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What Is Punishment for Driving on Suspended License?

Kentucky law allows for jail time for first offense of driving on a suspended license.  Any first offense can carry up to 90 days of incarceration.  If charged with driving on a DUI suspended license, the charge may carry up to 12 months in jail. KRS 189A.090 defines driving on suspended license in Kentucky.  Operating motor vehicle while license is revoked or suspended for driving under the influence prohibited -- Operating motor vehicle without required ignition interlock device prohibited -- Penalties.

(1) No person shall operate or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while his license is revoked or suspended under KRS 189A.010(6), 189A.070, 189A.107, 189A.200, or 189A.220, or operate or be in physical control of a motor vehicle without a functioning ignition interlock device in violation of KRS 189A.345(1).
(2) In addition to any other penalty imposed by the court, any person who violates subsection (1) of this section shall:
(a) For a first offense within a five (5) year period, be guilty of a Class B misdemeanor and have his license revoked by the court for six (6) months, unless at the time of the offense the person was also operating or in physical control of a motor vehicle in violation of KRS 189A.010(1)(a), (b), (c), (d), or (e), in which event he shall be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and have his license revoked by the court for a period of one (1) year;
(b) For a second offense within a five (5) year period, be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and have his license revoked by the court for one (1) year, unless at the time of the offense the person was also operating or in physical control of a motor vehicle in violation of KRS 189A.010(1)(a), (b), (c), (d), or (e), in which event he shall be guilty of a Class D felony and have his license revoked by the court for a period of two (2) years; (c) For a third or subsequent offense within a five (5) year period, be guilty of a Class D felony and have his license revoked by the court for two (2) years, unless at the time of the offense the person was also operating or in physical control of a motor vehicle in violation of KRS 189A.010(1)(a), (b), (c), (d), or (e), in which event he shall be guilty of a Class D felony and have his license revoked by the court for a period of five (5) years.

In summary, if you are operating on a DUI suspended license, your first offense is a class A misdemeanor and a second offense is a class D FELONY!  If you are charged with operating on a suspended license, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney.  For a consultation about a case in Boone, Campbell or Kenton, Grant or Hamilton counties, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at mwbouldin2@gmail.com.  Call 581-MIKE.

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