Defending against allegations of drunk driving in Connecticut
Many individuals do not consider driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs to be a serious crime. This is a mistake, however, as Connecticut laws set out extremely serious penalties for you if you are convicted of DUI. A DUI conviction can affect many aspects of your life, including your freedom, finances, and employment opportunities. In addition to being extremely embarrassing, DUI cases are more complicated than you probably think because you will face not only a court case but also an administrative case with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). These cases are also often time-sensitive; therefore, it is imperative that you contact a skilled DUI defense lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest on suspicion of DUI.
Our Connecticut criminal defense attorneys understand how to skillfully handle all aspects of your DUI case, so call Koffsky & Felsen, LLC in Connecticut at 203-327-1500 as soon as possible.
DUI convictions have serious penalties
Of course, the specific penalties for a DUI conviction will depend upon the circumstances of your case. The following are some examples of penalties you may face from both the court and the DMV:
Fines and court costs
- Jail sentence
- Suspension of your driver's license
- Mandatory alcohol evaluation and/or treatment
- Ignition interlock device installed on your vehicle
- Community service
The penalties can be greater due to many factors, including particularly high blood alcohol content (BAC), underage DUI, or causing accidents with property damage, injury, or death. In addition, the penalties substantially increase if you have previous DUI convictions on your criminal record. For example, for a second offense, you may be sentenced to up to two years in jail and face fines up to $4,000. For a third offense, you may face up to three years in jail and the permanent loss of your Connecticut driver's license. For this reason, it is always best to avoid even one conviction whenever possible.
We can build an effective defense in your DUI case
Fortunately, with the assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney, there are numerous ways to defend against DUI allegations in Connecticut. Some possible defenses may include:
- Your poor driving was not due to intoxication.
- Your appearance of intoxication (red eyes, flushed face) was due to other factors such as illness, allergies, fatigue, or medication.
- The officer was not adequately trained in field sobriety testing or did not administer the tests correctly.
- The breath test equipment was faulty or not properly calibrated.
- The forensic lab mishandled your blood test sample resulting in inaccurate results.
These are only a few examples of possible legal defenses, and an attorney will identify the defenses available for you depending on the specific circumstances of your case. You will also be eligible for the Alcohol Education Program if you are a first-time offender.
Do not delay in calling a Connecticut DUI defense lawyer if you have been arrested
At Koffsky & Felsen, LLC, we take every DUI case seriously and tenaciously strive for the most favorable results for every client in both the DMV hearing and the criminal case. Our attorneys have extensive experience in the legal field and devote their practice to vigorously defending the rights of people accused of criminal offenses. We take a rigorous 360-degree approach to defending the rights of individuals facing Connecticut criminal charges.To schedule a consultation, call Koffsky & Felsen, LLC in Connecticut today at 203-327-1500.