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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.

How a DUI conviction can impact your life

When a resident of Connecticut faces a DUI charge, it's important for them to understand that the consequences of being convicted can be much larger than it first seems. Many people who are convicted of DUI-related charges find their lives changing in ways they never anticipated.

Does a dismissed charge show on my record?

Finding a job, applying for a loan: there are plenty of times when someone might have to run a background check on you. You are not alone in worrying about lost opportunities — that a potential employer might pass you over, that a bank may decide not to invest in you, and so on. Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to the question of whether traces of your dismissed charge might still remain on your record.

What are the consequences of an OUI?

There are both short- and long-term consequences you might face if you were arrested for an OUI in Connecticut. These would depend largely on the time of day or week you were arrested, the situation of your arrest and future legal results of your case. The number of previous arrests you had would also probably factor into the eventual outcome.

What penalties do Connecticut’s underage OUI offenders face?

If you are under 21 and receive a charge of operating under the influence in Connecticut, or conversely, if you have a child charged with OUI in Connecticut, you may have concerns about the possible penalties you, he or she may face if convicted. Authorities do not have to prove that you have a particular amount of alcohol in your body to file such a charge against you or your underage child – instead, they simply must prove that you are under the influence enough for your driving ability to suffer.

What to know about Connecticut’s ignition interlock device laws

If you are a Connecticut resident who has your driver’s license suspended because of one of several particular vehicular-related crimes, you will typically have to install what is known as an ignition interlock device on your vehicle for a given period. In addition to having to do so at your own expense, you will have to blow into the device every time you want to start your car to demonstrate your sobriety, which can prove timely, inefficient and embarrassing. Attorney Joseph J. Colarusso recognizes the considerable toll a drunk driving or other vehicular criminal conviction can have on your life, and he has helped many people facing similar circumstances defend themselves and minimize the damage done to their lives.

Factors that can impact Breathalyzer accuracy

If you are driving in Connecticut and you catch a glimpse of those blue lights swirling in your rear-view mirror, your heart may drop into your chest, even if you do not believe you have done anything wrong. If the law enforcement official proceeds to administer a breath test because he or she believes you were drinking before getting behind the wheel, your heart may drop even further, because the consequences associated with drinking and driving are substantial. Attorney Joseph J. Colarusso recognizes just how important accurate Breathalyzer readings are when the stakes are so high, and he has helped many Connecticut residents facing DUI charges defend themselves.

Penalties for Connecticut’s repeat DUI offenders

If you live in Connecticut, are facing a driving under the influence charge and already have such a conviction on your record, the harshness of your penalties typically increases alongside the number of convictions you have in your past. Joseph J. Colarusso recognizes the substantial impact multiple DUI convictions can have on your life, and he has helped many clients facing similar circumstances defend themselves and pursue solutions that meet their needs.

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