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If you are stopped by a police officer and arrested on a DWI (driving while intoxicated) or DUI (driving under the influence) charge while driving in Connecticut, you will need to find a Connecticut lawyer knowledgeable about the DUI laws of the state. You need a lawyer who is licensed to practice in Connecticut to plead your case before a judge and the court system.

You will need to file a challenge to your case immediately. If you do not file a challenge by contacting the Department of Motor Vehicles within seven days, your driver's license will automatically be suspended. Find a Connecticut lawyer who can help you fight for your license privileges.

The crime of drunk driving is a very serious offense and is not taken lightly. Connecticut state laws include the following:

The legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) level is 0.08%.
Automatic suspension of your driver's license for failing a BAC test or refusal to take such a test.
If convicted, an ignition interlock will be mandatory, meaning you will have to breathe into a device and prove your sobriety before your car will start.
If convicted more than once, DWI becomes a felony, which carries much harsher penalties.

A DUI is a crime punishable by suspension or revocation of your driver's license, monetary fines, and possible jail time. A DUI is defined as the act of operating a motor vehicle with impaired ability due to having a BAC level of 0.08% or higher and/or having drugs in your system that impair your physical and mental abilities. The level of your impairment due to excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs is dependent on the following conditions:

Amount of alcohol consumed.
Amount of food eaten before consumption of the alcohol.
Your gender.
Length of time taken to consume the alcohol.
Your body weight.

Drunk-driving laws are designed and intended to prevent persons from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Intoxication can be shown either with a test for your BAC level, by eyewitnesses, statements made by you when the officer stopped you, and the officer's own observations and statement.


Penalties have increased in severity in recent years due to the efforts made to curb the frequency of offenses. Possible penalties, even for first time offenders, include jail time, license suspension or revocation, substantial monetary fines, and community service. A conviction will remain on your records and will be shown when anyone asks for a background check. This will most likely result in the ineligibility to receive a commercial driver's license in the future.

A DUI lawyer will look at the facts of your case and decide what options are available to you. A DUI case is complex, and there are many variables that might be helpful to your case that you might be unaware of.

The location of the offense may be taken into consideration. Older laws, using older terminology, may state that they can only be applied to incidents occurring on public highways and not private property. More up-to-date laws change that definition so as to include a crime occurring within the boundaries of the state of Connecticut. An expert in the field of Connecticut DUI law will have all the answers to help you find your way through the Connecticut court system.

If you are facing a DUI charge in Connecticut, you need to find and hire a competent and knowledgeable Connecticut attorney to handle your case.


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