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Reviewing DUI laws in Connecticut

From fines and license suspension to jail time and other penalties, the consequences of a DUI conviction can permanently alter the course of someone's life. In Stamford, Connecticut, those who are facing a DUI charge should understand the severity of their situation and closely evaluate their options. Also, whether someone is preparing their case for court or interested in avoiding drunk driving charges in the first place, it is important to understand the DUI laws in Connecticut.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, Connecticut has an implied consent law. Under the law, every driver in the state presumably consents to blood alcohol tests every time they get behind the wheel. Drivers who are 21 years old or older are legally intoxicated if their BAC level is .08 or higher, while drivers who are under the age of 21 are legally intoxicated if their BAC level is .02 or greater. Furthermore, an individual apprehended for operating under the influence will have the vehicle towed at his or her expense.

Additional information concerning DUI laws in the state are found on the Connecticut General Assembly's site. According to the CGA, those charged with DUI for the first time are only allowed to operate vehicles equipped with an ignition interlock device for a year after the end of their license suspension. Furthermore, a second-time offender is only allowed to operate a vehicle if they are heading to an alcohol or drug treatment program, service center for their interlock device, school or work for three years after their suspension ends.

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