If you are pulled over on suspicion of a Connecticut DUI, the officer will ask for a blood alcohol concentration test or BAC. You must submit to the test, or you will have your license automatically suspended for six months. If the test registers at .08 or higher, you will be arrested and kept in the jail until your bail is posted. You will be given a court date and a summons, and you must attend your court date.
As soon as you are arrested for a Connecticut DUI, make sure to contact a lawyer. You only have seven days in which you can request a Department of Motor Vehicles hearing to look at your case and possibly protect your right to drive. If you wait to contact a lawyer, you cannot receive a hearing.
If you are found to be guilty of a Connecticut DUI and it is your first offence, you will face a fine somewhere between $500 and $1000. You are also facing six months in jail, which could be suspended or reduced if you plea bargain and accept 100 hours of community service. Because of this long potential jail time, you will want to have a lawyer to help you with your Connecticut DUI proceedings. You will also face a one year suspension of your driving privileges.
After you face your court date, you are also subject to administrative sanctions. These sanctions are in addition to any punishments handed out by the criminal court. If you refuse to take the blood alcohol test or BAC, you will face a six-month suspension of your license. If your alcohol levels are .08 or higher, you will face a 90 day suspension. If the levels are .16 or higher, the suspension increases to 120 days. Plea bargaining can often reduce these sentences as well. If you have a job, you will need to file form A-62, which is called the Application for Special Permit to Operate a Motor Vehicle to and From Work. There is a fee to apply for this permit.
A Connecticut DUI arrest is a sure sign that your insurance premium will increase because you will be required to carry what's known as a Connecticut SR-22 insurance policy. An SR-22 insurance policy is a type of high risk auto policy typically reserved for DUI offenders and/or those with license suspensions.
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