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Kentucky DUI Laws

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The maximum prescribed legal BAC limit in Kentucky is 0.08% per se
(effective from Oct 1st 2000)

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Kentucky Drunk Driving Laws

(If you’ve been charged with Kentucky DUI, the law allows only 10 days for your Kentucky DUI Lawyer to make a request with the Kentucky DMV (Division of Motor Vehicles) for a hearing to save your driving license)

Kentucky is a member of the Interstate Drivers License Compact
An agreement between participating states to share information regarding certain types of convictions including DUI - DWI and related Drunk Driving offenses. If a resident of one state gets convicted of a drunk driving offense in another state, the driver's home state will be notified. The type of action that the driver's home state will take will vary from state to state.

Kentucky DUI Laws and BAC limits

ALL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.08%
In the State of Kentucky it is crime for ANY driver to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.08% and above.

COMMERCIAL DRIVERS - BAC LIMIT = 0.04%
It is a crime for commercial vehicle operators to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.04% or above.

MINOR (under the age of 21) - BAC LIMIT = 0.02%
It is a crime for persons under 21 years of age to drive with a BAC (blood alcohol content - concentration) of 0.02% or above.

It is a crime to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Kentucky and implied consent laws are enforced.

!! CAUTION - Driving Ability Impaired !!

You can be prosecuted in Kentucky without driving while you are over the legal prescribed bac limit.

Under Kentucky law, it is unlawful to drive with a BAC limit above the per se laws OR to drive while impaired under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Under this law the prosecution must show that the driver was IMPAIRED by alcohol and/or drugs. The level of impairment is usually based on observations and evidence of driving ability (or rather inability), physical appearance, field sobriety tests and any other relevant evidence which can help prove a persons driving ability was indeed impaired. Different amounts of alcohol can affect people in different ways, what may impair one persons driving ability and make them feel drunk, might not necessarily impair another persons driving ability.

Observations from a law enforcement officer that may lead to being stopped and arrested include:

  • Making a turn too widely or narrowly
  • Using two lanes, straddling the center line
  • Almost hitting someone or something
  • Weaving or drifting from one side of the road to another
  • Driving too slowly and being overly cautious
  • Driving too close to vehicle in front
  • Driving ON the center lines
  • Erratic braking
  • Swerving to correct course of vehicle

You can be charged with an offence regardless of your BAC level, as long as impairment can be proved to the legal extent necessary.

A skilled drunk driving attorney can help you defend any charges against you

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Penalties for DUI - Drunk Driving in Kentucky

Kentucky is a state with a ten year ‘washout period’ also known as a 'look back period'.

NOTE: OUT OF STATE CONVICTIONS
Under Kentucky state law prior drunk driving related convictions will include any convictions in any other state or jurisdiction as well as convictions in the state of Kentucky.

ENHANCED PENALTIES: AGGRAVATING CIRCUMSTANCES
Under Kentucky state law, if any of the aggravating circumstances listed below apply to any DUI case then increased penalties will apply.

1) Operating a motor vehicle while speeding (in excess of 30mph)
2) Operating a motor vehicle in wrong direction on limited access highway
3) Operating a motor vehicle which results in an accident causing serious injury or death
4) Operating a motor vehicle with a BAC (blood alcohol content) of 0.15 or more
5) Operating a motor vehicle while carrying a passenger under the age of 12
6) Refusing to submit to a chemical test


First Dui - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a first DUI - drunk driving conviction in Kentucky:

  • Fine: $200 to $500 fine + mandatory $375 service fee
  • Jail: 48 hours to 30 days in county jail [if aggravated DUI then minimum of 4 days in jail which cannot be suspended]
  • License Revocation: 30 to 120 days drivers license revocation
  • may apply for permission to enter community labor program for 48 hours to 30 days in lieu of fine and/or imprisonment

Second DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a second DUI - drunk driving conviction in Kentucky:

  • Fine: $350 to $500 fine + mandatory $375 service fee
  • Jail: 7 days to 6 months in county jail [if aggravated DUI then minimum of 14 days in jail which cannot be suspended]
  • License Revocation: 12 to 18 months drivers license revocation
  • Restricted License: may be eligible for restricted ignition interlock drivers license after 12 months for remainder of suspension period
  • Ignition Interlock: must only operate ignition interlock restricted vehicles for a period of 6 months upon conclusion of license revocation period (excludes employers vehicles)
  • possible 10 days to 6 months community labor in addition to fine and jail
  • alcohol abuse education or treatment program for a period of 1 year

Third DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - Misdemeanor

The penalty for a third DUI - drunk driving conviction in Kentucky:

  • Fine: $500 to $1,000 + mandatory $375 service fee
  • Jail: 30 days to 12 months in county jail [if aggravated DUI then minimum of 60 days in jail which cannot be suspended]
  • License Revocation: 24 to 36 month drivers license revocation
  • Restricted License: may be eligible for restricted ignition interlock drivers license after 12 months for remainder of suspension period
  • Ignition Interlock: must only operate ignition interlock restricted vehicles for a period of 12 months upon conclusion of license revocation period (excludes employers vehicles)
  • possible 10 days to 6 months community labor in addition to fine and jail
  • alcohol abuse education or treatment program for a period of 1 year (possible inpatient residential program)
  • possible restricted ignition interlock drivers license after suspension

Fourth (and subsequent) DUI - Drunk Driving Conviction - FELONY

The penalty for a fourth (and subsequent) DUI - drunk driving conviction in Kentucky:

  • Fine: fine determined by courts + mandatory $375 service fee
  • Jail: minimum of 120 days in imprisonment [if aggravated DUI then minimum of 240 days in jail which cannot be suspended]
  • License Revocation: 60 months drivers license revocation
  • Restricted License: may be eligible for restricted ignition interlock drivers license after 30 months for remainder of suspension period
  • Ignition Interlock: must only operate ignition interlock restricted vehicles for a period of 30 months upon conclusion of license revocation period (excludes employers vehicles)
  • alcohol abuse education or treatment program for a period of 1 year (possible inpatient residential program)
  • possible restricted ignition interlock drivers license after suspension

Underage DUI Penalties (Under 21 years of age)

Persons under 21 years of age with a BAC between 0.02 or less than 0.08 will be guilty of an offense and will suffer penalties outlined below:

Underage Dui - Drunk Driving Conviction - MISDEMEANOR

The penalty for a underage DUI - drunk driving conviction in Kentucky:

  • Fine: $100 to $500 fine (possible 20 hours community service in lieu of fine)
  • License Suspension: 30 days to 6 months drivers license suspension
  • alcohol abuse education or treatment program for a period of 90 days

UNERAGE DUI WITH HIGH BAC
If a person is under 21 and has a BAC of 0.08 or more, they will be subject to the same penalties as drivers over 21 as outlined above.


Implied consent LAWS

Implied Consent Chemical Testing

It is an offense to refuse to submit to a chemical test in Kentucky and implied consent laws are enforced.

Penalties for refusing to submit to a chemical test in Kentucky

In Kentucky, if the accused refuses to take a chemical test of their blood, breath or urine, their drivers license will be suspended/revoked.

First chemical test refusal

  • License Revocation: 30 to 120 days drivers license revocation

Second chemical test refusal

  • License Revocation: 12 to 18 months drivers license revocation

Third Chemical test refusal

  • License Revocation: 24 to 36 months drivers license revocation

Fourth (and subsequent) Chemical test refusal

  • License Revocation: 60 months drivers license revocation

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Kentucky SR22 insurance (High Risk auto Insurance)

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Minimum liability insurance requirements for private passenger vehicles in the state of Kentucky

The minimum mandatory liability insurance coverage required in the state of Kentucky for private passenger vehicles is (25/50/10). This equates to the following liability coverage:

  • $25,000 bodily injury liability (BIL) per person
  • $50,000 for two or more people in one accident
  • $10,000 property damage liability (PDL) coverage

What is (BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance?

(BIL) Bodily Injury Liability insurance coverage will pay for serious and permanent injury or death to other people when a crash is caused by the insured. An auto insurance company will pay for injuries up to the limits specified in an insurance policy and will provide legal representation for the insured in the event someone tries to sue them.

What is (PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance?

(PDL) Property Damage Liability insurance coverage pays for damages an insured driver or members of an insured drivers family cause (and are liable for) to other people's property in a crash involving a motor vehicle.

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Disclaimer: While every effort is made to keep all information up to date, the Kentucky drunk driving laws change frequently and the information provided on this web site should not be construed as legal advice, nor is it necessarily complete. Drinkdriving.org shall not be held responsible for any actions a person may take as a result of information gathered from this web site. Consultation with a local Kentucky DUI lawyer is recommended in all cases.

 

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Latest Kentucky DUI News

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