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What are the penalties for a DUI in Kentucky?

Driving under the influence of alcohol—otherwise known as a DUI—is a criminal offense that can have severe consequences. Every state has its own laws regarding DUI’s, and Kentucky is no exception.

For someone who has been charged or convicted of driving under the influence, it is important to understand the potential consequences of a DUI in the state of Kentucky.

The penalties for a DUI can vary depending on how many previous offenses a defendant has accumulated. The consequences for a first-time DUI, for example, are less severe than for a fourth or subsequent conviction.

  • If a driver is younger than 21 years old, their driver’s license will be suspended between 30 days and six months. They can be fined between $100 and $500, or face 20 hours of community service instead. However, if the offender had a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or over, then he or she could receive the same punishment as a driver who is 21 years or older.
  • For a first-time offender, the penalty is generally a fine of between $200 and $500, 48 hours to 30 days of jail time, community service, mandatory drug and alcohol treatment, or a suspended license.
  • A second conviction can be punished by a fine of $350 to $500, up to six months of jail time or community labor, and a license suspension of up to 18 months.
  • For a third DUI, you could face a fee of up to $1,000 and one year in jail. Other possible consequences include community labor, required drug or alcohol treatment, and a three-year-long license suspension.
  • Four or more offenses are treated as a Class D felony in Kentucky. If arrested for a fourth DUI, you could face four months of imprisonment without parole, a five-year-long license suspension, and a fine between $1,000 and $10,000.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence, the skilled DUI defense attorneys at White Peck Carrington, LLP, have the crucial legal counsel that you need. You can contact our Kentucky offices to meet with an attorney today.

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