. Other penalties/consequences may occur.

4th Offense: within 10 years of previous DUI convictions: The fourth DUI offense is a Class D felony, which means an individual convicted of DUI, Fourth could be sentenced to serve 1 to 5 years in prison. An individual convicted of a 4th or subsequent DUI offense carries a mandatory term of imprisonment of at least 120 days and a license suspension period of 30 to 60 months.

Defenses to DUIs: DUIs can be complicated cases. Police are required to follow well-defined procedures, and a Defendant obviously has constitutional rights which, if violated, can result in suppression of evidence and potentially one’s case being dismissed. It is critically important to ensure that you hire an attorney who understands the finer details of DUI law to ensure that you receive the best representation if charged with DUI. Our attorneys have had numerous DUI charges dismissed for clients based on such suppression issues.

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