If you have been arrested for drunk driving in Connecticut, you need an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer on your side to help you avoid being convicted or to minimize the penalties imposed by the court and the Department of Motor Vehicles. I am Attorney John Serrano of the Serrano Law Firm and I have been defending people charged with drunk driving for over 25 years. I have helped people keep their driver’s license and avoid jail sentences. I can help you.
A charge of drunk driving, also known as driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), and operating under the influence (OUI), can severely affect your life, with consequences including:
In 2002, Connecticut reduced the legal limit for alcohol from 0.1% to 0.08% blood alcohol content. This means that three drinks in an hour, or four in two hours, or five in three hours, may put you over the legal limit.
Every day people from all backgrounds — college graduates, high school drop-outs, rich, poor, professionals, teachers, factory workers, housewives — are charged with DWI / DUI. While some people unfortunately have an alcohol problem, many people wind up in criminal court facing DUI / DWI charges after getting pulled over when they thought they were able to drive home safely from a party or social event.
A DUI arrest can result in two types of penalties:
You have the right to a hearing before the DMV suspends your license. The issues at the hearing are limited to whether (1) the police officer had probable cause to arrest you for DUI, (2) you were arrested, (3) testing showed you were over the limit or you refused testing, and (4) you were operating a vehicle.
As a DUI / DWI drunk driving defense lawyer, I caution everyone to be extremely careful about drinking and driving. People are human, however, and make mistakes. As your lawyer, I will use my knowledge and experience to help you get your life back to normal as soon as possible after a DUI / DWI arrest.
Connecticut DUI / DWI Criminal Penalties
|Arrest||Conviction||Mandatory Sentence||Maximum Sentence||Fines||License Suspension||Ignition Interlock Device|
|1st||N/A||( Eligible for Alcohol Education Program )|
|2nd||1st||48 Hours or 100 Hours Community Service||6 Months||$500 to $1000||45 days||1 year|
|3rd||2nd||120 days plus 100 Hours Community Service||2 years||$1000 to $4000||Longer of 45 days or until 21 years of age (1st year work or school only)||3 years|
|4th||3rd (within 10 years)||1 year plus 100 Hours Community Service||3 years||$2000 to $8000||Lifetime (may apply after 2 years to end suspension)||Lifetime (if suspension ended). May apply after 15 years to remove device.|
Connecticut DMV License Suspension for DUI / DWI - Age 21 or Older
|Arrest||0.08 to 0.15||0.16 or Over||Refusal|
|1st||90 days||120 days||6 months|
|2nd||9 months||10 months||1 year|
|3rd||2 years||2 1/2 years||3 years|
Connecticut DMV License Suspension for DUI / DWI - Under Age of 21
|Arrest||0.02 to 0.15||0.16 or Over||Refusal|
|1st||Age 16 or 17: 180 days.
Age 18, 19 or 20: 1 year.
|240 days||Age 16 or 17: 1 year.
Age 18, 19 or 20: 18 months.
|2nd||18 months||20 months||2 years|
|3rd||4 years||5 years||6 years|
Speak to a Person, Not a Machine
I don't like speaking to machines. I don't think you do either. Especially when you need help. Call my law firm during our extended business hours (Mon to Fri, 8:30 am to 6 pm) and you will speak directly to a person. Evenings & weekends, call my cell phone: 860 977-0660.
- Attorney John Serrano
DUI Legal Help at these Connecticut Courts
|Bristol||Bristol, Burlington, Plainville, Plymouth, Southington|
|Derby||Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Orange, Oxford, Seymour, Shelton|
|Enfield||East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Simsbury, Suffield, Windsor, Windsor Locks|
|Hartford||Avon, Bloomfield, Canton, Farmington, Hartford, West Hartford|
|Manchester||East Hartford, Glastonbury, Manchester, Marlborough, South Windsor|
|Meriden||Cheshire, Hamden, Meriden, North Haven, Wallingford|
|Middletown||Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland, Westbrook|
|New Britain||Berlin, New Britain, Newington, Rocky Hill,, Wethersfield|
|New Haven||Bethany, Branford, East Haven, Guilford, Madison, New Haven, North Branford, Woodbridge|
|Norwich||Bozrah, Colchester, Franklin, Griswold, Lebanon, Lisbon, Montville, Norwich, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Voluntown|
|Rockville||Andover, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Ellington, Hebron, Mansfield, Somers, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, Willington|
|Waterbury||Middlebury, Naugatuck, Prospect, Southbury, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, Woodbury|