DUI is also known as driving under the influence. What this means is that you drank alcohol or did drugs and then decided to get behind the wheel of a vehicle, make a mistake while driving and got pulled over by a police officer. No one should be driving while they are considered intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or any type of drug. Once you become a licensed driver in the state of Connecticut, you are presumed to have given your consent to test to determine your BAC. BAC is also known as blood alcohol concentration. This consent is known as the Implied Consent Law. If you refuse to do the test to determine your blood alcohol concentration in the state of Connecticut, the arresting police officer is required by law to revoke your driver’s license for twenty-four (24) hours and your refusal will be used against you in the report. It is always in your best interest to just do the test even if you know you are not going to pass it. In Connecticut, if you are age twenty-one (21) or older, you are considered to be legally intoxicated if you have a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of .08 or higher. If you are under the age of twenty-one (21), you are legally intoxicated at a .02 BAC or higher. If you are under the age of twenty-one (21), you cannot legally drink anyway.
Driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol is an offense that will not be tolerated by law enforcement in the state of Connecticut. You can be arrested and charged with DUI with or without your actual BAC level tested. If the arresting police officer sees that you are unable to operate your vehicle in a safe manner and sees your ability is impaired by some form, you can be arrested for DUI. Drugs and alcohol have many different types of effects on a person. They can slow your reaction time tremendously, interfere with your level of coordination, impair your concentration skills, decrease your motor skills and common-sense level, change your attitude and make you feel less concerned about yourself and the other drivers on the road. All of these are not good. If you do not have a steady hand on the wheel, a clear head to think about what you are doing and a watchful eye to see all of the dangers that are possible ahead of you then you should not be driving a motor vehicle.
The drugs that can impair your level of functionality are not all considered illegal. You could have taken an allergy pill (antihistamine) or some cold medicine and one of the side effects is they may cause drowsiness. You should not be behind the wheel of your car if you are impaired by medicine either. These medicines can and do effect people differently. The differences depend on the person’s age, weight, emotional state at the time and how much of the medicine they took. All of those things combined with the medicine will question your ability to operate a motor vehicle safely. If you question your ability to drive after taking it, it is safe to assume that you should not drive.
The state of Connecticut charges DUI’s at a misdemeanor level against anyone that has a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, of 0.08% or more when they are operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you are being arrested and charge with DUI for the first time in the state of Connecticut or you have not had a DUI conviction in the past ten (10) years, your charge will be considered a misdemeanor. You can apply to the court to be admitted to the Pretrial Alcohol Education program. You must state under oath that you have not been in the program within the last ten (10) years. If you successfully complete the program, the court will dismiss the DUI charge that was filed against you. If you do not complete the program successfully, there are penalties that you will have to face and accept. The penalties can include but are not limited to the following: two (2) days to six (6) months in jail, up to six (6) month suspension of your license and probation which will include one hundred (100) hours of community service. Your fines could range between $500 and $1,000 depending on what the judge orders. If you have refused to have your blood alcohol concentration test, your driver’s license will be suspended for six (6) months. If you have been sentenced to probation by the judge, he or she may require you to go to classes and participate in programs for DUI. These classes can cost up to $25. In some cases, your car will be equipped with an ignition interlock for one (1) year following the reinstatement of your license. This is to ensure that you are sober when you attempt to drive your car. If this is your first offense of DUI, your license will be suspended for forty-five (45) days. You will also have ignition interlock driving on your car for one (1) year. Before you can get your license back, you will have to file a Connecticut SR22 insurance form with the DMV. This must be done or you will not get your license reinstated.
If this is your second arrest for DUI, your penalties are greater. They are still misdemeanor charges. You could face one hundred and twenty (120) days to two (2) years in jail, probation and one hundred (100) hours of community service. Your fines could be between $1,000 and $4,000 depending on what the judge decides. If you refused the BAC test, your license will be suspended for one (1) year. Your license will be suspended for forty-five (45) days along with three (3) years of ignition interlock driving. You will also have to fill out the Connecticut SR22 insurance form with the DMV before you can get your license reinstated.
If you have been arrested three (3) or more times for DUI, your consequences are as follows: one (1) to three (3) years in jail, probation, one hundred (100) hours of community service, fines between $2,000 and $8,000 depending on the judge, three (3) year license suspension if you refused the BAC test, revoked license that you can try to get reinstated after two (2) years followed by fifteen (15) years of ignition interlock driving. The Connecticut SR22 insurance form will also need to be filed with the DMV before you can reinstate your driver’s license. You will need to have this insurance coverage for three (3) years. If at any time there is a lapse in coverage, the insurance company must report it to the Connecticut DMV which will result in suspension of your license.
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