Here, you can find some of the most common DUI questions that we get at our office.
DUI Questions – It’s Just a DUI – How Serious Can It Be?
For a good person like yourself, a DUI can have lifelong dramatic consequences. First, you must realize that the mere fact of your arrest gives the DMV the opportunity to suspend your license. A person with a DUI conviction on their record can look forward to being dropped by their auto insurance, or at least have ridiculously high premiums for years to come. Some employers will terminate your job if you have a DUI case. The stakes are high.
DUI Questions – What are the Penalties?
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There are two sets of penalties for a DUI arrest. The first come from the DMV. They suspend your driver’s license for certain periods if you fail or refuse a breath test.
The criminal penalties are just as harsh. Although there is no mandatory jail for a first offense (you can opt to do 100 hours of community service) you will wind up with a criminal record and probation. Subsequent offenses can mean jail time. In addition, you might be required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on your vehicle.
DUI Questions – How Can They Take My License?
The truth is that the state laws are changed every year to make it easier for the DMV to take away your license. In fact, when you are arrested for a DUI, the DMV treats you as “guilty until proven innocent.” This is because driving is not a right but a privilege. The state can take away privileges very easily.
DUI Questions – What About Getting to Work?
The DMV does not care. The prosecutor does not care. As far as they are concerned, those are your problems and not theirs. In some instances you may be eligible for a work permit to drive to work. I can talk to you about this when we meet.
DUI Questions – What About Other Necessities I Need to Drive For?
I will be happy to explain the work permit process when we get together. To put it simply, the driving privilege you get covers work related driving only.
DUI Questions – What Happens If I Drive Anyway?
If you are caught driving when your license is under suspension for a DUI, you are facing a mandatory 30 days in jail, and possibly more, including a further suspension of your license.
DUI Questions – How Long Does a DUI Stay on My Record?
A DUI conviction in Connecticut is a life sentence. It does not fall off or get erased from your record automatically. The only way to get a DUI off your record in Connecticut is through a pardon.
Also, even with a pardon application, you are not eligible to even apply until three years after your case is over, and in our experience, you must wait much, much longer to even be considered. This is one reason why it is so important to get the right lawyer and the right approach to your case defense. The decisions you make today and the resolution of your case will have lifelong permanent results.
DUI Questions – Should I Take or Refuse the Breath Testing Device?
Unfortunately, there isn’t a single correct answer to this question. The proper choice depends on the unique facts of your case. As stated before, the punishment for someone who has no prior Connecticut DUI suspensions of the driver’s license depends on the breath testing device results. If you fail a breath test your license will be suspended. Please contact an attorney to discuss your particular situation.
DUI Questions – What Should I Do Immediately Following My DUI Arrest?
Generally, the most important thing to do is to get in contact with an attorney. The sooner you do this, the better. The days and weeks following an arrest are stressful. In order to get the best possible legal outcome, it is crucial to get in contact with an attorney who can explain what is happening and how to manage your case.
DUI Questions – What Court Will Hear My Case?
The state of Connecticut is divided up into Judicial Districts; the courthouse assigned to you gets based upon the geographical location of the incident and arrest.
DUI Questions – I Had a Prior DUI in Another State and Either Used a Program or Got Convicted. Will the State of Connecticut Know About It?
Likely, the answer to this question is ‘yes.’ The local State’s Attorney’s Office will run an extensive criminal background check on you as part of their procedures.
DUI Questions – Could This Case Affect a Professional License?
Yes. If you hold a professional license such as a license to practice law, medicine, nursing, engineering, or accounting you should watch out. An alcohol or drug-related conviction could require reporting to your professional licensing board and possible further action.
DUI Questions – The Police Didn’t Read Me My Miranda Rights. Is There Anything I Can Do?
Maybe, largely because Miranda rights are triggered when a person is in custody and responding to questions asked by law enforcement officers. Before questioning a person, a police officer has to warn the driver that anything they say can get used against them in court, and that they have a right to speak with an attorney before answering questions.
DUI Questions – If My License is Suspended By the DMV, and I am Caught Driving Under Suspension, What are the Consequences?
If you are caught by the police operating a motor vehicle under suspension, the mandatory minimum is thirty days in jail.