DUI Penalties in Connecticut
How Serious Are DUI Conviction Penalties?
If you are pulled over by law enforcement officials in the state of Connecticut
while operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol,
you could be charged with
DUI. The legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level is under .08 for drivers
over the age of 21, under .02 for drivers under the age of 21, and under
.04 for operators of commercial vehicles. DUI charges are taken very seriously
in Connecticut, and having aggressive criminal defense lawyers at your
side during the legal process can mean the difference between a positive
outcome and receiving the maximum amount of punishment allowed under the law.
Below are the penalties that DUI convictions may carry:
- First offense: Up to six months in jail, $500 to $1,000 in fines, and a
license suspension of 45 days
Second offense: Up to two years in jail, $1,000 to $4,000 in fines, a one
year license suspension, and the installation of an
Interlock Ignition Device (IID) in your vehicles
- Third offense: Up to three years in jail, $2,000 to $8,000 in fines, and
a permanent license suspension
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Chemical BAC Chemical Test Refusal & Implied Consent
In addition to the above penalties, Connecticut also has an implied consent
law with respect to BAC chemical tests. This means that, while you have
the right to refuse taking this test, it will lead to an automatic license
suspension and fine. The suspensions can range from six months to three
years, depending on whether or not it is your first offense.
Our Connecticut DUI Attorneys Can Help You Explore Alternatives to Incarceration
While the penalties for DUI convictions may be very severe, there are often
alternatives to incarceration, including suspended sentences, probation,
lifestyle restrictions, random testing, and more. Our criminal defense
team can help you explore all the alternatives that are available to you
and fight tirelessly to help you avoid the harshest penalties.
Give us a call to learn more about how we can assist you with your legal needs. We provide legal counsel
to clients across Connecticut and have offices located in New London, Pomfret,
Norwich, Hartford, Waterbury, and Westport.