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Kentucky DUI Information

If an individual possesses a blood alcohol content of .08%, or higher, they are considered to be DUI in the state of Kentucky.  In order to be admitted into court evidence during a DUI proceeding, the blood alcohol test must be conducted within 2 hours of operating a motor vehicle.  In some instances, such as evidence of impairment, a conviction may be handed down even if the blood alcohol content is less than .08%. 

A first time DUI offender, in Kentucky, can expect to receive an imposed fine ranging from $200.00 to $500.00 and a minimum of two days in jail with a maximum of 30 days.  Offenders are ordered to a 90 day treatment program for alcohol and substance abuse in addition to a potential order of 30-120 days of community service.

If aggravating circumstances are involved with the DUI, the offender may face incarceration for a minimum of four days.  Such incidents involve operating a motor vehicle more than 30 mph above the posted speed limit, driving the wrong way on a limited access highway, causing an accident that results in personal injury or death, a proven blood alcohol content of .18% of higher, refusal to submit to testing and/or driving with passengers under 12 years of age.

Youthful offenders, who are defined as anyone under the age of 21 who possesses as blood alcohol level of .02 of higher, are considered to be DUI.  As youthful offenders, individuals under the age of 21 are also subject to fines and penalties, including possible license suspension.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are often faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk,” offenders are sometimes dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  If an insurance company cancels the policy and leaves the offender to search for a new carrier, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company willing to offer a policy. 





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