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What Does a DUI Cost in Kentucky?

I am often asked, "What is the cost of a DUI in Kentucky?"  The answer can be as simple as the legal fees involved, but the real answer is much more complex. The cost for increases in insurance rates vary according to your insurer.  That said, the best estimate is between $1,200 the first year, which is basically an absolute minimum to over $40,000 over the next 13 years.  Generally most insurance companies will double the rate for insurance once a driver is convicted of a DUI offense.  Also, a DUI stays on your record for 5 years, so the minimum is generally $6,000. If convicted, other costs include $750-1000 in court costs and fees.  This includes the state mandated DUI service fee as well as the statutory fine of $200-500 for a first offense.  The court will also mandate an Alcohol and Drug Evaluation, $60 plus mandatory classes which can be from $120-500.  The division of drivers' licensing will also charge a reinstatement fee which is $40 in Kentucky (note: Kentucky reinstatement fee is among the least expensive in the country). Also involved is potential for 3-30 days of incarceration, which generally translates to lost income.  Also is loss of license for 30-180 days. Remember, these all all for FIRST OFFENSES.  The breakdown is as follows: If convicted:                                                                                    If acquitted: $0 - $5,000                           LEGAL FEES                                 $1,200 - $5,000 $750 - $1,000                      COURT COSTS/FINES               $0 $6,000 - $40,000               INSURANCE INCREASE         $0 $180 - $560                           DUI CLASSES                               $0 $40                                             REINSTATEMENT FEE            $0 yes                                               LOSS OF LICENSE                      no (*unless refusal) possible                                     INCARCERATION                     no As you can see, the cost can be very expensive if you are convicted of a DUI, even a first offense in Kentucky.  If you have been charged with a DUI you need to know your rights and speak with a criminal and DUI defense attorney.  In Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati, contact Michael Bouldin for a consultation at 859-581-6453 or email [email protected]

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