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Defending You Against DUI And Drug Offense Charges

Driving under the influence, drug possession and trafficking are taken very seriously in Kentucky. If you are charged with a DUI or a drug crime, you need an attorney with a solid track record to help defend your rights and freedoms.

At Nevels & Associates, we fully dedicate ourselves to being there for our clients. We understand how stressful it is to put your trust in someone when your freedom is on the line. We will always show up for you, from the start of your case to the end. We make it a priority to communicate effectively and promptly with our clients. We use our experience and knowledge to build a strong case in your defense. Out of our Covington office, we help clients throughout Northern Kentucky.

DUIs In Kentucky

Getting pulled over and charged with a DUI can be a terrifying experience. If you are a first-time or multiple offender, you may wonder what will happen to you and how to defend against it. At Nevels & Associates, we understand that people make mistakes. We are here to help you move forward.

For first-time offenders, you face a fine of up to $500 and jail time of up to 30 days. However, it is often possible to negotiate community service instead of jail time and a fine. If aggravating circumstances are present, such as driving with a minor in the car, you will have to spend a minimum of four days in jail. With aggravating circumstances, your license may be suspended for 30-120 days, and you may have to attend a state-approved counseling program.

If this isn’t your first offense, you will face more severe consequences in Kentucky. Multiple offenders face increased jail time and fines and may be required to attend a counseling program. Your license will be suspended for 12 to 18 months for a second offense. A third offense leads to a suspension of 24-36 months. The court may also require you to install an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.

The Consequences Of Drug Possession And Trafficking

Getting caught possessing or trafficking an illegal substance in Kentucky leads to serious penalties. The penalties you face depend on the type of substance possessed or trafficked. Kentucky categorizes illegal drugs into different groups and charges crimes according to this classification. For example, possession of Schedule I or II substances, including LSD and methamphetamine, may be charged with a class D felony.

For first-time offenders possessing Schedule I or II substances, you may face presumptive probation if eligible. If you are not eligible, you will have to pay a fine between $1000 and $10,000 and spend one to three years in prison. If caught possessing or selling marijuana, you may face a class B misdemeanor, up to 45 days in jail and a fine of up to $200.

Because the laws surrounding drug possession and trafficking are heavily dependent on the drug type, amount and circumstances, it is vital that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. We will review your case and determine the charges and consequences you may face. We know how harmful the consequences of a conviction can be, and we diligently provide skilled and strong representation to protect your rights.

Protecting Your Future

You don’t have to face DUI or drug charges alone. At Nevels & Associates, we help clients in Northern Kentucky defend against convictions that can hurt their future and livelihood. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation by calling 859-687-8736 or completing an online contact form.