The High Cost Of Drunk Driving

People convicted of operating under the influence (OUI) in Connecticut face several stiff penalties, including

  • Incarceration
  • Community service
  • Fines
  • Court costs
  • License suspension
  • Increased automobile insurance premiums

The penalties increase dramatically for those who have previous convictions for OUI in Connecticut or any other state.

The Penalties Of Drunk Driving

In addition to the penalties imposed by the court system, those charged with a Connecticut OUI also face administrative suspension by the Department of Motor Vehicles Administrative Per Se Unit. You will be afforded a hearing, for which you may retain an attorney.

If, during your hearing, you are found to have operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or you are found to have refused to submit to blood alcohol testing, you face the following administrative suspension:

Driver's 16 And 17 Years Old

Blood Alcohol LevelFirst OffenseSecond OffenseThird Offense
Refusal to submit to a blood, breath or urine test18 months3 years6 years
Test results of .02 or higher; up to, but not including, .161 year2 years4 years
Test results of .16 or higher1 year30 months5 years

Drivers Between The Ages Of 18 To 20

Blood Alcohol LevelFirst OffenseSecond OffenseThird Offense
Refusal to submit to a blood, breath or urine test1 year2 years6 years
Test results of .02 or higher; up to, but not including, .166 months18 months4 years
Test results of .16 or higher240 days20 months5 years

Drivers 21 Years Old And Older

Blood Alcohol LevelFirst OffenseSecond OffenseThird Offense
Refusal to submit to a blood, breath or urine test6 months1 year3 years
Test results of .08 or higher; up to, but not including, .1690 days9 months2 years
Test results of .16 or higher120 days10 months2 1/2 years

If you are arrested for operating a motor vehicle while your license is suspended in connection with a previous OUI charge, you face mandatory incarceration if convicted.

Don't Face The Consequences Without Getting Counsel

Call the experienced criminal defense lawyers at the Kocian Law Group for advice. Contact us by phone at 860-281-2908 or by email to set up a free consultation. We offer four convenient Connecticut office locations, including Hartford, Waterbury, Manchester and New Britain.