The Jefferson County Attorney's Office has implemented a diversion program for first time DUI offenders. Not every offender is eligible nor is it a program I would recommend to every client. Some clients, because of their drug or alcohol dependency are not suitable candidates.
Briefly, the diversion program mandates that the defendant enter a plea of guilty to the DUI and the case is continued for sentencing. If the client successfully completes the diversion program the DUI charge is dismissed after one year without a formal sentencing.
You must surrender your license for 30 days to the County Attorney's office and agree not to operate a motor vehicle for that 30 day period, The DUI plea, because it is continued for sentencing is not reported to the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. Unless your insurance agent examines your criminal record in addition to the Transportation records, your car insurance rates are not likely to increase.
The Jefferson County Attorney's office in cooperation with Jefferson District Court has developed two Diversion Programs.
This diversion program is designed for first time, teen-aged offenders. This program is designed to address both illegal drinking and impaired driving through intervention and application od resources from the Jefferson County Attorney's Office, the Jefferson County Coroner's Office, and the University of Louisville Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. The goal of the program is to prevent repeat DUI Offenses by education and intervention by the court system without the stigma and collateral consequences of a DUI conviction. The program requires the participants to surrender their license and driving privileges for 30-120 days (to be determined by the program director). The program requires participantes to attend and participate in a 4-hour vicitim impact awareness session ath the Jefferson County Coroner's office. This program includes a:
Presentation by the Jefferson County Coroner
Presentation by a police officer
Testimonial by a victim or a family member of the DUI victim
A tour of the morgue facilities and autopsy room
Participants must also complete an alcohol/chemical assessment program recommended by the KiDD program and provide proof of completion of the intervention program(minimum four hour education sessions).
Pay $200 to the Jefferson County Attorney's Office for the KiDD program and pay a a $60.00 Jefferson County Attorney Administration fee
Attend and submit proof of 10 Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotic Anonymous meetings, including a written summary of each meeting
Participants must not be charged with any new criminal charges while participating in the KiDD program
Offenders are 16-20 years old
The BAC (Blood Alcohol Concentration is .02-.10)
First Time Referral to Kidd
The goal of the program is to reduce recidivism and educate participants as to the dangers of drinking and driving. The prosecutor agrees to dismiss the charges upon successful completion of the program. Participants are eligible to expunge the charges 60 days after the charges are dismissed.
(Information from the Jefferson County Attorney Website)
Each year, the Jefferson County Attorney's Office prosecutes more than 3,200 Driving Under the Influence crimes. Many of these cases involve first-time offenders with no prior criminal records.
In order to heighten awareness of the potentially tragic consequences of drinking and driving, and therefore prevent repeat offenses, the County Attorney's Office has developed the DUI Diversion Program.
A legal screening and NCIC are conducted by the Jefferson County Attorney's Office within 2-3 weeks of the defendant's arraignment to determine eligibility. If defendant is not eligible, the defendant is prosecuted as usual.
If the defendant declines, he/she is prosecuted as usual.
If defendant accepts, he/she:
The guilty plea is set aside and the DUI case is dismissed with a stipulation of probable cause and with an agreement that the dismissal will not be expunged for a period of two years from the date of the defendant's dismissal.
Guilty plea is set aside and the DUI case is dismissed with a stipulation of probable cause and with an agreement that the dismissal will not be expunged for a period of two years from the date of the defendant's dismissal.
DUI Diversion Office is (502) 574-8567
Monday - Friday: 8AM - 5PM