Almost always, clients call our office after being charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) and have absolutely no idea what kind of penalties the charge can carry. Even worse – some have already researched the penalties on the Internet, and stumbled upon very bad information. While the Internet can be a very useful tool, it is not especially useful in providing sound local legal advice. Below, I have outlined Kentucky’s penalties for DUI First Offense. Keep in mind that each county has a different “standard offer,” but those offers must fall within these ranges.
DUI (1st Offense) Penalties
2 – 30 days
With “aggravator” : 4-30 days
30 – 120 days
With “aggravator” : 30-120 days
Driver not eligible to regain driver’s license until completion of ADE classes.
Look-back Period / Enhancement
Will be used to “enhance” any DUI charge brought against the driver in the ten (10) years following conviction.
Fines, Fees and Costs
$200 – $500
Drivers must keep in mind other costs and fees added to their total payment. The total amount due typically ends up being between $700 and $800.
Driver’s license will be suspended at arraignment.
30 – 120 day license suspension.
It is important to note that a “refusal” (declining to take the test offered by the police) is not an “aggravator” on a DUI First Offense.
Exercise Your Rights
Keep in mind that the prosecution must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt for a DUI charge. It is always a good idea to have an experienced attorney review your case to advise you about your best options moving forward. To speak with a DUI attorney today about your case, call our office at 859-258-2697. We are ready to help!