Answering All Of Your DUI Questions

Aldridge & Aldridge Law Firm commonly hears questions about DUI charges in Kentucky and what our attorneys may be able to do to help. We'd like to help by answering some of those questions here in our DUI FAQ. If you have more specific questions about your particular case, our attorneys can arrange a free, confidential consultation to discuss how we may be able to help.

Why should I retain a lawyer for a DUI charge?

An experienced DUI attorney can pursue several strategic angles that may result in the charges against you being dropped, defeated or reduced. Our attorneys will carefully investigate the circumstances surrounding your being pulled over, given sobriety tests and arrested. If we discover any inappropriate actions on behalf of police, we may be able to defeat the charges. Other strategic tactics used by a skilled attorney in our office involve motion filing and legal procedure.

How might you defeat the charges?

A common question in criminal law cases is how the police obtained evidence of the crime. The Constitution of the United States puts important limitations on the actions of police and other government officers. The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution protects you from unreasonable searches and seizures. A search occurs whenever a police officer examines your person, possessions, vehicle or home to obtain information. A search may be conducted only if an officer reasonably expects to find evidence of a crime. In the case of a DUI, the important questions are whether the officer had sufficient grounds to stop the driver's vehicle and sufficient grounds to administer sobriety tests. We will investigate your case and exploit any weakness in the police's actions.

What happens if I am found guilty of driving under the influence?

A conviction for driving under the influence (DUI) has serious consequences in Kentucky. For many people, the hardest consequence is the suspension or revocation of your driver's license. It can make life particularly difficult if you rely on your vehicle to get to work. Fines and jail time may also attach to a DUI conviction. The length and duration of the penalties become more severe if it is your second, third or fourth DUI conviction. But DUI is actually one of the areas of law where a skilled attorney may be able to defeat the charges and save you from incurring penalties.

What is an "aggravated" DUI?

You are charged with aggravated DUI if your episode entailed other undesirable conditions beyond driving while intoxicated. Aggravating circumstances include:

  • Driving 30 mph over the speed limit
  • Transporting a child under the age of 12
  • Driving in the wrong direction
  • Causing a fatal or serious accident
  • Refusing a sobriety test
  • Having a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .18 percent or higher two hours after operating the vehicle

What are the consequences of an aggravated DUI?

If aggravating conditions were present, then the consequences of a drunk driving conviction become more severe. The length of a jail term becomes significantly longer, as a court is likely to issue sentences toward the maximum range of allowable limits when aggravating circumstances are present. It is important to retain representation by one of our skilled attorneys if you are charged with aggravating conditions. We know how to fight the charges and may be able to get the aggravating conditions dropped.

How do I retain the services of your Kentucky DUI law firm?

Call our Elizabethtown office at 502-855-7600, or contact us online. You can arrange an appointment to meet with us to discuss how we may be able to help. After you tell us about your case, we will explain your legal options and what we can do. The initial consultation is free and confidential, even if you decide not to retain us.