The state of Connecticut considers driving under the influence (DUI) serious and the person charged will be subject to serious fines and penalties. Driving is a privilege and can be lost with one bad decision. The state’s law includes an implied consent law. This law states that anyone with driving privileges that are found to be assumed driving under the influence will concede to breath, blood, or urine testing when asked. Loss of driving privileges will be the penalty if the person rejects submission to these tests when requested by the officer.
In Connecticut the blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08% or higher is considered intoxicated. This is all that is necessary under the law to convict the driver of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI).
Connecticut utilizes a Mandatory Alcohol Education and Assessment/Treatment instead of serving a sentence of incarceration and/or paying fines. This allows those convicted of a DUI or DWI to have alcohol tutoring and prevention. In addition, treatment for alcohol and/or drug dependency can be required.
Any alcohol will affect a person’s driving abilities. This can also be amplified by physical illness, over the counter medication, prescription medications, emotional issues, illegal drugs, etc. Any one of these listed can cause the driver to appear intoxicated and/or drive recklessly.
If convicted of a DUI or DWI in Connecticut the following fines and penalties will be imposed:
Third Offense (within 10 years of last conviction):
Driver’s license suspension is the result of a DUI or DWI in Connecticut or any other state. If the driver convicted was under 18 years old on the date of the arrest, the suspension is one year from the effective date of suspension or until the driver’s 18th birthday, whichever is longer. To reinstate driver’s license a check or money order must be submitted to the Department of Motor Vehicles in the amount of $125. This can only be submitted after completion of the Substance Abuse Treatment Program. The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles in Connecticut must approve the program attended.
Dismissal rates for DUI charges and subsequent DUI convictions vary substantially from state to state. Recently on our DUI forum a user asked, “When will the prosecutor dismiss my DUI charges and not prosecute me for driving under the influence of alcohol...