Connecticut DMV Law Information

Connecticut DMV Law Information

When a person is charged with a DUI, they are facing the administrative suspension of their driver’s license by the Connecticut DMV. This is in addition to the court penalties, and happens much faster than the courthouse operates. In fact, you can lose your license for 90 days or more on the 30th day after your arrest if you do not contest the suspension. At the DMV, the judge presumes your guilt, and requires that you prove that the suspension should be overturned. You are not presumed innocent! By contact Ruane Attorneys, you can take the correct steps to fight your automatic license suspension. We are the only firm in Connecticut with a former DMV hearing officer on staff to review your paperwork and try to find a way to win the suspension hearing.

The 4 elements of a DMV hearing are:

  1. Probable cause- Did the police officer have probable cause to arrest the person for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or both
  2. Lawful arrest- was such person placed under arrest
  3. Over .08/refusal – did such person refuse to submit to such test or analysis or did such person submit to such test or analysis, commenced within two hours of the time of operation, and the results of such test or analysis indicated that such person had an elevated blood alcohol content
  4. Operation- was such person operating the motor vehicle

DMV Penalties

  • 1st offense
    a. Over 21 – ninety days, if such person submitted to a test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that such person had an elevated blood alcohol content, one hundred twenty days, if such person submitted to a test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person was sixteen-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight, or six months if such person refused to submit to such test or analysis
    b. Under 21 – all penalties doubled if under 21
  • 2nd Offense
    a. Over 21 – nine months if such person submitted to a test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that such person had an elevated blood alcohol content, ten months if such person submitted to a test, or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person was sixteen-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight, and one year if such person refused to submit to such test or analysis
    b. Under 21- all penalties doubled if under 21
  • 3rd Offense
    a. over 21 – two years if such person submitted to a test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that such person had an elevated blood alcohol content, two and one-half years if such person submitted to a test or analysis and the results of such test or analysis indicated that the ratio of alcohol in the blood of such person was sixteen-hundredths of one per cent or more of alcohol, by weight, and three years if such person refused to submit to such test or analysis.
    b. under 21- all penalties doubled if under 21