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Alcohol - DWI Defense in Norwalk

In Connecticut, a DUI/OUI arrest and/or conviction comes with steep consequences. The arrest itself triggers an administrative process that may result in your driver's license being suspended. Then, if you are convicted of the offense, you can face probation, jail time, high fines, and/or a driver's license suspension. The loss of your driving privileges can make it difficult for you to carry out your daily tasks, and a conviction on your criminal record may present professional and social challenges. To minimize or avoid the consequences of an operating under the influence accusation, it's best to handle your case with a skilled attorney on your side.

Backed by over 40 years of legal experience and time served as a police officer, our Norwalk DUI attorney knows how to handle your case. We recognize that good people can make mistakes, which is why we fight aggressively toward preventing those mistakes from having life-altering impacts. At the Law Office of James A. Saraceni, we thoroughly prepare for every case we handle. Working diligently and with persistence, we can build a sound defense and seek the best possible outcome on your behalf.

Speak with us today by calling us at (203) 883-0722 or contacting us online. We offer a free initial consultation.

What Is Connecticut's DUI Law?

The elements of driving under the influence (DUI) are enumerated under CGS § 14-227a. The statute refers to the conduct as operation while under the influence, which is why it is often referred to as an OUI.

A person commits the offense when they: ​​​​​​

  • Operated a motor vehicle: To operate means to make contact or use of any mechanical system in the car that could set the vehicle in motion; and

  • Were under the influence or had an elevated blood alcohol concentration (BAC): A person is considered under the influence if they consumed drugs and/or alcohol and the substance affected their ability to operate the vehicle safely, meaning they were impaired to the point that they could not use the same caution a sober person would have.
  • Having an elevated BAC means that the individual's blood-alcohol ratio was .08 or higher, .04 or higher (if operating a commercial vehicle), or .02 or higher (if under 21 years of age).

What Is the DUI Arrest Process?

A DUI case typically begins with a traffic stop. As long as a police officer has a lawful reason to do so, they can pull someone over. If they suspect that the driver is intoxicated, they could order the individual to participate in roadside sobriety tests or observe other behaviors to gather evidence that the driver is under the influence. Upon doing so, they may arrest the individual.

After the driver is under lawful arrest, the officer may order them to participate in a chemical test. The process involves taking a blood, breath, or urine sample to determine alcohol concentration levels. Under Connecticut's implied consent law, drivers are deemed to have given permission to participate in chemical tests upon a lawful DUI arrest. A driver may refuse, but such action will result in an immediate administrative suspension of their driver's license. Depending on the situation, the suspension can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years.

If the prosecutor believes enough evidence exists to pursue the case, they will file official OUI charges against the driver.

What Are the DUI Conviction Penalties?

The conviction penalties a person may face depend on whether they are a repeat offender.

Potential punishments are as follows:

  • First offense:
    • A fine between $500 and $1,000;
    • A jail term of up to 6 months, with a 48-hour minimum;
    • Probation;
    • 100 hours of community service; and/or
    • A driver's license suspension for 45 days
  • Second offense within 10 years of the previous:
    • A fine between $1,000 and $4,000;
    • A jail term of up to 2 years, with a 120-day minimum;
    • Probation;
    • 100 hours of community service;
    • Drug or alcohol abuse assessment;
    • Substance abuse treatment program; and/or
    • A driver's license suspension for up to 45 days
  • Third and subsequent conviction within 10 years of the previous:
    • A fine between $2,000 and $8,000;
    • A jail term of up to 3 years, with a 1-year minimum;
    • Probation;
    • 100 hours of community service;
    • Drug or alcohol abuse assessment;
    • Substance abuse treatment program; and/or
    • Permanent driver's license revocation

Delivering Aggressive Defense

If you've been accused of operating under the influence, our DUI lawyer in Norwalk can provide tenacious representation. At the Law Office of James A. Saraceni, we will stand by you throughout your case to fight your charge.

Schedule a free consultation by contacting usat (203) 883-0722.

WHY HIRE JAMES A. SARACENI?

  • James A. Saraceni is a former police officer.
  • We offer free consultations to all our clients.
  • Put 40 years of legal experience on your side.
  • We offer flexible appointment hours.
  • We are committed to the best possible outcome.