Under KRS 189A.010, it is illegal in Kentucky to drive with an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher whether or not one’s driving ability is recognizably affected. This law also prohibits driving while under the influence of alcohol, while under the influence of substances that impair driving ability, or with the presence of certain substances in the blood. Therefore, you may be convicted of DUI even if your blood alcohol level does not exceed the “legal limit.” In fact, under certain circumstances, you could be convicted of driving under the influence of medication prescribed to you, or even over-the-counter drugs. Further, many drivers are not sure if they are driving “under the influence,” or even how to define the term.
At this time, Fayette County does not have a DUI Diversion Program. As a result, anyone convicted of a DUI in Lexington will face significant legal penalties. The consequences of a DUI conviction extend far beyond fines, substances abuse treatment, loss of driving privileges, and even jail time. The stigma of a criminal record can impact current and future employment opportunities, personal relationships, and more.
Despite Kentucky’s tough DUI laws, defenses are available. Illegal traffic stops, faulty blood alcohol testing, and more could lead to a conviction if you do not have knowledgeable advocates on your side. Even if you feel that you are guilty, a lawyer can help diminish the effect of a DUI on the rest of your life.
If you have been charged with a DUI, please contact our firm to evaluate the circumstances of your case and consider possible defenses. Our attorneys will discuss the facts surrounding your traffic stop, the results of your field sobriety and blood alcohol tests, statements you might have made to police officers, and your criminal background. To more efficiently assess your case, we encourage you to submit basic info to us through our online form as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Legal Services Offered and Cost
Legal fees: hourly rate, or flat fee may be available depending on circumstances
Filing fees and other costs: fine and court costs possible, depending on the case. Please contact our firm for more information given the circumstances of your charge.
- Review of client’s information and charge information
- Case evaluation to determine how best to contest the charge
- Meeting with client to prepare defense and/or plea arrangement
- Negotiations with prosecutor
- Representation at trial, if necessary and agreed to by firm
- Communication with client as to final resolution of DUI charge
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