When Homecoming Revelry Results in a Connecticut DUI Charge
Many universities recently celebrated homecoming. Homecoming is a time of year when current university students celebrate the joys of campus life in autumn, that fairest of seasons, and when alumni return to their alma mater to relive glory days, reconnect with friends and former classmates, don school colors, and root for the home team. Tailgating for fall Saturday football games is already a rowdy affair, with revelers often grilling food and enjoying alcoholic beverages before noon. When combined with homecoming celebrations, tailgating can become downright raucous, with alumni consuming alcohol at increased rates.
It’s one thing if you’re a current student and can walk back from the stadium to your dorm or apartment. When you’re no longer a resident of the college town in which you’re celebrating Homecoming, post-tailgating travel involving a vehicle can be problematic. It’s no surprise that a DUI or DWI charge can result during or after Homecoming festivities. If your homecoming return has been soured with a DUI or DWI charge, an experienced Stamford DUI defense attorney will work to protect your legal rights.
Legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) in Connecticut
In Connecticut, as in many states, the legal limit with regard to Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is .08%. Levels exceeding this amount are deemed “elevated” under state law. This designation is important because an “elevated” BAC is one presumed to exert influence on one’s driving abilities. Driving under the influence is, of course, the basis for a DUI charge in Connecticut. Importantly, alcohol is not the only substance that can lead to a DUI charge. Drugs, whether illegal narcotics or legal prescriptions, can also influence one’s driving ability, whether taken alone or combined with alcohol and/or other drugs, to an extent that runs afoul with state law.
What To Do If You Have Been Charged with a DUI or DWI in Connecticut
The consequences of Connecticut DUI or DWI run from serious to severe, depending on BAC, your age, the type of vehicle you were driving, whether you are a minor, whether you were carrying passengers, and whether an accident occurred – especially one causing injuries or even fatalities. Fines, loss of driving privileges, community service, and even jail time are possibilities. As such, it is imperative that you protect your legal rights in a timely fashion. If you have been charged with a DUI or DWI, contact an experienced Stamford DUI defense attorney.