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As any experienced DUI lawyer can tell you, dealing with a DUI charge frightens and frustrates most people. Furthermore, a DUI conviction injures a person’s reputation as well as their finances. Law enforcement officers work hard to keep impaired drivers off the road. However, police officers do make unlawful stops and wrongful DUI arrests. That is why it is important to have an experienced DUI lawyer by your side when your day in court arrives.
Kentucky DUI: What to Expect
Stage One: Traffic Stop
Police Officers stop cars for a variety of reasons. Some common examples are speeding, no headlights, expired vehicle registration, and other moving violations. Once the officer starts the traffic stop, he will usually come to your window and ask for license, registration, and proof of insurance. He or she usually asks some questions such as where you are heading, where you are coming from, etc. If the officer asks if you been drinking tonight, then it is likely that he will proceed to stage two.
Stage Two: Field Sobriety Tests
The officer may then ask you to participate in some tests to determine whether you are over the legal limit. You can refuse these tests (Please call my office at 502-509-2055 so we can discuss the consequences of refusal v. compliance). The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has three tests which are used to detect impairment in drivers. They are:
Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN):
The officer will ask you to follow a light or a finger while keeping your head perfectly still. The officer is looking for involuntary jerking of your eyes as they gaze toward the side.
Walk & Turn (WAT):
The officer will ask you to walk heel-to-toe on a line. The officer is looking for your ability to balance and have divided attention.
One-Legged Stand (OLS):
The officer will ask you to stand on one leg for 30 seconds. The officer is looking for your ability to balance, coordinate and have divided attention.
Stage Three: Breath Tests
The officer will usually then ask you to blow into a handheld device for a preliminary breath test. After the preliminary breath test detects the presence of alcohol then the officer will usually arrest you, take you to the police station or jail and ask you to blow one more time into a larger device for a breathalyzer test.
Stage Four: Court
After you are sober, you will usually be released from jail and be given a court date. At this first court appearance (called an arraignment) you will be advised of your right to counsel and asked if you would like the opportunity to hire your own lawyer. If you do not have money to hire a lawyer, you may ask for a public defender (Please click here to learn more). From there, you will usually be given another court date.
Stage Five: Free Consultation- Call 502-509-2055
At your free consultation, I will go over your case in detail and answer any questions you have. I am an experienced DUI lawyer and I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of the process from start to finish. At your consultation, I will share this knowledge with you so that you can rest assured that you are in good hands.
No two DUI cases are the same and case results depend on a variety of factors. Possible outcomes we can discuss include:
- Dismissing of the DUI charge
- Amending the DUI charge down
- Dismissing of other charges
- Dismissing of DUI Aggravators (which carry mandatory jail time)
I offer free consultations in person, by phone, or via videoconferencing on Skype/Viber/Facetime. I answer calls 24/7. Please do not hesitate to contact me by calling 502-509-2055.