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What can happen if you get multiple DUIs in Kentucky?

On Behalf of | Nov 3, 2022 | DUI |

A DUI conviction can have serious consequences in more aspects of life than just losing your driving license. It can affect your job, relationships and even your liberty. 

If you reach the point where you’re facing multiple DUIs, you’re likely going to be worried about what’s coming next, especially with the possibility of jail time. 

Here’s some information about possible penalties for multiple DUIs and what you should do next. 

Penalties for repeat offenses

Courts in Kentucky take repeat DUI offenses seriously and they impose harsher penalties to reflect this, such as: 

  • A fine ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 
  • As a fourth DUI conviction is a Class D Felony, it carries a period of imprisonment from one to five years with a minimum of 120 days of the sentence to be served. If there are aggravating factors, the amount of time doubles to 240 days 
  • 60-month license suspension 
  • No hardship privileges are available
  • Alcohol and drug assessment and treatment lasting one year 

There is also the option to join the Kentucky Ignition Interlock Program (KIIP). This involves being limited to only driving a motor vehicle with an ignition interlock device fitted. For eligible participants, it reduces the period of suspension to 30 months. 

Mitigating circumstances

There will often be mitigation that can be put forward when facing another DUI charge. 

Highlighting mitigating circumstances early on means they can be taken into account and can affect the penalties that you receive. 

As judges have discretion over the length of jail time and the number of fines they impose, it’s important to make sure you get legal help right away