Court Penalties for a Connecticut DUI

Court Penalties for a Connecticut DUI

When an individual operates a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol in Connecticut, they may be charged with DUI. Like many other states, Connecticut takes driving under the influence very seriously. If convicted, the individual will not only face penalties from the Department of Motor Vehicles, they will also be subject to penalties that are imposed by the court. The Department of Motor Vehicles will impose administrative penalties such as a license suspension for at least 45 days. However, if the individual refuses to submit to a blood or breath test, the DMV may impose a license suspension of at least six months.

The court penalties are as follows, depending on how many offenses the individual has on their record:

  • First conviction DUI (minimum):
    • A license suspension of at least 45 days (in addition to the DMV suspension)
    • 1-year ignition interlock device (IID) required
    • A suspended jail sentence with 48 hours mandatory minimum jail time OR 100 hours of community service
    • A fine between $500 and $1,000
    • Court costs of approximately $300
  • Second conviction DUI (minimum):
    • A license suspension of at least 45 days, IID required for 3 years
    • A sentence of up to 2 years in jail, 120 mandatory minimum
    • 100 hours of community service
    • A fine between $1000 and $4000
    • Court costs of approximately $300
  • Third conviction:
    • Permanent driver’s license revocation, some exceptions apply
    • A three-year sentence that has a mandatory of 1 year in jail
    • 100 hours of community service
    • A fine between $2000 and $8000
    • Court costs of approximately $300

If you have been charged with a DUI in Connecticut, contact our firm today.

Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney, and former state prosecutor, working throughout the state of Connecticut. Contact the law firm to set up a free initial consultation for matters related to criminal defense and more.

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