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Region 3 State delegate Leader

Mar. 25th 2014

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Attorney Jay Ruane has been names the district coordinator for region 3 of the National College for DUI Defense

 

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Mar. 25th 2014

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Should I Tell My Boss About My DUI?

Feb. 28th 2014

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Discussing a DUI can be embarrassing and painful.  If you have been convicted of a DUI, you might be tired of explaining what happened to your friends and family.  However, the question of whether to talk to your boss about your DUI is an important one that you should consider carefully.  Although you might not want to talk about the DUI, depending on your job and your contract, you might have to inform your boss of your DUI.  This article will help you to determine if you have to tell your boss about your DUI, and if you don’t have to, if it is in your best interest to tell him or her about it anyway.

In most cases, you will not be required to tell your boss that you have received a DUI.  However, each job and job contract is different, so think back to your contract.  For instance, if you are a pilot, you will definitely have to inform your employer of your DUI because this is in your contract.  If you are performing another job where in your contract it states that you have to inform your boss of any crimes or arrests, you will have to do so.  Not telling your employer about your DUI can result in employment sanctions or even the termination of your job.  In order to avoid these consequences, be sure to alert your boss to your DUI as soon as it happens.

If your contract does not say that you have to tell your boss about your DUI, you are under no obligation to tell your boss about your DUI.  However, if your boss asks you about your criminal history or if he or she specifically asks you if you have recently gotten a DUI, it might be in your best interest to tell the truth.  Lying to your boss will seem irresponsible and could affect your job security.  It is best to be open about the mistakes that you have made and seek to prove that you are still a good employee.

Your decision to tell your employer about your DUI conviction will depend on both your job and what your job contract looks like.  In some cases, for instance if you are a teacher, a truck driver with a commercial license, or a pilot, you will have to inform your employer of your DUI conviction.  However, if your job contract does not say that you have to inform your boss of your conviction, you will not be forced to.  Regardless, it still might be a good idea to tell your boss about the DUI.  You will have to determine if for your individual case it is the best idea for you to tell your boss about your DUI.  If you are unsure as to your best course of action, contact Ruane Attorneys here for free legal advice.

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CT DMV Hearing Locations

Feb. 21st 2014

If you have been charged with a DUI, you will have to appear both in the Connecticut Superior Court and at a DMV hearing.  If you do not schedule a hearing with the DMV, your license will automatically be suspended and you will not be able to drive in the state of Connecticut.  You can schedule a DMV hearing at the following locations:

Bridgeport

Wethersfield

Old Saybrook

Waterbury

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Definition of “operation” for motor vehicles

Jan. 10th 2014

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Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol can lead to serious consequences, such as hefty fines, license suspensions, and even jail time.  Still, you do not actually have to be driving a motor vehicle in order to be charged with operating under the influence.  The definition of operating a vehicle is broader than the definition of driving.  Understanding this definition can help you to avoid being charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

The definition of “operation” in regards to motor vehicles can vary from state to state.  In the state of Connecticut, “operation” refers to any action that intentionally could set the motor power of the vehicle in motion.  This can refer to doing something as simple as putting your car key in the ignition or starting the engine with a remote.  Using any mechanical or electrical agency that could start the vehicle is considered “operating” the vehicle.  This is an extremely broad definition, because you do not actually need to have the intent to start the engine of the car.  Sitting in the car and putting a key in the ignition is enough to be considered “operating” the vehicle in court.  As a result, if you are intoxicated and are charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, you could face fines and a license suspension.  While operating under the influence is not necessarily driving under the influence, you could still be charged and brought to court.

If you are charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, you will want to find a lawyer who specializes in cases similar to your own.  The experience that these lawyers have will help you with your case.  They can make sure that you are being charged with the correct crime, and not driving under the influence if you could only technically be charged with operating under the influence.  It is best not to get into a car at all if you have been drinking, because even if you aren’t driving or if you have no intention to drive, you can still be charged with operating a vehicle under the influence.  To discuss your case, you can contact an experienced attorney at Ruane Attorneys by clicking here.

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Restoring a Suspended License

Nov. 15th 2013

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If you are convicted of a DUI, you will have your license suspended in the state of Connecticut by the DMVIf you are facing your first offense, your license will be suspended for one year.  If it is your second offense, your license will be suspended for two years.  If you have three offenses, you will not be able to get your license back.  However, if you are facing your first or second offense, and the appropriate amount of time has passed, you can get your license back.  This article will outline how you can get your license back if it has been suspended due to a DUI.

Towards the end of your license suspension, you will have to apply to have your license restored.  You can call (860) 263-5720 for information about having your license restored and what forms you need to sign.  Also make a formal request by mailing an application to:

Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles

Driver Services Division

60 State St

Wethersfield CT, 06161– 2525

You will have to send the DMV a fee of $125 as well as a form.  Keep in mind that you cannot start driving again once you send in this application.  You must first hear back from the DMV, even if the amount of time that your license was suspended for is over.  Until you have been approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles, you should not begin driving.  If you are pulled over by the police, it will show up that your license is still suspended.

You will also want to alert your car insurance company to the fact that you have received a DUI and that you are getting your license back.  Because a DUI will go on your permanent record, your insurance company will be able to look this information up.  Your insurance will probably increase once the company learns that you have a DUI on your driving record.  The amount of money that your insurance will be increased by will vary, but it will probably be around $3,000-6,000 per year. 

If your license has been suspended, you will most likely be able to get it back once the suspension is over.  There should not be a problem with your application once the suspension is over.  However, if you do not want to wait until the suspension is over, you can appeal it.  While there is no guarantee that you will win the appeal, you can try.  Hire a DUI lawyer to help you appeal to the DMV – because these appeals are complex, there is a chance that a DUI lawyer can help you have a court end the suspension and get your license back.  Talk to a DUI lawyer about your chances of getting a suspension appealed and start building a case if you feel that you want to try to do this.  For further assistance from experienced DUI lawyers, you can contact Ruane Attorneys by clicking here.

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Ignition Interlock Program Requirements

Oct. 25th 2013

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If you are caught drinking and driving, one punishment you can face is having an ignition interlock device installed in your car.  This device will lock your steering wheel when you get into your car.  In order to start your car, you have to blow into a tube that will read your blood alcohol contentIf your blood alcohol content level is lower than the state limit, the device will recognize this, and your car will start.  However, if your blood alcohol content level is too high, the device will continue to lock your steering wheel, and you will not be able to drive.  In order to participate in this program, you must fulfill certain requirements.

In the state of Connecticut, if you want to participate in the ignition interlock program, you will first have to send $175 to the Department of Motor Vehicles.  This money will be used for the required restoration fee.  You also have to be able to prove that you have a valid license and registration.  This means that if your license is currently suspended, you won’t be able to apply for the program until the suspension is over.  You can only apply to the ignition interlock program if you have been convicted of Vehicular Manslaughter, Vehicular Assault, or an OUI.  You must also have served the required license suspension for each of these crimes, respectively.  For Vehicular Manslaughter, this suspension is for one year, for Vehicular Assault, the suspension lasts one year, and for an OUI, the license suspension is 45 days.  All license suspension issues must be resolved before you can apply to the program.

An administration fee of $100 should be submitted, as well as the first part of the Ignition Interlock Device Installation Application.  This can be sent to:

        Department of Motor Vehicles

        Driver Services Division

        60 State Street

        Wethersfield, Connecticut 06161-2525 

If you are approved to become part of the program, an ignition interlock device must be installed on all vehicles that you own.  If you want to install a device on a car that you do not own, the owner must fill out an additional application.

The length of time that you must use the ignition interlock device will vary based on the crime you have committed.  In most cases, you will have to use this device every time you drive for the first year after your license suspension has been lifted.  The ignition interlock device will be required as soon as your license suspension is lifted, so plan ahead and begin your application towards the end of your suspension.  Complying with the ignition interlock program is in your best interest because if you do not, you could have your license taken away again.  If you have any questions concerning the ignition interlock program, you can contact the DMV or our experienced lawyers at Ruane Attorneys.

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Connecticut DUI Attorney Jay Ruane talks about why you should hire a dedicated DUI defense lawyer for your case

Sep. 19th 2013

Connecticut defense lawyer and executive board member of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association Jay Ruane talks about why you need a DUI lawyer on your side when facing a Connecticut case. Attorney Ruane has a perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo, a top impartial legal ratings website and has been reviewed by satisfied clients.

 

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Avvo Rating 10!

Aug. 30th 2013

Attorney James O. Ruane, the head of our DUI defense practice has been awarded an Avvo rating of 10 out of 10.

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DUI Arrests in Connecticut – Meriden Courthouse

Jul. 9th 2013

The Meriden Courthouse in Connecticut handles arrests that take place in Cheshire, Hamden, Meriden, North Haven and Wallingford.

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The Connecticut town of Cheshire has processed 9 people for DUI arrests in the last 12 months, according to Connecticut Judicial Department records.

The Connecticut town of Hamden has processed 41 people for DUI arrests in the last 12 months, according to Connecticut Judicial Department records.

The Connecticut city of Meriden has processed 120 people for DUI arrests in the last 12 months, according to Connecticut Judicial Department records.

The Connecticut town of North Haven has processed 82 people for DUI arrests in the last 12 months, according to Connecticut Judicial Department records.

The Connecticut town of Wallingford has processed 173 people for DUI arrests in the last 12 months, according to Connecticut Judicial Department records.

This data points to a correlation between town population and the number of DUI arrests.  The number of arrests increases as a town’s population increases.  For further information, you can contact Ruane Attorneys here.

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