You can be charged with DUI even if you don’t feel drunk or cause an accident. Recent years have seen an increase in strict laws enacted and harsh punishments mandated. A blood alcohol level (BAC) of .08 is enough to get you arrested and charged.
Penalties can include not only embarrassment, but fines, higher insurance rates, jail time, and license suspension. Perhaps the greatest risk is having a “prior”, should you get in trouble in the future. This would greatly increase the penalties the next time.
The best solution is to hire a dedicated DUI attorney who will attempt to:
Even if you refused to take a blood or breath test, there may be enough other evidence against you to convict you. Your license will be suspended if you have been charged. You have only a few days to request a DMV hearing to prevent suspension. Call our office immediately at 1-860-388-3048 or after hours 1-860-227-2898 and we will advise you on what to do.
Regardless of the evidence against you, there are useful defenses available. The prosecution knows they must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt if we demand a trial. Did the police have reasonable suspicion to pull you over? Were they properly trained in administering field sobriety tests or breath tests? Missteps by the prosecutor can also prompt the judge to throw out your case.
Contact a drunk driving lawyer in Middlesex, New London, New Haven, and Hartford County, Connecticut. Our office is conveniently located at 222 Old Boston Post Road in Old Saybrook, CT, at the corner of Old Boston Post Road and Route 1. Call 860-388-3048 for a free consultation.