A DUI conviction can be entered as a misdemeanor or a felony. A DUI conviction in Kentucky can carry criminal penalties such as fines, incarceration or community service as well as financial repercussions in the form of significantly higher insurance rates.
In Kentucky, all convictions stay on the operator's driving history for five years. If the driver has a commercial driver's license (CDL), the conviction will stay on his record for 10 years.
A DUI conviction will stay on a Kentucky criminal history forever unless the defendant has the record expunged. Only certain convictions qualify for expungement in Kentucky including some DUI convictions. If the record is expunged, it will not appear on a criminal history or background check.
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