No one is perfect. Sometimes good people make the mistake of driving after having too much to drink. Unfortunately, such conduct can result in an arrest and criminal charges. Kentucky takes a tough stance against driving under the influence of alcohol because of the increased risk of injury and death when an intoxicated person takes the wheel. You may be facing jail time, hundreds of dollars in fines and fees, a permanent criminal record, the suspension of your driver’s license, and disqualification from employment prospects. In such a situation it is important to understand that you have options. By contacting an experienced criminal defense lawyer you help to ensure that your rights are fully protected. Will Corrigan is a Louisville DUI attorney who aggressively protects the interests of his clients. We will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Louisville lawyer representing those charged with driving under the influence of alcohol
Kentucky strictly penalizes those who drive under the influence of alcohol. A person over the age of twenty one will be presumed to be driving under the influence if they are “over the legal limit” with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or more. A first offense can result in a jail sentence of up to thirty days and a fine of $200-$500. A second offense can result in a sentence of seven days to six months and a fine of $350 to $500. A third charge results in a thirty day minimum sentence with the maximum time of incarceration being one year. This is in addition to a fine of up to $1,000. A fourth arrest will result in Class D felony charges which carry a minimum sentence of one year. There are also aggravating factual circumstances that increase minimum required jail time and fines. This is in addition to the suspension of one’s license, the requirement to attend alcohol classes, and the required installation of an ignition interlock device as a condition to keep one’s driving privileges. A conviction also means that criminal record for at least the next ten years.
How a DUI case begins will depend on whether one is charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. If the matter is a misdemeanor then the case will be handled in the District Court. If the matter is a felony then an Indictment will be issued and the case will proceed in the Circuit Court. Drunk driving cases sometimes involve situations in which law enforcement stopped the vehicle or arrest someone without reasonable suspicion or probable cause to do so. Such a stop or arrest may violate the Fourth Amendment and can lead to a possible dismissal of the charges. Also, it is the state’s burden to show that all blood and breathalyzer tests were properly conducted and that all evidence of the offense were properly preserved. Failure of the state to properly handle collection of the evidence can sometimes lead to a dismissal. These are just some of the reasons why DUI cases can be highly complicated. It is important that you retain an experienced attorney if you have been arrested.
Will Corrigan is a Louisville lawyer representing those who have been arrested for driving under the influence. Once retained he will immediately acquire the police reports, blood or breath test results, and any police videos. If the defendant is still in custody, we will demand a bond reduction hearing. If Will believes that the police violated your rights when they stopped your vehicle or arrested you then our office will quickly file a Motion to Suppress with the Court. He will aggressively cross-examine the officers at the evidentiary hearing. We will also take the necessary steps to challenge the admission of the blood or breath test results. If a dismissal cannot be obtained then our firm will take the steps necessary to gain you the best resolution possible or else take the case to trial. Will understands that a DUI can have a devastating impact on one’s life. Our office is ready to assist you.
Criminal defense attorney assisting Louisville residents charged with felony DUI
Being charged with a DUI can be difficult enough. If you are charged with a felony then you are facing prison time and extreme challenges to your future. You need an attorney who will give your case the attention it deserves. Will prides himself on providing Louisville residents with the highest level of representation while offering a high level of service. This service includes providing his personal cell phone number, promptly responding to messages and emails, and making himself available to answer your questions. We take pride in the service we provide and this is our promise to each of our clients.