DUI in Kentucky

FIrst Steps if Charged with DUI

If you are charged with a DUI (or OVI), you are facing serious legal consequences.  You should take immediate steps to hire an attorney who regularly practices in the county of your arrest.  For consultation in Northern Kentucky, contact Mike@bouldinlawfirm.com or call 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE).

What Are Consequences?

If you have been charged with 1st Offense DUI in Kentucky, you are facing penalties of 2-30 days incarceration and/or $200-500 fine, loss of license from 30-120 days and mandatory DUI fees, evaluation and treatment.  2nd and 3rd offenses have harsher penalties.  Know your rights to protect them.  Contact us today!

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What is the Cost of DUI?

Costs vary depending on your charges, call an attorney for retainer and estimate. While the cost of hiring an attorney is not cheap, it is essential to protect your rights and can end up saving money in the end.  It has been estimated that a typical DUI will cost over $10,000 after paying of legal fees, fines, costs, treatment and increased insurance costs.

Why Bouldin Law Firm?

With 25 years experience defending DUI cases, Michael Bouldin will direct the discovery, look for defenses and weaknesses in the case and discuss potential suppression and/or plea deals.  Some cases prove better after a trial or hearing, while others may benefit from a plea deal.  Use an attorney whose advice you can trust.

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Next Steps...

Call or email to schedule an appointment.  If you have court, call immediately and plead NOT GUILTY if you cannot get into an attorney before court.  Email or call 859-581-6453 / 581-MIKE today.

New Conceal Carry Law in Kentucky

Beginning July 1, 2019, Kentucky law changes regarding the ability to carry a concealed weapon. Prior to this change enacted by HB150, it was required that you first obtain a permit to carry a concealed deadly weapon. Under the new law, no permit is required if you are over 21 years of age and otherwise lawfully allowed to carry a firearm.

It is important to know that where you carry has not changed. You cannot carry a weapon into a police station, detention center, courthouse, bar/pub, school, or any establishment that prohibits weapons. This law does not give any additional rights to those convicted of a felony or under supervision by probation and parole.

Also, expect authorities to be stricter on cracking down on possession of handgun while also in possession of any illegal drugs. Under KRS 218A.1422 if you possess a handgun while in possession of any controlled substance, the charge is enhanced to a class D Felony pursuant to KRS 218A.992. This provision includes marijuana, for enhancement to a FELONY.

Also, Kentucky permits DO continue to exist and be issued. This may be required if you plan to carry your firearm into another state that does require a permit.

If you want more information, see HB150. If you need legal counsel or consultation, contact Michael Bouldin at Bouldin Law Firm by calling 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) or email mike@bouldinlawfirm.com.

Joint Custody and Equal Parenting Time in KY

Kentucky law changed in June, 2018 which now allows for a presumption of joint custody and equal parenting time for both parents. Litigants should be aware this does not GUARANTEE that you will get either joint custody or equal parenting time, but it is the starting point for a judge to consider when determining the best interest of the children.

Interestingly, many family law practitioners (me included) do not believe that this legal change has caused any substantial change in how a judge would evaluate a case. For many years, judges have given equal weight to each parent when determining custody. The difference is that now there is a presumption, which is rebuttable by a preponderance of evidence.

What that phrase means is that if there is no evidence presented, the judge would be required to grant joint legal custody and equal parenting time. A party wishing to overcome this presumption would have to show substantial proof that joint custody is not in the child(ren)’s best interest. Often, evidence of abuse or neglect will be presented to show that one particular parent should not be granted joint legal or shared parenting.

This area is fraught with legal, evidentiary and practical issues. If you have a custody case, whether joint or you are seeking sole custody, you should consult an experienced family law attorney. Knowledge of the local judge is essential when presenting the case.

To schedule an appointment, call or email Emily@bouldinlawfirm.com. For more information or consultation in Boone, Campbell or Kenton county, contact the Bouldin Law Firm at 859-581-6453 or email info@bouldinlawfirm.com.

What is Collaborative Divorce?

I’m often asked about Collaborative Divorce since I was initially trained in the process 12 years ago. Collaborative divorce utilizes a goal of “divorce with dignity.” Often people that can no longer be married do not necessarily want to ruin the other spouse.

In those cases, often the parties consider the collaborative process. Parties agree to forgo court action and traditional litigation in favor of proceeding civilly toward a mutually agreeable resolution.

During the process, the parties each have their own attorneys who guide them through. They first meet and sign a collaborative agreement which outlines everyone’s responsibilities and expectations. The next step is to determine each parties’ Goals and Objectives and attempting to align them for a mutually beneficial resolution.

The team then decides if other collaborative professionals are needed: family support specialists, custody coordinators, financial neutrals, or business valuation experts. Once determined, the parties exchange information and work toward mutual resolution.

Often the process involves meeting with attorneys and parties to work toward common goals. Once identified, the parties work toward resolution of those goals – including custody, parenting time, division of assets and debts and financial independence, which may include support.

To find out more about collaborative process, or divorce in Kentucky or Ohio, contact Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email mike@bouldinlawfirm.com.

Bouldin Law Legal Website Returns

Thanks to those that assisted in our office move, renovation and updated website.  I hope that the change will benefit all past, present and future clients of Bouldin Law Firm.

The close of the office at 120 West Fifth Street has allowed for out expanded space at 619 Washington St., Covington, KY 41011.  We are only 1.5 blocks from the old location, with accommodations for most legal needs.

The new office houses only 2 attorneys, Michael W. Bouldin and Kristopher Nevels.  Kris is concentrating in accident/injury but rapidly building a criminal defense and custody practice.  Mike remains focused on client needs, predominantly in divorce/dissolution as well as criminal defense.

The firm also covers a variety of other concerns, such as estate planning, including preparation of wills, living wills, trusts and POA.  Niche’ areas of practice include Social Security Disability/SSI and KHSAA eligibility.

If you have legal concerns, please call our office at 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) and ask our office manager, Emily, for assistance.  Email info@bouldinlawfirm.com.