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What are the consequences of a DUI conviction in Kentucky?

Very few people intend on driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but that one mistake in judgment can result in criminal charges. Being arrested and charged with a DUI should be taken very seriously, as the consequences can be harsh - even for a first offense.

In Kentucky, it is illegal to drive a vehicle with a breath or blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. If you are under 21, it is illegal to drive at .02 percent or higher, according to the Zero Alcohol Tolerance rule. Penalties for driving drunk include possible criminal charges as well as a loss of driving privileges. 

The penalties for DUI convictions in Kentucky depend primarily on the number of offenses that occur within a 10 year period. 

1st offense:

  • $200-500 fine
  • Two to 30 days in jail*
  • License suspension for 30 to 120 days
  • 90 day alcohol or substance abuse treatment
  • Possible 48 hour to 30 days of community labor

2nd offense:

  • $350-500 fine
  • Seven days to six months in jail*
  • License suspension for 12 to 18 months
  • 1 year of alcohol or substance abuse treatment
  • 10 days to six months of community labor

3rd offense:

  • $500-1,000 fine
  • 30 days to 12 months in jail*
  • License suspension for 24 to 36 months
  • 1 year of alcohol or substance abuse treatment
  • 10 days to 12 months of community labor

4th offense (a Class D felony):

  • Minimum 120 days in jail without parole*
  • License suspension for 60 months
  • 1 year of alcohol or substance abuse treatment

*If aggravating circumstances are present, the minimum jail time can increase. These circumstances include driving with a passenger under 12, driving 30 mph over the speed limit, BAC of .15 percent or higher, driving the wrong direction or an accident causing serious injury or fatality.

No matter what DUI charges you are facing, it is important to protect your legal rights. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to discuss your case.

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