An Elizabethtown man may face up to 20 years in prison after a Hardin Circuit Court jury sentenced him for his fifth DUI conviction in eight years. The sentence clearly reflects the community's attitude toward those who repeatedly get behind the wheel after drinking, and the message is hard to miss.
While the man will be eligible for parole after serving at least four years of his sentence, it is still illustrates very plainly that Kentucky does not consider repeat DUI offenses to be a small matter.
If you face DUI charges, even if it is your first one, it is very important to get the best legal defense that you can get. Anyone can make a foolish mistake, and there is no need to jeopardize your future on account of making an unwise choice.
However, if you already have one or more DUI convictions under your belt, you must understand that Kentucky is obviously willing to hand out very strict punishments, like the one handed to this man. If you continue to drink before getting behind the wheel, you too could end up sentenced to 20 years behind bars. It is much wiser to seek out the help you need to confront the core issues behind repeated drunk driving than to place your fate in the hands of a jury.
If you recently received a DUI, whether it's your first or the merely the latest, you must seek out the best legal defense you can find. A strong, experienced attorney can help ensure that your rights remain secure as you fight to protect your freedom and your future.