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  • How to Appeal a DUI Verdict

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 11-Jan-2018

    Because error is a human quality, there’s a chance your judge or jury may have made a mistake when reviewing the evidence in your case or when issuing your sentence if you’ve been found guilty of driving under the influence. It happens more often than you may think as well: errors in judgement that allow illegal evidence to sway the court or judgements made via misinterpretations of ...
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  • Field Sobriety Tests - 3 Things You Didn't Know

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 8-Jan-2018

    Field sobriety tests are used to determine if a driver is impaired by drugs or alcohol. However, criticism has risen against their use and effectiveness, and many people are not aware of the facts behind these tests. Even a simple mistake while taking one may lead to an accusation of drunk driving. If you are pulled over and instructed to complete a field sobriety test, there are 3 things you need ...
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  • Can I Get a DUI in a Parked Car?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 29-Dec-2017

    You’ve had too much to drink and your phone’s dead. You drove to the bar, but there’s no way you can drive home and all of your friends have left. You decide to get in your car and sleep it off. Suddenly, you wake up to the sound of knocking on your window, accompanied by a flash of red and blue lights. It’s the police and they want to talk to you. Should you be afraid of ...
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  • What Happens if You Are Arrested for a DUI in Another State?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 20-Dec-2017

    You’re on holiday in another state and you’re driving back to the hotel after dinner and drinks. A police officer pulls you over for not stopping properly at a stop sign and they smell alcohol on your breath. Even a couple of glasses of wine can put your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit. You are arrested for a DUI, but you’re out-of-state. What happens ...
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  • Can I Be Charged with a DUI if I Had Open Bottles in my Car?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 27-Nov-2017

    Connecticut is one of only eight states that allows car passengers to drink from an open container of alcohol while on the road, but a driver absolutely cannot. What happens if you, as the driver, are pulled over and the police find open bottles and cans of alcohol all around your car? Can you get a DUI? No, you cannot be charged with a DUI simply for having open containers of alcohol in your car. ...
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  • Can You Be Charged with Marijuana DUI if You Have a Prescription?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 21-Nov-2017

    Many drivers in Connecticut may be unaware they can be convicted of driving under the influence without drinking a sip of alcohol. We’re talking about driving under the influence of drugs…more specifically marijuana. You can be arrested for driving while under the influence of marijuana, but what if you have a legal prescription? Marijuana DUI with a Prescription Driving under the ...
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  • Is My DUI Public Record in Connecticut?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 15-Nov-2017

    What Is Public Record? Criminal court records, which provide a detailed record of all court proceedings and all components of a case, are public record. A criminal record may include arrests, pending charges, dismissed charges and acquitted charges. If you are charged with, tried for, or convicted of driving while under the influence, a record of the court proceedings and final outcome will be ...
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  • Challenging Chemical Test Results

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 26-Oct-2017

    Can I Challenge Chemical Test Results? Yes. Blood, breath, and urine testing plays a significant role in scientifically determining whether or not an individual is guilty of driving under the influence. Chemical test results are heavily relied upon by prosecution and treated as hard evidence. However, as the defendant in a DUI case, you have the right to challenge the results and accuracy of such ...
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  • Do I Need a DUI Lawyer if I Was Barely over the Legal Limit?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 20-Oct-2017

    Across the United States, over a million people are arrested every year for driving under the influence. Given how common a DUI arrest is, it’s easy to understand why the legal process is “streamlined” by police officers more interested in ensuring a speedy conviction than a thorough defense and fair trial for you. Even if you were sleeping in your car or barely over the legal ...
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  • All You Need to Know About DMV Hearings

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 12-Oct-2017

    After you are arrested for driving under the influence, there are two scenarios that generally occur. If you refuse to take a blood, breath, or urine test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) level, your license will be automatically revoked for 24 hours and a report will be submitted to the DMV, including documentation of your refusal. If you do comply with law enforcement and complete a ...
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  • Will I Lose My CDL If I Get a DUI?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 19-Sep-2017

    Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol could get you arrested in the state of Connecticut if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08%. However, if you are a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver, you can get arrested with a BAC of 0.04%. Penalties for DUIs are fairly severe, mostly as a deterrent for repeat offenses. As a commercial driver, you will likely face even more ...
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  • What You Should Know About DUIs & Employment Background Checks

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 12-Sep-2017

    More employers have been using background checks as a means to filter out anyone they may feel won’t be a desirable employee. If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, a potential employer will be able to see it if they conduct a background check as part of your application. Some companies may not care about a DUI conviction in particular, but others will ...
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  • DUIs & Improperly Obtained Evidence

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 5-Sep-2017

    Driving under the influence (DUI) charges are punished rather severely in most states. Some people face jail time, while others can lose the right to drive. If you were arrested for a DUI, the arresting officers were under a duty of care to perform certain actions in processing your case. One of the defenses for a DUI charge is improperly obtained evidence. A skilled DUI attorney will be looking ...
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  • Answers to Common Questions About Ignition Interlock Devices

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 26-Apr-2017

    In Connecticut, if a driver has had their license suspended for refusing or failing a chemical alcohol test, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, vehicular assault, or vehicular manslaughter, they will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on their vehicle before they can have their license reinstated. Below are some of the most frequently asked ...
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  • Repeat Offender Laws in Connecticut

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 13-Mar-2017

    Eight types of offenders will receive enhanced sentences under repeat offender laws: Susan Pice writes about the CT Persistent Offender Laws. In the Summary of a research article that was published as an OLR Research Report on August 30, 2007, she writes in her Summary as follows: Persistent offender laws are generally intended to combat recidivism by enhancing penalties for defendants who ...
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  • Can DUIs Be Felonies in Connecticut?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 27-Feb-2017

    In the United States, more than one million people were arrested for driving under the influence in 2014. While there’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks, getting behind the wheel of a car with a high blood alcohol content (BAC) increases your risk of injury or death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated 1/3 of first-time convicted drunk drivers commit ...
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  • What's the Process After a DUI Arrest?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 26-Jan-2017

    A DUI is an arrestable offense and so if you are pulled over for one and subsequently arrested for it the police in CT will generally handcuff you and place you in their respective police car and take you to the police station in the town arrested or to the area State Police Barracks, if arrested by the Connecticut State Police. Wherever you are taken, you will be processed in accordance with ...
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  • Do I Have to Take a Standardized Field Sobriety Test?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 13-Jan-2017

    Unlike chemical tests, which one must submit to in the state of Connecticut, field sobriety tests (FSTs) are not legally required, nor will refusing one lead to the same administrative or criminal consequences you would face when refusing a chemical test. FSTs include: Walk-and-turn One-leg-stand Horizontal gaze nystagmus Alphabet recitation Finger-to-nose Finger tracing Often, when requesting ...
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  • Avoid License Suspension at the DMV Per Se Hearing

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 31-Oct-2016

    Because a DUI license suspension stays on your Connecticut Driver History for ten years, it may affect you financially by negatively affecting a job application. For instance, some companies will not give you a company car if they see that you have been convicted of DUI. If you are a commercial truck driver, your CDL is affected by DUI as well. To avoid a license suspension after a DUI arrest, it ...
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  • Be Aware of Increased Law Enforcement Over Labor Day Weekend

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 2-Sep-2016

    Labor Day Weekend is here, which means that plenty of people will be hitting the road to celebrate the three-day weekend. Drivers should be aware that police in Connecticut are preparing for the weekend, too, increasing their efforts to make sure that nobody is breaking the law and other drivers on the road are safe. Labor Day Weekend is often associated with family get-togethers, barbecues, ...
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  • Your Rights If Stopped for DUI in Connecticut

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 12-Aug-2016

    Were you stopped for driving under the influence in Connecticut? The laws in this state regarding DUIs are very tough, and it can be difficult for individuals to understand what rights they have in the event that they are pulled over. For instance, would you know what to do if you were asked to take a breath, urine, or blood test, or were asked to step out of your vehicle to perform a field ...
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  • Supreme Court Reaches 5-3 Split Decision Permitting Warrantless Breath Tests in DUI Arrests

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 27-Jun-2016

    According to an article published by CNN, on Thursday, June 23, the Supreme Court issued a split ruling on three drunk driving cases, deciding that while law enforcement requires a breath test after a person is arrested, a warrant is mandatory to request a blood test in the same situation. These three cases are referred to as Birchfield v. North Dakota and occurred from three different arrests ...
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  • Jury Takes 30 Minutes to Return 'Not Guilty' Verdict in DUI Case

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 1-Jun-2016

    Tomeo Sills, LLC recently defended a client who was wrongfully accused of driving under the influence. On May 5, 2015, our client was arrested by a Connecticut police officer working DUI Enforcement. The officer’s report greatly exaggerated the nature of client's driving and performance on field sobriety tests, which was all captured on video. After being arrested, the client submitted ...
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  • What is the Implied Consent Law in Connecticut?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 8-Jan-2016

    In Connecticut, the implied consent law states that any person lawfully arrested by a law enforcement officer who has had probably cause to believe that person has been operating a vehicle while impaired must consent to one of the following chemical tests: Breath Urine Blood These tests are used to determine the person’s blood alcohol content and must be administered within two hours of when ...
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  • Don't Spend the Holidays in Jail Because of a DUI Arrest

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 22-Dec-2015

    The last holidays of the year are almost here. Because many people have time off work, many will travel to see loved ones, friends, and family members. During these December celebrations, many people will enjoy their favorite cocktails or alcoholic beverages while in good company. While these moments can create a lifetime of memories, they can also lead to DUI arrests if individuals do not refrain ...
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