5 Things You Need to Know about DUI in Connecticut

If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI, you are likely overwhelmed with conflicting information and not sure how to proceed.  While no webpage is a substitute for working with an experienced Connecticut DUI lawyer, we provide the following tips in the hope that they are helpful.  Take time to orientate yourself with some basic information, but if you need real legal advice about your specific situation, contact me today.  I can answer your questions and explain how I can help you through the process and protect your license and freedom.

  1. Being Charged is not the Same as Being Guilty

    This is number one on the list for a reason; all too often, people simply submit to a bad plea deal or plead guilty all together because they assume there is no way to fight a DUI.  Yes, you may have been drinking; you may have even been over the legal limit, but the burden of proving that these things are true still lies with the state. 
  2. There are 2 hearings.

    There are 2 hearings when you get a DUI - The court hearing that deals with the criminal violation, and the DMV hearing that deals with the suspension of your drivers’ license.  Having an experienced DUI lawyer on your side can make the entire process much clearer and easy to more through successfully.

  3. First-time offenders MAY qualify for the Alcohol Education Program

    Connecticut offers an Alcohol Education Program (commonly known as the “AEP” or “AE Program”) that can dramatically decrease the amount of stress and strife a DUI causes in your daily life.  To learn more about the AEP, click here.

  4. Yes, You Have to take the Breath Test

    Connecticut, like most U.S. States, has an “Implied Consent” law.  This means that you are giving consent to a blood alcohol content (BAC) test by virtue of the fact that you are driving a car.  A police officer still needs a reasonable grounds to give you the test, but refusing the test is a crime punishable by a 6 months of license suspension (for the 1st Offense).

  5. A DUI Conviction Means More Than Just Fines

    If you are convicted of a DUI, it can have an impact on your employment opportunities, insurance rates and more.  While hiring a DUI lawyer to protect your rights and your future isn’t cheap, paying increased monthly premiums for high risk insurance can end up costing you a lot more.

I provide a free initial consultation for Connecticut drivers faced with a DUI charge.  Contact me today to learn more about how the law applies to your unique situation, and your options for moving forward.