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What can happen when you drive under the influence?

You have enjoyed a nice evening out with friends in Connecticut and you consumed a couple of drinks. While you know you are not completely sober, you also are confident in your ability to get yourself home safely. If the temptation to drive after you have been drinking is looming in your head, you may be interested to learn more about the consequences of this seemingly harmless behavior. 

How ignition interlock devices work

The loss of driving privileges due to a DUI or other violation of state driving laws can feel devastating, and naturally, any Connecticut resident who has gone through the process of having a driver’s license suspended wants to resume their driving privileges as soon as possible. Fortunately, state law does provide a way for drivers who have been convicted of a DUI to prove that they can act responsibly behind the wheel, through the use of an ignition interlock device (IID).  

Are DUI checkpoints considered entrapment?

You have probably seen notifications from news stations or your Connecticut law enforcement about DUI checkpoints. These are when officers set up a roadblock to check drivers for driving under the influence. They are most common around holidays, and they are always announced in some form. Some people have asked the question if this is a form of entrapment, which is illegal under the law, because you would be driving right into a situation where you could possibly go to jail.

Man gets DUI charge after falling asleep at the steering wheel

Many people believe the only way they can receive a DUI charge is by driving while drunk. But there are other ways they can receive a driving while under the influence/impaired charge. Substances that alter a person’s perception, motor skills and cognitive abilities can lead to DUIs too. Anyone who uses medications, narcotic drugs, suffers from certain medical conditions and gets in their vehicles could find themselves dealing law enforcement. 

Drunk driving enforcement to spike over holiday

For many Connecticut residents, having a beer or a glass of wine with friends and family at a holiday meal or celebration is a common thing and widely accepted as a social norm. A good portion of those same residents may also drive themselves to and from their respective events. Neither traffic nor ciminal laws expressly prohibit driving after drinking. The laws only prohibit or criminalize such behaviors if a driver's blood alcohol content is beyond the stated legal limit.

What are the two parts of the DUI law?

Drunk driving laws are often complex. They consider many different aspects, from the type of vehicle being driven to the age of the driver. The blood alcohol content level also plays a very important role. If you are a driver in Connecticut, it is important for you to understand the state's drunk driving laws. There are two main laws that govern this crime.

Man arrested for drunk driving

When a driver in Connecticut is stopped by officers and suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, there are certain procedures that may be followed before the person may be placed under arrest. These may involve the administration of standardized field sobriety tests that are approved for use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

Factors that can impact Breathalyzer accuracy

If a law enforcement official pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving in Connecticut, you will likely be asked to submit to a breath test using a device called a Breathalyzer. Though broadly used, Breathalyzers are not immune to error, and there are numerous factors that can impact their accuracy. Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, has a comprehensive understanding of the outside factors that can make your breath test produce an inaccurate reading, and he has considerable experience in helping Connecticut clients facing drunk driving charges.

Officer suspended with pay after arrest

The thought of being arrested and charged with even one crime let alone multiple criminal offenses can certainly make Connecticut residents concerned. For many people, such a situation may well interfere with their ability to work and earn a living both immediately and in the future if they end up with a criminal conviction on their record. For some, the ability to maintain privacy and avoid an employer knowing about a problem may be possible. For others, this may not be possible.

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