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Long-term consequences associated with drunk driving convictions

Seeing those blue lights come on in your rear-view mirror can be an unnerving experience even under the best of circumstances, but if Connecticut law enforcement officers stop you and charge you with drunk driving, your whole life can change as a result. Attorney Joseph J. Colarusso understands that a Connecticut driving while intoxicated conviction brings with it substantial penalties, and that some of the hardships you will face after a drunk driving conviction can haunt you for quite some time.

Can an ignition interlock device benefit me?

If you have been convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol in Connecticut, the consequences you are facing could vary depending on the severity of your offense. Some of the requirements you have may be paying a fine, attending an educational program to inform about the dangers of DUI or the implementation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. The benefits of the latter suggestion can actually be quite advantageous for you if you use the technology correctly and use its presence as a measure of your accountability. 

Know the difference: suspension and conviction

Connecticut law assumes that driving is a privilege granted under certain conditions. Specifically, you have already given your consent to submit to a blood alcohol concentration test when you drive on a public roadway. At the offices of Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, we understand that this can sometimes feel like a violation of basic rights. We are prepared to mount administrative and criminal defenses on our clients' behalf to attempt to get their driving privileges reinstated.

Can you be charged with DUI while not driving?

It seems pretty simple to evade a DUI. If you happen to be intoxicated and in your vehicle, you just pull over and park. However, Connecticut case law has established that police, under certain circumstances, may still arrest and charge a person with being under the influence even if the person is not actually driving on the road. This cannot happen under a DUI, but it may under an OUI, also known as operating under the influence.

What are the long-term consequences of DUI convictions?

If a court were to convict you — or if you were to plead guilty — to a DUI charge in Connecticut, you would probably face a number of consequences. Some of these could last quite a long time. What they are exactly, and how long they follow you through your life, could depend largely on what you did before, during and after your involvement with the court.

How much does a Connecticut DUI affect auto insurance rates?

A Connecticut driving under the influence conviction can make your life exponentially harder, potentially impacting everything from how you get around to whether you are able to find a job and earn a living. While the criminal repercussions associated with drinking and driving in this state are extensive, your DUI can also impact your life negatively in other ways. Attorney Joseph J. Colarusso recognizes that automotive insurance rates often rise sharply following a DUI conviction, and he has helped many people charged with drinking and driving defend themselves in the hope of avoiding such convictions.

A closer look at Connecticut’s ignition interlock device program

Losing your Connecticut driver’s license can make it hard to find and maintain gainful employment, and unfortunately, you can face additional hardships for some time even after you get your license back. Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, recognizes that many Connecticut residents must have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles as part of the license reinstatement process, and he has helped many clients navigate this and related hurdles associated with regaining the right to drive.

What is a SCRAM bracelet?

After convicting you of a DUI in Connecticut, the courts want to ensure that you refrain from driving under the influence in the future. According to FindLaw, it is common for judges to order certain DUI offenders, particularly those who have demonstrated a severe alcohol problem, not to drink any alcohol. In the past, however, it has been difficult to enforce those orders. Monitoring for alcohol consumption required burdensome alcohol tests on a frequent basis that were inconvenient for everyone. 

Defining intoxicated manslaughter

Although manslaughter results in the death of a human being, the Legal Dictionary explains that manslaughter is not the same as murder. Murder requires the perpetrator to have acted with a malicious intention, while manslaughter, while it can also be intentional, includes other circumstances that may have provoked the killing other than malice. When it comes to intoxicated manslaughter, alcohol is the culprit for instigating the death of a person in Connecticut and can carry stiff penalties.

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