A Few Points Worth to Know About DUI Laws in Kentucky

What Is Kentucky’s DUI Law? What Does It Mean?DWI/DUI is an abbreviation of driving while under the influence of intoxicants (alcohol) or of any substance or substances which impair driving ability. Other substances can include illegal drugs, prescription drugs, inhalants such as glue, gasoline, spray paint etc., and/or over the counter medications. Kentucky’s DUI law has an “Illegal Per Se” provision. “Illegal Per Se” (On the face of or by itself) means it is illegal to drive with a blood or breath alcohol content of 0.08 or higher.Highlights of Kentucky’s DUI LawHere are highlights from Kentucky law on driving under the influence (KRS Chapter 189A). Legal terms associated with drunk driving in Kentucky.’Per Se’ BAC Level: .08Zero Tolerance BAC Level: .02Enhanced Penalty BAC Level: .18Implied Consent Law: YesLicense Suspension 1st Offense: 30 daysLicense Suspension 2nd Offense: 1 yearLicense Suspension 3rd Offense: 2 yearsMandatory Jail Time after 2nd offense: YesMandatory Alcohol Education: YesMandatory Assessment/Treatment: YesPossible Ignition Interlock: YesPossible Vehicle Confiscation: YesHardship License while license suspended: NoOpen Container Law: For driver and passengerThese are highlights of the main provisions of Kentucky law pertaining to drunk driving. Other factors can increase the penalties for drunk driving, such as if an injury or death occurred, or if a child was endangered.Source: KRS Chapter 189AAnother Important Fact to Know: 90% of DUI arrests occur between 10PM and 3AM.How Can I Clear My DUI Record?You may have some options available to clear your record. Your first option after a DUI conviction is to seek a new trial from the court. If there was an error in the admission of evidence at your trial or some other procedural problems, your attorney can ask the court for a new trial. If the judge grants your request for a new trial, you will be allowed to present your entire case again, this time before a new jury. If you’re found not guilty after your second trial, then your record will be cleared and the legal effect would be as if you never were convicted. If the judge refuses to grant you a new trial, or you lose at your second trial, you may be eligible to appeal your DUI conviction. If there is an error of law at your trial, or the jury completely disregarded the facts, you may have grounds for an appeal. An appeal involves filing briefs with the court and an oral argument-you will not be required to appear or participate in the appeal. If your appeal is successful, your conviction will be reversed, and your record will be cleared.The Truth about Lawyers – Even though lawyers are the brunt of a lot of jokes out there, they really are in the legal industry to help you. You could hire one of the most expensive lawyers out there to represent you for your DUI case, and you will still pay less money to him than you would to the court system. If you had the option to pay a certain amount of money to the court, have your license taken away, have to go to jail and spend a weekend at a conference where they describe to you how bad drinking and driving is… OR, pay a lawyer a smaller amount of money, have a good chance of keeping your license, have a better chance of having the DUI dropped and to stay out of jail, wouldn’t that be better?