DUI: Common Questions
At Tomeo Sills, LLC, our Connecticut DUI attorneys are highly knowledgeable about
DUI cases and how they are prosecuted in the state of Connecticut. Our legal team
is well-versed regarding field sobriety testing and knows how to protect
the rights of drivers. In fact,
Attorney Steven Tomeo is a member of the National College for DUI Defense. Please continue reading
below to become better informed about DUI and how our firm can assist
you with the serious matter.
Accused of DUI? Here’s What You Need to Know.
Why is having a Connecticut DUI lawyer important?
It is important to have a skilled defense attorney in your corner because
the legal process can be complex. With DUI cases, you are dealing not
just with the criminal courts, but also with the Department of Motor Vehicles
and the science behind breath machines and field sobriety tests. DUI cases
are considered some of the most complex to defend. Your chances of obtaining
a successful outcome are greatly enhanced when you retain legal representation.
Do not make the mistake of trying to defend yourself.
When stopped by police, should I refuse to take a breath test?
While you are within your right to refuse to take a breath test, we recommend
that you try to cooperate with the police officer. Refusing to take a
breath test can significantly impact your case in a negative way. Because
Connecticut is an implied consent state, refusing to take a breathalyzer
test could result in a six-month license suspension. During the first
three months of that suspension, you cannot get a work permit.
How can an attorney successfully defend me from DUI charges?
Our Connecticut DUI lawyers can carefully examine your case to determine
the strongest course of action and potentially argue that your test results
are not valid. Many factors could have affected the reliability of the
field sobriety tests. A person’s age, medical conditions, weight,
and the location of the arrest could have all affected the validity of
the test results. Injuries that would affect balance, such as leg, back
or neck injuries, can also play a role in test results. It is important
that you disclose any medical conditions to your lawyer because these
also can affect the validity of your test results. People with diabetes
can appear to be intoxicated when experiencing a diabetic episode. Neurological
disorders and inner ear conditions should also be disclosed.
What happens if I refuse to take a breathalyzer test?
If you refuse to take a breathalyzer test, your license will be suspended
for six months. You will be unable to obtain a permit that will allow
you to drive to work. The suspension is longer for those who refused to
take a test than for those who cooperated. Refusing to submit to a breath,
urine or blood test can make a judge or jury believe that you refused
to take the test because you thought you would fail it. In fact, the DMV
considers it more serious to refuse to take a test than to test very high.
Will the license suspension appear on my record?
Your license suspension will appear on your Connecticut driving record
for 10 years. This can affect your insurance rates and employability because
it will also come up during a background check.
Why can’t I just entrust my case to a public defender?
Many individuals choose to rely on a public defender when facing DUI charges.
We recommend that you hire a private criminal defense lawyer to represent
you because a public defender will not handle the DMV side of your case.
What happens to your driver’s license is a civil matter that does
not give you a constitutional right to an attorney. Public defenders also
have large caseloads, so your case will unlikely get the full and quality
legal attention it merits and deserves.
What should I avoid if I have been charged with DUI?
Please avoid getting a second DUI while your case is developing. This can
negatively impact the likelihood that you will obtain a positive case
outcome. If you have multiple DUIs, we recommend that you seek counseling
to better understand your alcohol consumption.
Tomeo Sills, LLC: Bringing 45 Years of Combined Experience to Your Case
Our firm is proud to have
45 years of collective experience in handling a wide variety of criminal cases, including those involving
DUI. We have come to know all the judges and prosecutors in the criminal
courts. We will do everything possible to secure the most positive outcome
for your case by preparing and implementing a personalized strategy for you.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our firm for help with your DUI case.