New ignition interlock law in Connecticut

First-time DUI offenders will be required to install ignition interlocks starting in July 2015.

Police across Connecticut have taken a very aggressive approach toward reducing the amount of drunk drivers taking to the state's roadways. In addition to more officers on patrol at in dangerous locations, several law enforcement agencies have set up sobriety checkpoints in some of the most problematic areas.

If a motorist is observed driving under the influence, there are a host of potential penalties that may be handed down. Individuals can expect to lose their license, and, depending upon the circumstances present in their case, could even be facing jail time. Their families will have to devise a strategy to ensure that the individuals have transportation to school or work as necessary. Some people may even lose their jobs because of the DUI, because they need their licenses in order to perform essential job tasks.

Recently, a new rule was passed in Connecticut that will impact motorists convicted of DUI. The law, which goes into effect in July 2015, will require the installation of an ignition interlock device in the vehicles owned by those convicted of DUI, including those first-time DUI offenders.

The interlocks are small devices that prevent an individual from starting his or her vehicle if any alcohol is detected in the person's breath. It may also randomly check these motorists at other times while the vehicle is in operation to ensure that they are still sober.

Officials hope that this new law will help keep drunk drivers off of the roads, as they feel that a license suspension is not a significant deterrent to some individuals. They get back behind the wheel, despite not having their licenses, and in some cases, continue to drink and drive, resulting in accidents and other possible dangers to motorists.

Many people make the mistake of thinking that there is nothing they can do if they are charged with DUI. They plead guilty, and do not contest the punishments that may be handed down. They do not understand that there are steps they can take to defend themselves against these accusations, which may even lead to the charges being dismissed.

If you are arrested for drunk driving, be sure that you reach out to an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. You may not realize all the possible implications of a DUI conviction, and your attorney will be able to explain all the potential penalties that you may be facing.

You might have several questions about the options available to you in your case. Your attorney can help you decide on the approach that you wish to take, which may allow you to protect your driving privileges.

Keywords: DUI, ignition interlock, criminal defense