In Kentucky, it may be possible to reduce a DUI through plea bargaining or negotiation with the prosecutor.
LEXINGTON, KY, September 21, 2023 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Whether or not a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charge in Kentucky can be reduced depends on the specific circumstances of the case, including the defendant's prior criminal history, the specific facts of the incident, and the discretion of the prosecutor handling the case.
Because so many factors are involved, it is recommended that anyone facing a DUI charge in Kentucky consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can evaluate the specific circumstances of their case and provide guidance on the best course of action.
If the prosecutor agrees to reduce the DUI charge, it may be reduced to a lesser charge, such as reckless driving. However, even with a reduced charge, there may still be significant consequences, including fines, probation, license suspension, and even jail time.
As an example, for a 1st offense DUI in Kentucky, defendants will face a fine ranging from $200 to $500, their license will be suspended from 30 to 120 days, and they will be referred to complete an alcohol-driver education program before they are allowed to get their license back. They may also spend up to 30 days in jail.
If the defendant has prior DUIs, it may be more difficult to get a DUI charge reduced, but it is not impossible. In Kentucky, a DUI conviction will remain on a driving record for a period of 5 years from the date of conviction, and, in general, the more prior DUI convictions a driver has, the more difficult it will be to negotiate a plea deal or reduction with the prosecutor.
Kentucky has a lookback period of 10 years, meaning that prior DUIs within the past 10 years can be used to enhance the penalties for a subsequent DUI conviction.
If a driver is arrested for another DUI within the 10-year lookback period, the penalties for the subsequent offense will be more severe due to the prior conviction on the defendant's record.
"Acting quickly is the best way to protect your rights. Some of the most impactful consequences of DUI convictions include difficulties finding employment, education opportunities, loans, and housing," says Lexington DUI Lawyer, Dan Carman.
About Lexington Defense and Attorney Dan Carman
Before entering private practice, Mr. Carman served as a judge advocate in the United States Marine Corps, where he served as a criminal defense attorney, defending those charged with possession and distribution of drugs, larceny, obstruction of justice, and many other crimes. As a prosecutor, Mr. Carman has assisted hundreds of clients in areas of domestic relations, consumer fraud, collections, and landlord-tenant matters. Contact Lexington Defense at 859-685-1055 or visit www.lexingtondefense.com/dui.
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