DUI Day! Welcome to Black Friday!

Every year there are more DUI charges on the Wednesday before and the Friday following Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Hiring a good DUI attorney is the most important thing you can do following an arrest. Many people believe that New Years Eve would be the busiest day, however that day is reserved for professionals and most people have a plan prior to the beginning of the evening.

Wednesday before Thanksgiving, however, is generally last minute plans and over-imbibing. Many students come home for the first time since leaving for college. They see their old friends and have a newfound love for beer. Bars, pubs and restaurants run specials all night because most of them are closed on Thursday.

Having practiced law for 25 years, I have run a similar post many times. It almost always generates a few leads and at least one or two new clients. Of course, DUI and OVI charges occur throughout the year. If you were charged with DUI this week(end), get an experienced attorney to help you through the process. An attorney will discuss your chances of an acquittal as well as guide you through the process. This may include hardship license, Ignition Interlock or avoidance of incarceration. See also what to do if you get arrested.

For consultation in Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati, contact Michael Bouldin at 859-581-MIKE (859-581-6453) or email mike@bouldinlawfirm.com. Contact form LINK.

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JUUL Litigation Attorney

If you have been injured by the use of JUUL vaping products, you need to hire an attorney. In Kentucky and Ohio, contact Michael W. Bouldin and get yourself included in the federal class action litigation.

Injuries may include medical visits, asthma, problems breathing, hospitalization or death. If you have a child who has problems relating to vaping JUUL, you can file on their behalf.

If a settlement is reached or if litigation results in a plaintiff verdict, the class members will be compensated. Compensation will likely be based on the severity of the injury, but damages have yet to be determined.

There are currently lawsuits pending in both Ohio and Kentucky and they have been combined with federal class action in California. IT IS NOT TOO LATE! Call or email or fill out the contact information below. An attorney will be in touch with you very soon!

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What Is a DUI Aggravator?

Kentucky law allows enhancement of a DUI charge if there are one one of 6 aggravators. If a person pleads or is found guilty of a DUI, their sentence is enhanced (made worse) if any of these aggravators exist. On a first offense, an aggravating circumstance mandates 4 days in jail. On subsequent offense, the aggravator doubles the minimum jail sentence.

The basic aggravators are listed in KRS 189A.010, as follows: (11)

  • (a) Operating a motor vehicle in excess of thirty (30) miles per hour above the speed limit;
  • (b) Operating a motor vehicle in the wrong direction on a limited access highway;
  • (c) Operating a motor vehicle that causes an accident resulting in death or serious physical injury as defined in KRS 500.080 ;
  • (d) Operating a motor vehicle while the alcohol concentration in the operator’s blood or breath is 0.15 or more as measured by a test or tests of a sample of the operator’s blood or breath taken within two (2) hours of cessation of operation of the motor vehicle;
  • (e) Refusing to submit to any test or tests of one’s blood, breath, or urine requested by an officer having reasonable grounds to believe the person was operating or in physical control of a motor vehicle in violation of subsection (1) of this section;  and
  • (f) Operating a motor vehicle that is transporting a passenger under the age of twelve (12) years old.

It should be noted, that if there is a death or serious physical injury as in subsection (c), most police and prosecutors will also file additional charges. These are often FELONY charges and require additional legal work. Additionally, KRS 189A.010(11)(e) should not apply if the person is charged with a first offense dui. This is because the first offense apply to those aggravators that occur while driving the vehicle.

Most importantly, an attorney can work to try to dismiss the aggravator when entering a plea and/or discuss alternatives to incarceration.

If you have been charged with DUI or any other motor vehicle offense, you should discuss your case with an experienced criminal/DUI defense attorney. For consultation and representation in Northern Kentucky, contact Michael Bouldin at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com or call 859-581-6453 )581-MIKE.

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