Drunk driving charges can result in a litany of potential penalties and consequences including criminal penalties and administrative consequences. That is because DUI charges in Kentucky are handled in two different ways including a criminal process an administrative process.
In addition to a potential criminal record, and the impact drunk driving charges can have on a driving record and the accuse individual's driving privileges, drunk driving charges are handled so that accused individuals may face serious legal penalties and other consequences as well which can include driver's license suspension. Criminal penalties can include jail time, the payment of a fine, alcohol counseling requirements and community service hours.
In addition, penalties for drunk driving in Kentucky can increase if there are certain factors present that the criminal court considers aggravating. As a result, it is always important for accused individuals to understand how their criminal defense rights come into play when they have been accused of drunk driving. Criminal defense rights help ensure the accused individual's due process rights were not violated and that authorities followed all procedures required to protect the accused individual's criminal defense rights.
If police violated the accused individual's rights, or the facts and evidence are not as alleged, it is important to know how to develop a strong criminal defense strategy that may be able to mitigate the potential penalties and consequences the accused individual is facing. Those facing the serious upheaval in their lives associated with drunk driving charges should always be familiar with their criminal defense rights and how to assert them.