When your driving privileges are threatened by a charge of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OUI), a prompt and vigorous defense must be made. The accomplished trial attorneys at MeehanLaw, LLC in Westport have decades of experience handling Fairfield County drunk driving allegations. We investigate the facts thoroughly and identify ways that you might be able to defeat the case or reduce the penalties faced.
Connecticut imposes harsh penalties for OUI convictions. They depend on the driver’s prior record and, if there was a resulting accident, on the extent of any bodily injuries or property damage. Drivers of at least 21 years of age who are found to have a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 percent or higher face the possibility of:
Drivers who have not yet reached the legal drinking age are considered legally intoxicated when their BAC is 0.02 percent or higher. They face harsher consequences, including a one-year license suspension for a first offense and a two-year suspension for a second.
Certain first-time offenders can have their charges dismissed by completing the state’s Pretrial Alcohol Education Program. Our Westport criminal defense attorneys can advise you about the requirements for program eligibility and completion.
Any driver on a Connecticut road agrees to abide by certain rules, including submission to a sobriety evaluation upon request by a police officer. The punishment for a first refusal is an automatic 45-day license suspension and the installation of an ignition interlock device. On the other hand, consenting to the test may give police the evidence they need to prosecute you for OUI.
However, for an OUI arrest to be valid, law enforcement officers must be able to show that they had reasonable suspicion to justify the decision to stop the car. In addition, there must be probable cause to administer a breathalyzer or other chemical. An error made by law enforcement during the traffic stop, breathalyzer administration or arrest can ruin a prosecutor’s case. We carefully examine all details of the arrest, challenge the results of a sobriety test and call into question any other evidence that may hurt a client.
The experienced litigators at MeehanLaw, LLC in Westport provide strategic defense for clients accused of drunk driving in Connecticut. Call our firm at 203-916-1743 or contact us online to schedule a consultation regarding your DUI issue.