Multiple DUI Convictions Carry Big Penalties
Criminal penalties for a second or third DUI conviction in Connecticut are serious: they can include prison terms, fines, and license suspensions. A second DUI arrest carries specific requirements for driving with an ignition interlock device if you wish to retain your driving privileges. If you have been charged with a second or third DUI, contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that your rights are represented in court.
A second time offender is required to drive with an interlock device for three years. During the first year, the individual can only drive to school, work, an interlock service center, or an alcohol or drug abuse treatment facility. A second or subsequent offense requires the offender to submit to a drug or alcohol abuse assessment program and may be mandated by the court to attend a treatment program.
If arrested for a third or subsequent DUI arrest, the DMV will revoke your license. A convicted individual can have that license restored after two years, so long as certain conditions are met and the driver does not appear to be a danger to public safety.
If charged and required to drive with an interlock device in your vehicle, you must adhere to using this device each time you drive. Prison terms and fines may be incurred if you do not comply with the interlock device rules.Hiring an attorney to help you understand the process of a DUI charge is extremely helpful from the outset so that you are clear on expectations and possible punishments. An experienced attorney will also be familiar with how to explore the circumstances surrounding your arrest, e.g. whether you were tested and treated properly during the DUI stop, which could be critical for your case. If you have been charged with a second or subsequent DUI, don’t leave your future to chance. Hire a Connecticut criminal defense attorney today.