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DUI Lawyers in Louisville, KY

Anyone old enough to drive has a basic understanding of DUIs, or driving under the influence. But, very few people know the intimate laws and regulations associated with DUIs like the criminal law attorneys at Durrett & Kersting Law, PLLC. When faced with a situation involving a DUI, it is important to have a basic understanding and to know when you should call a DUI Lawyer in Kentucky.


What is a DUI? Driving under the influence, otherwise known as a DUI, is any time a person is operating a motor vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant. Intoxicants can be more than just alcohol. Other common intoxicants include illegal drugs, prescription drugs, inhalants, or over the counter medications. DUIs are utilized as a way to prevent people from operating or driving motor vehicles while intoxicated or under the influence of any substance.
How are DUIs Determined? DUIs are typically determined using a variety of different assessments. Initially, a field sobriety test and a Breathalyzer can be conducted at the scene. Additionally, a blood test can be taken within two hours of operating the motor vehicle. Both the Breathalyzer test and the blood test are used to measure the Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC). If your BAC is above the legal limit, which is usually 0.08 percent, you could be given a DUI. Your BAC is affected by your health, body weight, food consumption, amount of intoxicant consumed and rate of consumption.
What are the penalties for DUIs? The penalties for DUIs vary based on the state laws and the circumstances of the case. Also, penalties tend to become more severe with increasing DUI offenses. In general, some of the most common penalties include:

• Prison, jail or home incarceration time
• Alcohol Education Classes
• Fines ranging from a few hundred dollars to more than $10,000 dollars
• Probation of one to three years
• License suspension
• Ignition interlock device (IID), which is a Breathalyzer connected to the vehicle dashboard that requires the driver to blow into the device prior to starting the vehicle.

What Are Other Types of DUIs? The penalties for DUIs vary based on the state laws and the circumstances of the case. Also, penalties tend to become more severe with increasing DUI offenses. In general, some of the most common penalties include:

• An underage DUI is when a person under the legal drinking age operates a motor vehicle while under the influence of any substance. Zero tolerance laws require minors to blow less than a 0.02 percent on a Breathalyzer test. The penalties for an underage DUI are similar to regular DUIs, which include, license suspension, jail or juvenile facility time, alcohol treatment program, ignition interlock devices, fines, minor in possession, or distributing to minors if there are other underage drunk passengers. If the child is over 16 years old, they can be tried as an adult.
• Boating under the influence, or BUIs, are similar to DUIs except they apply to drivers operating watercraft while under the influence. Watercraft includes any type of water vehicle, including speedboats, pontoon boats, or jet-skis.

How can Durrett & Kersting Law, PLLC help me? Durrett & Kersting Law's experienced criminal defense lawyers in Louisville have years of experience assisting with DUI, underage DUI and BUI cases. The qualified team can work with you to determine the best plan of action for your individual case. Contact our office today to see how our DUI Lawyers can help you figure out the DUI Laws in Kentucky!



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