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What is Cost of DUI in Kentucky?

The real cost of a DUI varies by the individual, the county and the charges for legal services.  The real cost is also highly contingent on whether you are convicted or acquitted of the charges. If convicted, the mandatory DUI fine from the court is $200-500 for a first offense.  This is very misleading and is not reality.  A conviction brings a $200-500 fine, plus a DUI service fee of $250, plus court costs of about $153, plus other costs associated with the court.  If convicted, you will pay the court between $720-850, depending on your county of conviction.  Additionally, you will be mandated to undergo a DUI assessment and follow any recommendations for treatment.  The DUI assessment is generally $60 and you will be mandated to attend a minimum of 20 hour class, which generally cost $210.  License reinstatement in Kentucky is $40. Your insurance will increase if you are convicted of a DUI offense.  Generally, your rates will double for a first offense DUI.  This will remain in place for 2-3 years, and a DUI stays on your record for 5 years in Kentucky.  This generally equates to approximately $2,000/year for an average driver; more for a teen or younger person. Legal fees vary greatly.  Generally an attorney charging under $1,000 either will have very little experience or has no intention of taking the case to trial.  An experienced attorney knows that if you are charged in Boone, Campbell or Kenton counties, there is almost no chance in a reduction of the charges without a trial or suppression hearing.  You may hire an attorney to get you a 'better deal' for less than $1,000, but the best deals generally come if the prosecution believes they will not prevail at trial. Legal fees vary based on the complexity of the case, number of court appearances, discovery, number of hearings, suppression issues, whether a bench (judge) or jury trial and length of trial.  Most attorneys will give you an estimate and have you sign a fee agreement/contract outlining all charges. For a consultation in Northern Kentucky, call the Bouldin Law Firm and speak with Michael Bouldin.  Contact Michael at 859-581-6453 or email at mwbouldin2@gmail.com.

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