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Reviewing drunk driving statistics in Connecticut

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.3 million drivers were taken into custody for driving while intoxicated in 2012. When a driver is arrested for DUI, the consequences could permanently alter the course of their life. For example, someone may lose their job or face social stigma (not to mention prison time and steep fines). The laws vary in different states, so it is vital for drivers who have been arrested in Stamford to understand where Connecticut stands with regard to DUI. Furthermore, taking a look at drunk driving statistics provides a better understanding of just how many drivers are dealing with this firsthand.

On their site, the Connecticut Judicial Branch published a fact sheet that provides a surprising look at DUI cases in the state between fiscal years 1999/2000 and 2014/2015. In fiscal year 1999/2000, Connecticut saw more than 11,800 DUI cases, 5,734 of which were dismissed and 5,226 of which resulted in drivers who were found guilty. In fiscal year 2004/2005, there were 13,186 DUI cases (7,834 dismissed, 4,011 guilty and ten not guilty). Over the course of fiscal year 2014/2015, there were a total of 10,438 DUI cases (6,204 dismissed, 3,327 guilty and three not guilty). Also, it is important to note that in Connecticut, those charged with DUI for the first time can take an educational program which results in dismissal of the case once completed.

Each year, thousands of drivers in Connecticut are charged with driving under the influence. For people in this position, understanding the best path forward and carefully examining all options is absolutely essential.

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