DUI Process and Consequences for Connecticut DUI and Elevated BAC

In the state of Connecticut, you can face a DUI charge if your blood alcohol content (BAC) reaches a certain level. But, there is also a level over this initial BAC that is referred to as an “elevated BAC.” If a police officer determines that you have an elevated BAC, they will mark this when charging you for a DUI. An elevated BAC results in greater penalties than a regular DUI in Connecticut. To learn more about the elevated BAC and the consequences of it, read on.

Elevated BAC

Throughout the United States, a person drives under the influence if they have a BAC of .08% or higher. If your BAC is .16% or higher, this is considered an elevated BAC. A regular DUI will result in penalties such as:

  • A license suspension of up to a year.
  • A fine of $500-$1,000.
  • A jail sentence of up to six months.


These are the consequences for a first time offense. Second or subsequent offenses will result in greater penalties. These are:

  • A license suspension of up to a year.
  • A fine of $1,000-$4,000.
  • A jail sentence of up to two years.

Third or subsequent offenses result in:

If you have this type of BAC, the license suspension, fines, and jail sentence could be greater. This is because it is even more dangerous to drive with an elevated BAC.

Defending Yourself

As you can see, the consequences for a DUI with an elevated BAC can be severe. This is a more serious situation than if you are charged with a DUI with a BAC under .16%. Because of the seriousness of the situation, if you are arrested for a DUI and you had a BAC of .16% or more, you should contact a DUI attorney in Connecticut. I am such an attorney and I can help you with your case. I have worked with DUI with an elevated BAC cases before and am happy to answer your questions. Your situation differs from a regular Connecticut DUI, so make sure that you get the help that you need. For more information, feel free to contact me for a free consultation. I am happy to take a look at your case and help.


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