How Long Does a DUI Stay on Your Record in Kentucky?

Mr. Brian David Cook's DUI/DWI Legal Blogs

Licensed for 14 years

Attorney in Louisville, KY

In Kentucky a DUI is a serious charge and can carry harsh penalties for convictions.  It is wise to consider contacting a DUI attorney immediately if you face DUI charges, so that your rights are protected. 
The following are possible penalties for Kentucky DUI offenses:

First offense.  First DUI offenders must have a clean record for the previous five years and if convicted may face:
 
-$200 to $500 in fines
-Two to thirty days in jail
-90-day substance abuse program participation
-Community service
-One to three month license revocation
 
Repeat offenses.  Kentucky repeat DUI offenders (second and third offenses) face stiffer consequences:
Second offense DUI penalties:
 
-$350 to $500 in fines
-$250 service fee
-One week to six months jail
-One-year alcohol program
-One year to 18 month license suspension
 
Third offense DUI penalties:
 
-$500 to $1,000 in fines
-$250 service fee
-One month to one year jail time
-Up to three year license suspension
-Mandatory one-year alcohol program(http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/KRS/189A00/040.PDF)
 
Fourth or subsequent offense DUI penalties
 
-Class D felony
-One to five years imprisonment
-$1,000 to $10,000 in fines
-$250 service fee
-Five year license loss
-Mandatory alcohol treatment
-Ignition interlock system required
 
Further penalties may result from aggravated offenses including:
 
-Driving 30 mph over speed limit
-Driving the wrong way on a street
-Causing an accident that results in injuries or death
-A BAC of .18 or higher
-Transporting passengers under age 12
 
In Kentucky a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher is considered under the influence.  Kentucky has implied consent laws meaning that chemical blood, breath, and urine testing is allowed.  Your rights in Kentucky related to testing are:

You have a right to an independent chemical test (by a qualified person) at your own cost.
Test results are made available to the defendant/defense attorney upon request.
Consequences of conviction
If you are convicted of a DUI in Kentucky, the conviction stays on your record for five years on an operator’s license or ten years on a commercial license.  Therefore, take such charges seriously and consult an experienced Louisville criminal laws for advice.

In Kentucky a DUI is a serious charge and can carry harsh penalties for convictions.  It is wise to consider contacting a criminal lawyer in Louisville immediately if you face DUI charges, so that your rights are protected.

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