DUI & DWI in Connecticut
For the past two decades, Connecticut has been out in front compared to other states in the fight against driving while under the influence of alcohol (DUI). So you can expect to be hit hard if you get arrested for DUI, especially if you are under 21 years old.
Keep these numbers in mind before you get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol: You are considered to be DUI if you register .08% or above on a blood-alcohol test. If you are under 21 years old, you only have to register .02% or over.
Blood-alcohol level depends on a lot of factors, including the amount of time between drinks, the amount of food in your body, your weight, and your physical condition.
When you get your driver's license, you are subject to an "implied consent" law, meaning that, by getting your license, you give your consent to be tested for DUI anytime. If you refuse a DUI test, you are breaking that implied consent law. Your license will be suspended for a period of time determined by how many offenses you've committed.
Connecticut has strong mandatory penalties, even for a 1st DUI offense. First, administrative penalties from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for drivers over 21 years old who commit a 1st offense include:
- Loss of license for at least 6 months for refusing to take a blood, breath, or urine chemical alcohol analysis test.
- Loss of license for at least 90 days for driving with a BAC over 0.08%.
- Loss of license for 120 days for driving with a BAC over .16%.
Second, criminal penalties from the state court system apply. These penalties result from a DUI conviction, and are imposed in addition to the administrative penalties from the DMV. Criminal penalties for drivers over 21 years old who commit a DUI include, but are not limited to:
- 1st offense: Suspension for 1 year.
- 2nd offense: Suspension for 1 year, followed by 2 years with ignition interlock device.
- 3rd offense: Permanent revocation of license.
In addition to the official penalties listed above, you may incur the following:
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- Towing costs.
- Jail time.
- Community service.
- Bail bond.
- Attorney costs.
- Missed work time.
- Cost of mandatory alcohol education program.
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