In Connecticut, the legal blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 for most drivers. At Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, we know that alcohol will affect people differently based on a variety of factors, including age. As scientific data and studies support, older Americans are prone to feeling the effects of drinking sooner than younger people will.
Party-goers in Stamford, Connecticut, likely know that driving while under the influence is an issue among those who go out for social drinking. While drunk driving charges can be damaging on their own, the other consequences that can arise from drinking and driving can be even worse. The effects of these bad decisions can last a long time.
Every winter in Stamford, people come together with friends and family to celebrate the end of the year and ring in a brand new year. Both formal and impromptu parties are held all across Connecticut for a night of New Year’s Eve fun. The countdown to midnight oftentimes goes hand in hand with a champagne toast. The nature of the festivities prompts the Connecticut State Police to ramp up its presence on the highways, searching for drivers who are speeding, not paying attention to the road or not wearing their seatbelts. In addition, state troopers increase efforts to arrest people they believe are driving while intoxicated. In a released statement, state officials said they intend to use DUI sobriety checkpoints and other methods this holiday season to find drivers who have been drinking. During similar efforts during the 2012 holiday season, Connecticut State Police made 73 DUI arrests and issued numerous tickets for speeding.
Anyone who is facing drunk driving charges, especially in a situation where he or she have had prior offenses, can often face a high level of discrimination from the public, the media and even some law enforcement. The penalties in Connecticut for DUI or DWI charges can be very strict but there are some options for fighting them or having charges reduced as the laws in this area involve several nuances.