What Happens If You Get a Second DUI in Connecticut?

If you have been charged with an operating under the influence charge, i.e. OUI or DUI, it may feel like the courts, prosecutors and juries have presumed you guilty until proven innocent. This is especially the case if you face a conviction for a second DUI. More than merely embarrassing, these charges can destroy the rest of your life. If you face charges for a second DUI in Connecticut, please read on, then immediately avail yourself of the services of one of our experienced Hartford County DUI attorneys.

What are the consequences of a second DUI in Connecticut?

If law enforcement catches you driving under the influence more than once and you sustain a conviction, the administrative and criminal penalties will seriously impact your life. For starters, law enforcement may detain you and tow your car at your expense. The judicial system of the Constitution considers you over the limit if you are:

  • Under 21 with a BAC of 0.02 percent or higher
  • Over 21 with a BAC of 0.08 percent or higher
  • A commercial driver with a BAC of 0.04 percent or higher

Law enforcement may assume you have unlawfully operated your vehicle if you fail or refuse a test. If you have previously sustained a DUI conviction within the last 10 years, a second conviction could result in the following consequences:

  • Maximum of 2 years of jail time and probation
  • 100 hours of community service
  • A fine between $1,000 and $4,000
  • A minimum 45-day license suspension
  • At least 3 years required use of ignition interlock devices

For each subsequent DUI conviction you sustain, the potential consequences will only grow, so you should reach out to one of our skilled Hartford County criminal defense attorneys today.

How can a Hartford County criminal defense attorney help you?

Whatever your perception of the U.S. legal system, you always have the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. It does not matter whether you face DUI charges for the first time or the fourth, you have inalienable rights bestowed upon you by the Constitution. However, the legal system will not treat you lightly. A seasoned criminal defense attorney has a range of defenses he or she can use on your behalf. For example, the testing equipment may not have been properly calibrated and can’t be relied upon. The same may be true of the field sobriety test, which relies on law enforcement’s observations, which may also be flawed. If nothing else, a qualified legal professional will look over the circumstances of your case and help make sure that the police followed the legal requirements. If not, a judge may reduce or dismiss your charges.

Don’t face prosecutors alone.

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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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