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Connecticut DUI Information

Connecticut law indicates that anyone with a blood alcohol content of .08%, or above, is deemed to be legally intoxicated and therefore subject to DUI penalties.  Under the current Connecticut Implied Consent Law, anyone who operates a motor vehicle is presumed as giving his/her consent to a blood alcohol content test.  Therefore, any person who refuses to submit to this test will face a six month license suspension for a first offense.  If a test is given and the subject is determined to have a blood alcohol content of .08% or higher, he/she will be held in police custody until bail is posted.

Under Connecticut law, anyone arrested for DUI shall receive both a summons and a court date.  If convicted, a fine of no less than $500.00 and no more than $1,000.00 will be imposed.  In addition, the offender may be ordered to a minimum of 48 hours in jail up to a maximum of six months.  If the offender is willing to enter into a plea agreement, the court may suspend the jail sentence in exchange for community service.  If under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol content of .02% or higher, or adults with a blood alcohol content of .08% to 0.16%, the offender’s license will typically be suspended for a period of 90 days.  Adults with a blood alcohol content of 0.16% or higher will face a license suspension of 120 days.  These penalties are in addition to any criminal penalties and will be placed on the offender’s driving record.  In some instances, individuals may apply for a restricted license.  In Connecticut, the offender must request an application for a special permit to operate a motor vehicle to and from work.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.





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