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Can you get a DUI without the 'D?'

You leave a party or a bar, get in your car and then realize that you're in no condition to drive because you've had too much to drink. You decide to stay in your car and sleep it off or wait for a friend or family member to pick you up. That's the prudent thing to do, right? You have to do more than that if you don't want to risk being charged with a DUI.

Crystalline alcohol could lead to drunk driving charges

At least one manufacturer has a product idea that is drawing the attention of government officials in Kentucky for all of the wrong reasons. As law enforcement and prosecutors get ready for an increase in drunk driving charges during the holidays, state legislators will have a new law on their desks to vote on when 2016 rolls around to ban the use, sale or possession of powdered or crystalline alcohol.

How illegal per se in Kentucky can affect your DUI charge

It is no secret that Kentucky takes driving while intoxicated offenses seriously. Conviction of a DUI charge can cost you money in fines, put you in jail and result in a license suspension. Penalties are even harsher for repeat offenders who may also be forced to give up the license plates on the vehicles they own and be restricted to only driving vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device that prevents a car from starting if alcohol is detected on the breath of the driver.

Kentucky has tough penalties for a breath test refusal

Police, prosecutors and judges are serious about drunk driving charges throughout Kentucky. Their efforts are supported by laws authorizing tough penalties including license suspension, fines, imprisonment, and mandatory alcohol and drug assessment.

There are multiple ways to defend you against DUI charges

Kentucky law can be quite harsh when it comes to charges of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. But before you can be penalized for drunk driving you need to be convicted first, it is incumbent on the prosecution in any such case to see to it that the accused's legal rights are respected. Part of this respect is based in the federal and state constitutional protections against things like unreasonable searches and seizures, the right to gather evidence and to present witnesses in defense, to cross-examine prosecution witnesses, and more.

How will aggravating circumstances affect my DUI charge?

The consequences of being stopped by the police in Bowling Green and charged with drunk driving charges can be enormous. Besides the fines, jail time and license suspension that state law authorizes for a conviction, additional penalties may be imposed if prosecutors prove that aggravating circumstances existed at the time of the violation.

Multiple offenses start with a drunk driving charge

It is not unusual for police to stop someone on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, but the final result is an arrest on multiple offenses. This is what happened recently when Kentucky State Police stopped a woman on suspicion of drunk driving. The DUI charge was soon joined by endangering the welfare of a minor because of her 16-month-old charge being in the vehicle and other charges related to syringes found the woman is claimed to have had in her possession.

What are "aggravating circumstances" in a Kentucky DUI arrest?

Drunk driving and cigarette smoking have at least one thing in common: there has over the past decades been enough publicity about their dangers that it is hard to find anyone who does not know that either is a bad idea. But for a variety of reasons some people still smoke, and some still get behind the wheel when they have had a few too many drinks. When it comes to drunk driving arrests, though, Kentucky law provides for situations when being charged with DUI can be an especially bad thing to have happen to you. These are known as "aggravating circumstances."

Powdered alcohol: what it is, and how Tennessee law views it

A new formulation of alcohol in powdered form has recently been approved by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. What this will mean when it comes to state laws governing driving while under the influence of alcohol remains to be fully understood, but some states, including Tennessee, are already enacting legislation to restrict or even to prohibit the sale of the new product.

How can drunk driving charges affect my license to drive?

Being charged with driving while intoxicated in Bowling Green, Kentucky, can have a serious effect on your lifestyle. Besides the fines and imprisonment that judges are authorized to impose if you are convicted of the charges, you can also lose your ability to operate a motor vehicle. If you drive a truck for a living, you could lose your ability to earn a living for up to a year because the state will take away your commercial license to drive.

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