Kentucky, home to some of the most famous whiskey distilleries in the world, still has very little tolerance for drunk driving. In fact, the state imposes a prison term of at least two days for all DUI convictions -- and the possibility of up to 30 days in jail even for a first offense. In addition, first offenders will have their license suspended for 30 to 120 days; pay a $200 to $500 fine; attend an alcohol and substance abuse program for 90 days; complete 48 hours to 30 days of community labor; and pay all applicable court costs and administrative fees (including the cost of the substance abuse program). You'll spend at least 120 days in jail and have your license suspended for five years if you commit a fourth DUI offense within five years of the first.
Understanding the law is the best way to avoid getting charged; but if you have been charged with a DUI, learning about the law will help you plan your next steps and perhaps avoid certain mistakes. Learn more about the DUI laws of Kentucky with the following charts, information, and links to additional sources.
Kentucky DUI Laws: Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) Limits and Implied Consent
|"Per Se" BAC Limit||0.08 Percent|
|Zero Tolerance (Underage) BAC Limit||0.02 Percent|
|Enhanced Penalty (Aggravated) BAC Limit||0.18 Percent|
|Implied Consent to Submit to BAC Test?||Yes|
Kentucky DUI Laws: Select Penalties
|Minimum License Suspension or Revocation (1st, 2nd, 3rd offense)||30 days / 1 year / 2 years|
|Mandatory Alcohol Education, Assessment and Treatment||Both|
|Vehicle Confiscation Possible?||Yes|
|Ignition Interlock Device Possible?||Yes|
Note: State laws are always changing through legislative, judicial, or other means. While FindLaw works hard to ensure the accuracy of its legal resources, it's a good idea to thoroughly research the law or check with an attorney to make sure you have the most recent information.
Kentucky DUI Resources
Learn More About Kentucky DUI Laws from an Attorney
So you had one (or three) bourbons too many while touring Kentucky's famous distilleries, and probably should've taken a cab. Now you're facing a DUI charge and license suspension. While states generally come down hard on DUI offenders, a DUI attorney in Kentucky can help you craft your best defense and advocate on your behalf.