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The possible penalties for a 1st DUI conviction in Connecticut include:
The possible penalties for a 2nd DUI conviction in Connecticut include:
The possible penalties for a 3rd DUI conviction, within 10 years of last conviction, in Connecticut include:
Additionally, after a DUI conviction you will have to pay court fees and costs, face a period of probation, and possible counseling.
No. Before a DMV suspension is effective you are entitled to a hearing which is conducted before the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. The hearing is administrative in nature, and it may occur at a branch office of the DMV or at a municipal building utilized by the DMV. Although every person who fails or refuses a chemical alcohol test is entitled to a hearing, the hearing is not scheduled automatically and instead must be specifically requested. Failure to request a hearing in a timely manner will result in a waiver of the hearing and a suspension of the operators permit.
It depends on your age and the number of times you have been convicted of refusing to take a sobriety test (The following are current as of July, 2011):
Drivers Age 21 and over:
Drivers Age 18-20
Drivers Age 16-17
Drivers Age 16-17 with BAC of at least 0.2 but less than .16:
Drivers Age 16-17 with BAC of 0.16 or greater
Drivers Age 18-20 and BAC of at least 0.2 but less than .16:
Drivers Age 18-20 with BAC of 0.16 or greater
Drivers Age 21 and Older with BAC of at least 0.8 but less than .16:
Drivers Age 21 and Older with BAC of .16 or greater
However if a driver is CRIMINALLY CONVICTED of DUI the following mandatory license suspensions apply in addition to the administrative penalties imposed by the DMV (These suspensions apply to drivers of any age):
If this your first DUI before you may be eligible to use the Alcohol Education Program (AEP). To apply for this program you will be required to state under oath that you have never been convicted of driving under the influence in Connecticut or any other state AND you have never used the alcohol education program before. If you are granted admission to this program your case will normally be continued for one year. During this period of time you would be required to attend educational classes and possibly additional substance abuse counseling. The cost and duration of the program is based on the level of alcohol in your system at the time of the arrest. If you successfully complete the program the charge will be dismissed.
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