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Kentucky Supreme Court Upholds 10 Year Look-back on DUI

Posted on October 3, 2017 in DUI

In June, 2016 the Kentucky legislature changed the DUI look-back period from 5 to 10 years.  The look-back period is the time that a Defendant will have the charge remaining on his record and is subject to greater and enhanced penalties for a second or subsequent offense.   This was challenged by a large number of defendants, primarily because they had been told after a finding of guilt that it would result in a 2nd DUI if they got another one within the next 5 years.  Additionally, the plea agreements were for anyone pleading guilty, specifically advised the defendant that a 2nd offense within 5 years would result in greater penalties.

Not surprising, the trial courts were greatly divided on how to handle a second offense if the first was more than 5 but less than 10 years prior.  The appeals courts were similarly divided.  Somewhat surprising, the Kentucky Supreme Court was unanimous in their holding that the 10- year look-back is constitutional and not a violation of the rights of the Defendant.

As you may imagine, there are many criminal defendants that are not happy about the ruling and subject to greater penalties, including higher fines, longer suspension of license and mandatory jail time.  This new 10 year look back period increases the need for criminal representation and exploring possible defenses to DUI charges; whether first, second or multiple offense.

If you have questions or need a consultation, contact Michael Bouldin for DUI defense in Northern Kentucky Michael Bouldin has been handling DUI cases for over 23 years.  Call Mike at 859-581-6453 (581-MIKE) or email mike@bouldinlawfirm.com.

How to Defend a DUI?

Posted on September 23, 2017 in DUI State Crimes in Northern Kentucky

I had another Not Guilty day this past week with a client, and often  my friends ask, “How do you win such a case.”  The answer is both simple and not so much so.

First, as an attorney that likes to try cases, the chances of a not guilty are greatly increased if you take many cases to trial.  My rule of thumb is:  if the prosecution is not offering anything, why not take the case to trial? Many DUI/OVI cases have a standard offer from the prosecution.

The send rule is: if the case is triable, don’t be afraid to take it to trial.  A triable case is discretionary, but the general rule is this:

  1. If the video looks good, consider a trial.
  2. If the BAC is under .10, look at facts and think if trial may result in not guilty.
  3. If the BAC is under .08, always consider a trial unless the plea is to a lesser charge.
  4. If the defendant passes 2-3 of the 4-6 field sobriety tests, a trial may be in order.
  5. If the BAC is over the high tier limit (.15 in KY or .17 in OH), only plea if the offer includes removal of the high tier consideration.  *Not always, if the BAC is over .20, a plea may still be considered.

These are not hard and fast rules and every case is different.  The value of an experienced DUI defense attorney is invaluable when determining how to proceed.  For consultation with an attorney with over 22 years experience defending DUI charges in Boone, Campbell or Kenton County, or OVI in Cincinnati, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email mike@bouldinlawfirm.com.

 

Not Guilty

Posted on July 3, 2017 in DUI

As Jay Z says, Y’all got to feel me!!

While I wasn’t particularly thrilled with a late afternoon trial to end this July 3 before the holiday break, I could not be happier with the result of a not guilty DUI verdict in Campbell Countu District Court.

I will soon get a testimonial from said client, his thanks was a great way to head into the holiday.

Clients are sometimes afraid of a bench or jury trial, especially if they’re ate a also other charges pending. In this case, the client was also acquitted of resisting arrest (although convicted of the lesser disorderly conduct charge)

If you have a good case, don’t be afraid of a trial. For consultation on northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-MIKE (581-6453) or email Mike@Bouldin LawFirm.com.

 

 

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Need Help for Arrest?

Posted on February 15, 2017 in General Criminal Law Issues - Northern KY

HELP, I GOT ARRESTED.  These are often the first words out of the mouth of a person facing their first criminal charge.  WHAT DO I DO NOW?  This may be for a DUI, drunk and disorderly, intoxication, or other charges that are probably out of character for the defendant.  This can be a benefit to the defense and help with negotiating a favorable resolution.

If you made a mistake, do not compound it by making a second mistake of trying to handle it yourself.  Most cases will get a much better resolution with the aid of an attorney.  An attorney can walk you through the steps and tell you what to expect.  The attorney also has direct access to the prosecutor and can discuss your case in private and often outside of the courtroom.  Most often, prosecutors will not do this with unrepresented defendants.

The attorney also knows what should be expected from your case based on similar and past experiences.  For example, if this is your first misdemeanor and it is non-violent and fits certain parameters, the attorney may be able to get you into a diversion program.  A diversion program generally allows the defendant to have the case ultimately dismissed and expunged from their criminal record.  There may also be other programs or options available for resolution.

Diversion programs vary by state and the program differs significantly whether the charges are a misdemeanor or a felony.  Your attorney can discuss what will be expected as well as the costs and time considerations for the program.

If you have been charged, hire a lawyer who is experienced in criminal defense and/or DUI defense.  For more information on your charge, visit by website @ link.  For consultation or representation in Northern Kentucky, call Bouldin Law Firm and schedule an appointment with Michael Bouldin.  Call 859-581-6453 or email mike@bouldinlawfirm.com.

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What is DUI Aggravator?

Posted on January 24, 2017 in DUI General Criminal Law Issues - Northern KY

Kentucky DUI law, as stated in KRS 189A.010, outlines certain criteria (referred to as aggravators) that increase the mandatory penalties for a DUI conviction.

Those criteria are identified as aggravators.  The follow are those criteria or “aggravating circumstances” that increase the jail sentence if convicted:

  1. Refusal of request for testing breath, blood or urine;
  2. Having a blood alcohol level over .15;
  3. Having an accident with death or serious physical injury;
  4. Going the wrong way on a limited access highway;
  5. Driving over 30 miles per hour above the speed limit; or
  6. Having a child under the age of 12 in the vehicle.

There are six (6) criteria that mandate the increased penalties.  (see KRS 189A.010(11))  Those penalties only affect the jail sentence associated with the DUI.  For a first offense, the minimum jail sentence is 0 days but with an aggravator, there is a minimum 4 day sentence. Second offense within 10 years carries a minimum jail sentence of 7 days and 14 if aggravated.  Third offense within 10 years has minimum 30 days incarceration and that doubles to 60 days if an aggravating circumstance exists. Fourth offense within 10 years is a felony, but 120 days in jail is the minimum which doubles if aggravated.

If you have been charged with a DUI, you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney.  For consultation in Boone, Campbell or Kenton county, call the Bouldin Law Firm at 859-581-6456.  Contact Mike Bouldin at 581-MIKE or email at mwbouldin2@gmail.com.

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Lawyer for DUI Trial

Posted on January 24, 2017 in DUI

If you are looking for a lawyer with DUI trial experience in Northern Kentucky, there are a few good men to report.

Having been a trial attorney for over 20 years in Northern Kentucky, I often have the opportunity to see others at work.  Kentukcy law prohibits the term “best attorney” so here is my list of top attorneys in the area. Northern Kentucky counties of Boone, Campbell and Kenton are fortunate to have a number of experienced and very good attorneys who practice DUI defense.

For my dollar the top DUI attorneys include those retired: W. Robert Lotz, Dick Slukich, and Burr Travis; the elder statesmen Wil Zevely, Harry Hellings, Ed Drennen and Jon Alig; my contemporaries include Tim Schneider, Chris Jackson and Paul Dickman; and the younger group includes Ryan Beck. There are also a few Cincinnati attorneys that occasionally cross the river from Cincinnati and do a decent job, including: Steve Adams, Joe Suhre and Kelly Farrish (*Kelly’s not licensed in Kentucky).

A good attorney can advise when you should plead, when you should file a motion, when you should proceed to trial and whether that trial should be with a judge or a jury.

If you have questions and are looking for a DUI defense attorney with significant trial experience, call the Bouldin Law Firm and discuss your case with Michael Bouldin.  For consultation, email at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com or call 859-581-6453.

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DUI Last Night? Court tomorrow?

Posted on January 1, 2017 in DUI

If you got arrested for DUI last night or early this morning, you probably have court tomorrow (or Tuesday) If you want to talk to an attorney before then, email me at mwbouldin2@gmail.com. Bouldin Law Firm of Mike Bouldin and Kris Nevels can help!

Serving Northern Kentucky primarily in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

Don’t start 2017 in court without an attorney. Email now. mwbouldin2@gmail.com.

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Give Legal Services – Best Gift Ever!

Posted on November 24, 2016 in DUI General Criminal Law Issues - Northern KY

What’s the best gift you could give a loved one or adult child?  How about defense off their pending DUI, assault or other criminal case?

Many people have trouble paying legal fees associated with DUI our expungement. This is especially true with contested cases or people on a fixed budget. You can help!

Hire an attorney to guide them and file for the process. If they have an attorney, contribute to their fees. A phone call from a relative with even a small payment reminds the attorney of three case and that there see others who care about the outcome.

In northern Kentucky call or email Michael Bouldin. Call 581-MIKE and schedule an appointment for yourself or a loved one.  For immediate response, email Mike at Mwbouldin2@gmail.com.

 

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Help, I Don’t Want To Plead Guilty!

Posted on November 14, 2016 in General Criminal Law Issues - Northern KY

As a trial attorney for over 20 years I receive at least a few calls each year from defendants who have been charged and their attorney is recommending that they plead guilty.  Often these defendants even say, “My attorney wants me to plead guilty” or “My attorney is making me plead guilty.”  The worst is, “My attorney made me plea.”

First, no attorney can MAKE a defendant plead guilty to anything.  The job of the attorney is to take any potential negotiated deal to the client and the client makes the choice of whether to accept or reject the plea offer.  When you stand in front of the judge and he asks your plea, in nearly every case the defendant is required to answer. At that one juncture, your attorney can seldom speak on your behalf.

If you are unhappy with the advice of your attorney, you are free to change attorneys.  You have the right to an attorney and to hire an attorney of your choosing.  If you cannot afford an attorney, the state is required to appoint you an attorney, referred to as a public advocate or public defender.  If you request a public defender, you do not get to pick that attorney.  However, you can fire that attorney and hire an attorney of your own.  If your hired or appointed counsel is pushing a plea or does not want to take the case to trial, ask him/her why.  

Different attorneys charge varying rates for criminal defense, and DUI/OVI is no different.  Most criminal defense attorneys charge an initial retainer and may have additional fee if the case proceeds to trial.  If your case is already set for trial, the new attorney may ask for a continuance.  The granting of the continuance is in the discretion of the court.  Many attorneys will not jump into a case without a more substantial retainer if the case is already set for trial.  An experienced and local attorney will know which judge(s) may allow for a continuance and which will mandate that the case proceeds to trial on the selected date.

If you do not want to plead guilty, DON’T.  You have the right to a trial and the right to have a jury hear the evidence.  If your case is defensible, pick an attorney that can present that defense and has a history of trying cases to a jury.  For a consultation in Northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at mwbouldin2@gmail.com.  Call Mike at 581-MIKE.

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Who Takes DUI Case to Jury?

Posted on October 5, 2016 in DUI

I do.  As an attorney practicing DUI and criminal defense in Northern Kentucky for over 21 years, I have experience to handle your DUI defense.  This may include taking the case to a trial, whether a trial to the Judge or a trial to a jury.  Often times people are fearful of juries.  While a jury does have the ability to make recommendations tot he Judge regarding sentence, my finding is that juries tend to sentence about the same as most courts.

A DUI conviction stays on your record for ten (that’s right, 10) years.  If you have a defense, you should consider exercising all of your rights before you plead guilty.

If a case is a close call – say you fail 4 of 6 field tests but there is no bad driving. The jury may acquit or may convict.  A lot depends on how well the officer testifies and how well the defense attorney cross examines that testimony.  Whether there is a video is also a factor.  If there is no video, an attorney  may point out why the officer fails to videotape the encounter.  If there is, that video will provide the best evidence regardless of the testimony of the officer.

Any attorney who regularly tries cases has wins and losses.  It is an unfair question to ask, and often very unrealistic, to believe that there are attorneys who do not lose.  That is TV.  Real attorneys take cases to trial, some of which are difficult if not impossible to win.  Even hopeless cases have a chance of acquittal.  Many attorneys claim a “win” as anything as good or better than the offer by the prosecution.  That would allow for a DUI conviction where the person is charged with DUI, so long as the sentence is not worse with a trial than a plea.

For example, I was recently involved with a DUI jury trial wherein my client blew over .10, which is obviously over the .08 legal limit.  According to the testimony of the officer, the client also failed all 6 of the 6 field sobriety tests.  It was still a triable case as the video did now show that the field tests were as bad as the officer testified.  While unfortunately the jury did convict, they suggested the minimum sentence of $200 fine and no (0) jail time.  My client had his day in court and, moreover, was none the worse for taking the case to a jury trial.

If you want to discuss a DUI charge and possibility of taking the case to a bench or jury trial, contact an attorney who regularly handles these types of cases.  In Northern Kentucky, call Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com.  Call 581-MIKE today.

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