License Suspension in CT
Defense Attorney for DUI & License Suspension
One of the most well-known penalties that results from DUI is the suspension of your driver’s license. If you are pulled over by law enforcement and either refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test or fail one, your license will be immediately suspended. After this, if you are convicted of a DUI, you may also face an additional license suspension.
The right to drive a motor vehicle is often taken for granted until it is taken away. You need to be able to drive your automobile to go to and from work, perform the functions of your job, take your children to school, and other daily activities. If you are facing the possibility of a license suspension, our Connecticut DUI attorneys can take on your case and fight to either reduce the suspension time or retain your driving privileges altogether.
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What are the Penalties of a License Suspension?
The following are the license suspension penalties you face for a first-time offense:
- 45-day suspension, followed by a 6 month IID Requirement for failing a breathalyzer test with a BAC above.08% provided you are over 21 years of age
- 45-day suspension followed by a 1 year IID Requirement for failing a breathalyzer test with a BAC above.02% provided you are under 21 years of age
- 45-day suspension followed by a 1 year IID Requirement for refusing to submit to a breathalyzer test regardless of age
Aside from the license suspensions for first-time offenses or refusals, repeat offenders or refusers are subjected to increased IID duration. These consequences will impact your insurance rates, ability to retain employment, and the everyday functions of normal life.
Driving on a Suspended License
It can be very tempting for people to drive on a suspended license; however, when they do they are breaking the law. The basic penalties for driving on a suspended license include a fine up to $200, or up to 90 days in jail, or a fine and imprisonment.
Repeat offenders face stiffer penalties. If it’s a second or subsequent violation, a repeat offender faces a fine up to $600, or up to one year in jail, or both. However, if the offender’s license was suspended because of an alcohol-related offense, the law imposes stiffer penalties against the accused.
Helping You Retain Your Driving Privileges
Fortunately, there are legal processes by which you can contest and appeal suspensions, and even methods for obtaining a permit to be able to drive to and from work, and during the course of employment. Our Connecticut DUI lawyers at Steven A. Tomeo & Associates, LLC can help you understand the options available in your case, and will explore all routes that may help you reduce suspension times or completely keep your driving privileges.
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