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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.

Drunk driving defense requires attention to the details

If you have watched an episode of the television series, "Cops," you have probably seen many examples of how police officers stop and arrest people for drunk driving. It can be easy to conclude from such a limited sample that drunk driving cases are straightforward matters which are easy for prosecutors to reach a conviction. But our practical experience in defending clients against DUI and DWI charges shows that this is often not the case.

Proving drunk driving: What do the numbers really mean?

Ask motorists in Bowling Green, Kentucky, to describe the significance of the number 0.08, and most of them will probably tell you that it represents the legal limit for driving while intoxicated in Kentucky. Not as clear in the minds of many people is how a blood alcohol content level of 0.08 percent works as evidence against a driver facing a DUI charge.

Connection between Kentucky legal limit and breath test refusal

Prosecutors in Kentucky have the upper hand in proving a DUI charge thanks to the addition of an illegal per se clause in the state's drunk driving laws. If a motorist is stopped by police and charged with driving while intoxicated, evidence that the driver's blood alcohol content level was 0.08 percent or higher is sufficient for prosecutors to obtain a conviction without any additional proof that the individual's driving abilities were affected.

It may look like drunk driving, but is it?

Law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and courts throughout Kentucky do not take drunk driving charges lightly. Those charged and convicted of driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence may face fines, license suspension and other penalties. An important point to bear in mind is that a DUI charge is not the same as a conviction. Charges are just allegations until they are proven in court or until a person pleads guilty to them.

What happens during a field sobriety test in Kentucky?

A Bowling Green motorist who has the misfortune of being stopped by a police officer on suspicion of driving while intoxicated might be asked to submit to a field sobriety test. The purpose of the test is to provide the officer with the probable cause needed to take a driver into custody on drunk driving charges.

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