What is a 'Repeat Offender' under Kentucky DUI law?

"Repeat offender" status for DUI cases is determined in Kentucky based upon a five­ year "lookback" period. This status is used for purposes of increased mandatory minimum punishment. This "lookback" period has nothing to do with how long a DUI remains on your record. Whenever the 5­ year "lookback" period is discussed, the method of counting is from THE DATE OF ARREST for the previous DUI offense (not the disposition or plea date) to the DATE OF ARREST in the current case, and to determine if more than five years have expired. The counting of "first", "second", offense etc., relates to the number of offenses within the 5­ year "look­back" period. This determines the minimum mandatory punishment.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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