Connecticut law becomes especially harsh for third and subsequent DUI offenders. This applies to DUIs in any state that have happened in the last ten years. Unfortunately, courts and prosecutors view this as a pattern of troubling behavior and become increasingly less forgiving. The penalties can be much more severe for a 3rd or subsequent Windsor DUI than they are for a 1st or even 2nd offense. On this page, you can learn more about third-time offenses and the consequences that you may face. You can also learn about how to protect yourself.
Penalties For Third/Subsequent Offense
The consequences for three or more DUIs in Connecticut is as follows:
- Up to three years incarceration with a mandatory minimum of one year.
- Fines not to exceed $8,000.00.
- Probation and 100 hours of community service.
- A license suspension for two years, and once lifted, use of an ignition interlock device (IID) for life.
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Once the two years have elapsed, the DMV Commissioner has the right to reinstate a driver’s license. Further, after 15 years, they may lift the interlock requirement. It is up to the Commissioner to continue or lift a license suspension or IID requirement. The Commissioner will determine if the person is still a danger to themself and others operating a vehicle.
In Connecticut, some people are punished the most severely for DUI offenses. This is the case for those who are considered persistent offenders or those who have DUIs with aggravating circumstances. Persistent offenders are those that, (1) Are convicted of 2nd-degree manslaughter or assault with a motor vehicle, and (2) have been convicted of either of these offenses, DUI, or substantially similar offenses in Connecticut or other states in the past 10 years.
Aggravating circumstances can be, but are not limited to, fleeing the scene, resisting arrest, having a BAC double the legal limit, DUI resulting in severe injury or death, endangerment of a child, and so forth. This is where jail sentences are to be expected if the prosecution can prove its case.
If you have been arrested for a third or subsequent DUI, it is very important you have legal representation. The penalties are very severe for a 3rd or subsequent Windsor DUI, and you need to make sure that you can present the best defense possible in court and mitigate the penalties that you face. The best way to do this is to find a DUI defense lawyer to represent you. Find a lawyer who has worked with multiple DUI offenses, such as those on our team. For more information, contact us today.