DUI Attorney in Jackson, Kentucky
In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious offense that is often punished severely. A DUI charge can have devastating, immediate, and long-term implications on your quality of life, personal reputation, liberty, professional, and future opportunities. With your driving privileges and future on the line, it is natural to feel overwhelmed and helpless.
If you've been arrested and charged with a DUI, retaining a highly-skilled Kentucky criminal defense attorney is crucial for detailed guidance and to help build your defense. At the Law Office of Patrick E. O'Neill, PSC, we are dedicated to offering knowledgeable legal guidance and strong representation to clients facing DUI charges.
As your legal counsel, I can evaluate and investigate all of the surrounding detail of your case thoroughly and strategize a strong defense to help fight your DUI charges. Using my extensive knowledge, I will fight aggressively to uphold your legal rights and keep your driving record as clean as possible.
My firm – the Law Office of Patrick E. O'Neill, PSC – proudly serves clients across Jackson, Kentucky, and surrounding areas of Stanton, West Liberty, Beattyville, Campton, and Booneville.
DUI Charges in Kentucky
Under Kentucky DUI laws, motorists are prohibited from driving or being in physical control of a motor vehicle:
While under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances, or a combination of both, which impairs the person's ability to drive
With a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least 0.08% (0.04% or more for commercial drivers)
With any amount of illicit substances, such as cocaine and methamphetamine, in their blood
However, you don't have to be driving to get a DUI in Kentucky. You may be arrested or indicted for DUI for just being in actual physical control of the car. An experienced attorney can enlighten you about your rights with DUI tests when pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving.
DUI Tests and Your Rights
On suspicion of drunk driving in Kentucky, the law enforcement officer may pull your vehicle over and ask you to take a chemical test or field sobriety test. Under Kentucky laws, you're not required to submit to a field sobriety test. There are no consequences for refusal.
Conversely, Kentucky's implied consent law makes it compulsory for any driver in the state to agree to a chemical test – breath or blood alcohol test – based on the lawful request of an officer. Refusing to take a chemical test may result in license suspension and other administrative penalties.
The consequences of a drunk driving conviction in Kentucky can be devastating. Depending on your number of prior convictions and other surrounding circumstances, the potential penalties for a DUI offense include:
Huge fines and court fees
License suspension or revocation
Mandatory attendance at a substance abuse program
An ignition interlock device
Other consequences include:
A criminal record/history
Deterioration of professional relationships
Increased difficulty in securing government assistance and public benefits
Ineligibility to obtain certain financial loans
Increased difficulty in securing housing or employment opportunities.
Increased auto insurance rates
Loss of your rights to own, possess, or carry firearms
Loss of scholarships or university acceptance
An experienced Kentucky DUI defense attorney can fight diligently to protect your driving privileges and help you avoid the severe punishment and ramifications of a drunk driving conviction.
How Legal Counsel Can Help
Trying to defend your drunk driving allegations without reliable representation could increase your risks of getting convicted and suffering the maximum penalties. If convicted, you could face massive fines, lengthy jail time, a criminal record, license suspension, increased insurance premiums, and other far-reaching consequences. Therefore, when facing DUI charges, you need to retain a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney for proper guidance and to help determine your best defenses.
At the Law Office of Patrick E. O'Neill, PSC, I have the expertise and resources to guide and defend individuals wrongfully accused of driving while under the influence. Using my in-depth legal understanding, I can help you navigate the Kentucky judicial system and represent you vigorously at the DUI court. I will keep fighting on your side to strive to protect your best interests, refute the charges against you with factual evidence, and improve your chances of a brighter tomorrow.
Serving Jackson, Kentucky
If you're facing drunk driving charges, don't face them alone. Contact my firm – the Law Office of Patrick E. O'Neill, PSC – today to schedule a simple case assessment. I can offer you the aggressive representation and comprehensive legal counsel you need to fight your DUI charges. My firm is proud to serve clients across. My firm proudly serves clients across Jackson, Stanton, West Liberty, Beattyville, Campton, and Booneville, Kentucky.