DUI Attorney located in Waterbury
And Serving Clients throughout New Haven, Hartford & Litchfield Counties
Many individuals who have been charged with DUI think that they have no way to avoid a conviction, but this is not true. At the Law Offices of Michael T. Barrett, we have over a decade of experience delivering strategic legal representation to help our clients get their charges reduced or even dismissed altogether.
Find out how an experienced Waterbury DUI lawyer can help you by dialing (203) 448-4431 today. You can also contact our Waterbury criminal defense lawyer online.
What Constitutes Driving Under the Influence?
In Connecticut, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level of .08% or higher. For drivers under the age of 21, the BAC limit is .02%. A driver’s BAC can be measured with a breath test, urine test, or blood test. The most common method of testing is an electronic Breathalyzer.
If a person is found with a BAC above the legal limit, there is no further evidence required to support a DUI conviction. Due to Connecticut’s implied consent law, if an individual refuses to provide a sample to law enforcement upon request, it can result in license suspension.
Penalties for a DUI Conviction in Connecticut
The penalties an individual could face for a DUI charge depend upon a couple of different factors. The first factor considered is the number of previous offenses.
The penalties for first-time and repeat offenders include:
- First DUI violation: a maximum of six months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines
- Second DUI violation: a maximum of two years in prison and up to $4,000 in fines
- Third DUI violation: a maximum of three years in prison and up to $8,000 in fines
The second factor that plays into how DUI crimes are penalized is whether the drunk driving caused an accident, property damage, or injuries or death to another. If this is the case, the above penalties may be increased.
Depending on the circumstances of the case, drivers may experience additional consequences, including:
- Suspension or revocation of a driver’s license
- Installation of an ignition interlock device
- Probation requiring 100 hours of community service
- Completion of a drug abuse assessment and treatment program
Let Us Help You Get Back in the Driver’s Seat
If you have been arrested or charged with DUI, turn to the Law Offices of Michael T. Barrett. Our Waterbury DUI lawyer can help you understand your legal options and then go to work protecting your rights and freedom.
Reach out to our skilled criminal defense attorney now at (203) 448-4431.
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