Kentucky DUI Laws

Facing Kentucky DUI Charges? An Attorney Can Get You Answers!


Kentucky is the home to one of the country's largest Breathalyzer manufacturers. So it's no wonder the Bluegrass State has such tough DUI laws. A DUI in Kentucky can result in jail time, driver's license suspension and heavy fines. State laws also allow for the use of ignition interlock devices.

There are other costs for a drunk driving conviction in Kentucky. A DUI can prevent you from keeping a job or getting a commercial driver's license. Your insurance rates could skyrocket as well. But a DUI charges doesn't have to ruin your life. You still have rights, and a Kentucky DUI attorney can help you protect them.

A DUI attorney can provide you with information and answers you need. Start the process today by filling out the FREE case evaluation form on this page or calling, toll free, 877-349-1311.

Kentucky DUI laws call for strict punishments for DUI convictions at all levels, from first-offenses on up. Refusing a breathalyzer could result in a driver's license suspension, and it also doubles the minimum penalties if you are convicted of a DUI in that case.

Kentucky DUI Penalties

First DUI Conviction

  • 2 days-30 days in jail
  • 30-120 days suspend license
  • $200-500 in fines
  • Community service
  • 6-month installation of ignition interlock device

Second DUI Conviction (within 5 years)

  • 12-18 months suspend license
  • $350-500 in fines
  • 7 days-6 months in jail
  • 10 days-6 months community service
  • 1-year installation of ignition interlock device

Third DUI Conviction (within 5 years)

  • 2-3 years suspend license
  • $500-1,000 in fines
  • 30 days-1 year in jail
  • 10 days-1 year community service
  • 30-month installation of an ignition interlock device

Penalties for Refusal

  • Driver's license revocation until court case is decided
  • Possible 120-day suspension for first refusal
  • Doubling of minimum jail sentence if convicted of DUI

Kentucky DUI attorneys can answer questions you might have about state laws or your specific DUI case. To connect with a DUI attorney near you today, fill out the free case evaluation form on this page or call us, toll free, at 877-349-1311.

Note: Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on these DWI laws, speak to a local DWI lawyer in the state.

The Kentucky DUI penalty list is by no means all-inclusive. DUI penalties may vary based on a variety of factors, including your prior driving record.

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