Answers To Your DUI Questions
Aldridge & Birdwhistell commonly hears questions about DUI charges in Kentucky and what our attorneys may be able to do to help. We’d like to help by answering some of those questions here.
Do I Need A Lawyer For A DUI Case?
An experienced criminal defense attorney will know and be able to advise which of several strategic angles could result in the charges against you being dropped, defeated or reduced.
Our DUI defense attorneys will carefully investigate what happened in your case. If we discover any inappropriate actions on behalf of the police, we may be able to defeat the charges.
How Can I Fight The Charges?
The Constitution of the United States puts important limitations on the actions of police and other government officers. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures. A search occurs whenever a police officer examines your person, possessions, vehicle or home to obtain information. A search may be conducted only if an officer reasonably expects to find evidence of a crime.
In the case of a DUI, we will investigate whether the officer had sufficient grounds to stop your vehicle and then administer sobriety tests.
What Happens If I Am Found Guilty?
A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) has serious consequences in Kentucky. For many people, the hardest consequence is the suspension or revocation of your driver’s license.
Fines and jail time may also attach to a DUI conviction. The length and duration of the penalties become more severe if it is your second, third or fourth DUI conviction.
What Makes A DUI “Aggravated?”
You are charged with aggravated DUI if your episode entailed other undesirable conditions beyond driving while intoxicated. Aggravating circumstances include:
- Driving 30 mph over the speed limit
- Transporting a child under the age of 12
- Driving in the wrong direction
- Causing a fatal or serious accident
- Refusing a sobriety test
- Having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .18% or higher two hours after operating the vehicle
What Are The Consequences Of Aggravated DUI?
If aggravating conditions were present, then the consequences of a drunk driving conviction become more severe. The length of a jail term becomes significantly longer, as a court is likely to issue sentences toward the maximum range of allowable limits when aggravating circumstances are present.
It is important to retain representation if you are charged with aggravating conditions. We know how to fight the charges and may be able to get the aggravating conditions dropped.
How Do I Get Help From A Kentucky DUI Law Firm?
Call 270-765-2000 in Elizabethtown or 270-505-9219 in Louisville or contact us online. You can arrange an appointment to meet with us to discuss how we may be able to help. The initial consultation is free and confidential, even if you decide not to retain us. We serve clients from across Central Kentucky.