Sometimes, it is not possible to stop a DUI charge. If you could go back in time and make different choices, you would – but unfortunately, that is not the way that the world works.

Still, understanding the pre-arrest process of a DUI is an important step to take, whether you are trying to be proactive and avoid a DUI, or you have recently been charged. This “Prearrest” section of the website touches on a few important factors to understand if you are facing a Connecticut DUI, or trying to avoid one.

Alcohol and Its Impact on the Body

Alcohol’s impact on the body is well documented in DUI cases. You need to understand how factors such as age, gender, weight, height, and more, have an effect on alcohol’s ability to impact you as well as others. Understanding alcohol absorption and how alcohol impacts a person on a scientific level can assist in a DUI defense. You can learn more about this topic on this page.

Connecticut Police

Connecticut police are always on the lookout for drunk driving. In this section, I discuss what the police look for and how they detect drunk driving. Knowing these tips can help you avoid a DUI, or can help you build your defense if you have recently been charged.

Designated Drivers and Passengers

If you are in a position where you are acting as a designated driver for a friend, or you are a passenger in their vehicle and they are driving under the influence, you might be wondering what can or should happen if the vehicle is pulled over. Find out in this section.

Implied Consent

The State of Connecticut has something known as implied consent law. Implied consent laws mean that each person who operates a motor vehicle in Connecticut does so with the understanding that if a police officer suspects they are driving under the influence, the officer can test them for drugs and alcohol. If you refuse such tests, you are breaking the implied consent laws. This means you will face separate penalties than you would for a DUI – simply refusing testing means a license suspension.

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

Standardized field sobriety tests happen in every state. These tests are the walk and turn test, horizontal gaze nystagmus test, and the one leg stand test. Learn about these tests and some common issues with them in this section.

Additional Tests

Standardized tests are not the only ones that a person suspected of DUI may be asked to perform. In addition to these standardized field sobriety tests are additional unvalidated tests. While these are not always used, they can sometimes be. In addition, you might face tests at the police station. You could also face a breath test, either when you are pulled over by the police, or later.

I Am Here to Help

Understanding the initial steps of being pulled over as a driver or being charged with a DUI are important in getting the help that you need. For assistance with a Connecticut DUI, contact my office.


My name is Teresa, and I am a DUI lawyer, but that is only part of who I am. I have been practicing law in Connecticut since 2006.


My office has operators standing by 24 hours a day 7 days a week. When you need to speak to an attorney, we will be there to answer the call.


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