Repeat Offender & Felony DUI

In the state of Connecticut, fines, jail time and license suspension penalties increase if you are convicted of an additional DUI within 10 years of your first. You may also be required to install an ignition interlock device for a period of 24 months after your license has been reinstated.

The Law Office of Joseph J. Colarusso protects the rights of repeat and felony drunk driving offenders by working with the court to reduce the charges or sentence against them. Mr. Colarusso is prepared to challenge unconstitutional car stops and malfunctioning breathalyzers when the facts of a case recommend doing so. As a former prosecutor, he is familiar with proper police procedure in administering a field sobriety test and what factors must be present in order to properly pull a car over.

Don't lose your license for good or spend months or years in jail. To schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your repeat or felony DUI case, contact felony DUI lawyer Joseph J. Colarusso today.

Penalties For Repeat And Felony DUI

  • Second DUI Conviction: If convicted for drunk driving within ten years of your first DUI conviction, you face a fine between $1,000 and $4,000; a minimum of 120 days in jail with the possibility of serving up to two years; 100 hours of community service; and a three-year license suspension.
  • Third DUI Conviction: If convicted for a third DUI within a 10-year period from your first DUI conviction, you face a fine between $2,000 and $8,000; a mandatory jail sentence of one year with the possibility of serving three years; 100 hours of mandatory community service; and the permanent revocation of your license.

Repeat DUI Offenders And The Ignition Interlock Device

An ignition interlock device (IID) attaches to your car and functions like a breathalyzer. Before your car will start, you must blow into the device. If it measures a blood alcohol content (BAC) over .025, it will not start. Once your car starts, you will be required to periodically blow into the ignition interlock device as you drive. Participation in the IID program is available to many second DUI offenders and helps minimize the potential consequences they face.

In order to qualify for the IID program, the DMV must select you as a viable candidate one year before the reactivation of your license and an application must be completed. After the installation of the IID, the DMV will inspect it and verify that it is in good working order. The IID program requires participants to bring their car to the installer once every 60 days to ensure the IID is properly calibrated.

Talk To A Lawyer Today

The consequences of a repeat or felony DUI are substantial. If convicted, your criminal record, insurance premiums, credit history and job could all be impacted. To discuss your rights and the options available to you, contact felony DUI defense attorney Joseph J. Colarusso today to schedule a free consultation.