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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 attorneys 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.

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