What To Expect After DUI Arrest In Kentucky

If you have been arrested for DUI in Kentucky, there are a number of steps.

First, you will appear in court soon after the arrest. If you are in custody, you will appear on the next business day. On a first offense, you will typically be granted an OR (own recognizance) bond after you have been in jail for 3-5 hours. If you are released from jail, you will be given paperwork with your next court date, which is generally in 1-2 weeks.

Your first appearance is called arraignment. The arraignment is simply to advise you of the charges, potential penalties and allow for a plea of either guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty, you will be sentenced at that time. It is strongly recommended that you hire an attorney as early in the process as possible. If you have not yet consulted an attorney, plead NOT GUILTY and then ask for time.

After your Not Guilty plea, the case will be scheduled for a Pre-Trial Conference. This gives the defense attorney an opportunity to review all of the case file, including video, officer notes, field notes, and reports. Often the attorney will also “pre-try” the case with the arresting officer to determine the strength of the prosecution’s case as well as any suppression issues which may be present.

Possible penalties for first offense DUI in Kentucky include 3-30 days of jail and/or $200-500 fine, 30-120 day license suspension, mandatory DUI service fee, court costs, Alcohol/Drug evaluation and any classes recommended (20 hour minimum). The costs and fees will range from $750-$1050. If an aggravating circumstance exists, there is a mandatory 4 days of incarceration.

Realize that often there are other charges which accompany a DUI. Those may be traffic offenses, license or insurance issues, or possession of some other illegal substance. Citations may also include felony charges for wanton endangerment, assault, or homicide charges. These may be dismissed or may be more serious than the DUI charge and require special care.

If you have been charged with DUI or any other crime in Kentucky, you should seek legal advice and hire an experienced criminal defense attorney. For consultation in Northern Kentucky or Cincinnati, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email mike@bouldinlawfirm.com.

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What Is Trafficking?

Trafficking is the selling, distribution, or transfer of an item. When a defendant is charged with trafficking a controlled substance, or trafficking marijuana, it does not necessarily have to be a money-making venture. A person can be found guilty of trafficking by not only selling, but giving, prescribing or distributing illegal substances. Most drug trafficking charges are found in KRS 218A and following.

Additionally, trafficking can be proven as possession with intent to traffic. This can be proven in a number of ways, including: quantity, other indicia of intent, statements by the defendant, other witnesses to trafficking or evidence found that would indicate that a person plans to selling, distributing or transferring the drugs.

Trafficking of marijuana can be a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the quantity as well as if it was in a protected area, generally a school zone. Trafficking of a narcotic is generally a class C felony, but can be a D if there is a small quantity and can be a B if a second or subsequent offense.

If you have been charged with ANY trafficking offense, you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. In Northern Kentucky, contact Michael Bouldin at Bouldin Law Firm by calling 581-MIKE, 859-581-6453 or email mike@bouldinlawfirm.com.

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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.

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