What are the Consequences of an OUI in Connecticut?

You do not need an attorney to tell you that you should not drink and drive. It’s a well-known fact that it is unsafe to do so. However, many people go ahead and do it anyway. Most of these people are not “bad” people by any stretch of the imagination, rather, they made a mistake that they now regret. Unfortunately, OUIs are extremely costly mistakes, and receiving one may prevent you from returning to work due to a license suspension, keep you from attending your classes, and more.

One simple mistake can turn someone’s life entirely upside down, which is why our firm is here to protect those facing OUI charges–we believe in second chances. If you are someone who has been charged with an OUI, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:

What are the penalties for a first-offense OUI?

Do not underestimate the effect a first-offense OUI can have on your life. Despite the fact that this is only your first charge, if convicted, you may face the following penalties:

  • Up to 6 months of jail time or a 6-month suspended jail sentence and probation
  • 100 hours of community service.
  • $500-$1000 fines
  • Mandatory 45-day license suspension
  • Mandatory 1-year installation of ignition interlock device after restoration of a license
  • Possible mandatory participation in an alcohol education and treatment program

What are the consequences of a second-offense OUI in Connecticut?

Once you commit a second offense, the courts will no longer give you benefit of the doubt. This means that they will now treat you as a repeat offender. Here are some of the consequences you may face for a second-offense OUI:

  • Up to 2 years in jail
  • 100 hours of community service
  • $1,000–$4,000 fines
  • A license suspension of at least 45 days
  • At least three years of required installation and use of ignition interlock devices

What are the penalties for a third or subsequent OUI offense?

Those who are caught with their third or subsequent OUI offense are facing long-term life-disrupting consequences. You cannot wait any longer to hire an experienced attorney who will aggressively combat your OUI charges. If convicted, you may face the following consequences:

  • 1-3 years in jail
  • Probation
  • 100 hours of community service
  • Fines ranging between $2,000–$8,000
  • License revocation of at least two years

Contact our experienced Connecticut firm

Marc N. Needelman is an experienced attorney working throughout the state of Connecticut. If you need an attorney who is ready to fight for the financial compensation you deserve, please do not hesitate to contact us to set up a free initial consultation. Our firm deals with matters relating to real estate, personal injury, criminal defense, estate planning, and more.

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