suspension, iid, Connecticut DUI Defense AttorneyAs Connecticut residents planned for Independence Day celebrations last week, the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) prepared to implement a new law aimed at standardizing administrative penalties for driving under the influence (DUI) and related offenses. Taking effect on July 1, the new measure addresses both the DMV’s administrative suspension of drivers’ licenses and the subsequent installation of ignition interlock devices, or IIDs. Criminal conviction on DUI charges may result in additional penalties, as the new law focuses on the efforts of the DMV rather than criminal courts.

Administrative Per Se Suspensions

Under Connecticut law, any driver operating a motor vehicle is assumed to have given consent to chemical testing for blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Based on such implied consent, the DMV is empowered by the state to issue administrative penalties in several scenarios. An individual’s driver’s license will be suspended for:

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police body camera, Connecticut DUI lawyersIn BaltimoreFerguson, MO and elsewhere, police shootings of civilians have attorneys and the general public calling for cops to be required to wear body cameras at all times. Body cameras should be implemented in order to record the actual events of confrontations with those they are bound to protect and serve. In Connecticut, there is a bill pending that would establish a body camera pilot program in three police departments of varying sizes.

This program is of particular interest to Connecticut DUI defense attorneys for several reasons. In virtually every DUI arrest, the accused is asked to submit to a series of “field sobriety tests,” that is, to do things the police have been taught are indicators of whether someone is or is not under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance. In many cases, the officer testifies in court that the accused either failed the field sobriety tests or performed them in such a manner to give him probable cause to believe that he was intoxicated.

The body camera requirement would certainly shed a light on the truth about field sobriety tests: that passage or failure of these “standardized” field sobriety tests are subject to interpretation, misapplication, and misinterpretation. Body cameras would allow a judge or jury to see for themselves and make the determination on their own. This could help experienced DUI defense lawyers argue against probable cause for an arrest and help in the guilt phase of a jury trial.

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dui penalties in Connecticut, Hartford DUI defense lawyerIn an effort to crack down on drunk driving, many states have recently enacted statutes that mete out severe penalties and consequences for those convicted of DUI or a DUI-related offense. Even first-time offenders can easily find themselves facing serious criminal and administrative penalties. For example, the simple act of refusing to submit to a breath test can be punished. In these circumstances, an experienced Connecticut DUI defense attorney is needed to assure you receive the best possible outcome.

Penalties for DUI in Connecticut

Connecticut’s DUI penalties (like those in other states) are meant to deter individuals from driving under the influence. To accomplish this goal, a system of mandatory jail sentences and minimum fines, coupled with mandatory driver’s license suspension periods, is utilized.

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DUI field sobriety test, Connecticut criminal law lawyerDriving under the influence (DUI) is illegal throughout the United States. Due to the potential consequences of drunk driving, DUI penalties generally tend to be serious, even for first time offenders. DUI arrests and convictions also tend to be very expensive in an effort to deter drivers from driving drunk or buzzed. Penalties for DUI often include high fines, and if the driver loses his or her license, it may affect employment opportunities or interfere with existing work responsibilities. A DUI conviction could also lead to higher insurance premiums.

Connecticut Law on Drunk Driving

The Connecticut law on drunk driving prohibits drivers from driving after drinking beyond a certain level, taking drugs, or after having used a combination of both drugs and alcohol. In addition, a person can be arrested for DUI if his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is 0.08 or 0.04 for commercial drivers. Police officers use chemical and standard field sobriety tests to confirm the presence of drugs or alcohol, and to determine a driver’s level of intoxication.

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