Sometimes Connecticut residents travel to other states, like Delaware, for business or pleasure and have the unfortunate luck to be charged with a DUI. If this happens to you, you should first find a qualified DUI lawyer in Delaware, but you should also be aware of how Connecticut’s DMV will treat you upon your return.
Delaware DUI Penalties
If you have been convicted of a DUI in Delaware, you would be convicted of violating section § 4177 of Delaware statutes.
In Delaware, the penalties for DUI can range depending on the number of prior DUI offenses you have.
First offense: The first offense for a DUI in the state of Delaware will result in a fine between $230 and $1,150 or imprisonment for six months or less. In some cases, the penalty for this offense is both imprisonment and a fine. You will also have to take an alcohol evaluation and rehabilitation that could include confinement, although confinement is not to exceed six months. In some cases, imprisonment may be suspended.
Second offense: This offense carries a fine of $575, a jail sentence of no less than 60-days and no more than 18 months. The minimum jail sentence for this offense may not be suspended.
Third offense: This offense carries a fine of $1,000-$3,000 and a jail sentence of no less than one year but no more than two years. The first three months of this sentence cannot be suspended.
Fourth/subsequent offense: This offense carries a fine of $2,000-$6,000, and a jail sentence of no less than two years and no more than five years. The first six months of this jail sentence cannot be suspended.
If you are a Connecticut resident who has been charged with or convicted of DUI in Delaware, you should be aware that there are repercussions on your Connecticut license in your home state in addition to any license impact in Delaware as set forth above.
After hiring a Delaware DUI lawyer to help you fight your DUI, you should consider contacting a Connecticut DUI lawyer like our firm with experience in interstate DMV consequences or asking us to assist you in retaining one for your home state consequences.