Sometimes Connecticut residents travel to other states, like Vermont, 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 Vermont, but you should also be aware of how Connecticut’s DMV will treat you upon your return.
Vermont DUI Penalties
If you have been convicted of a DUI in Vermont, you would be convicted of violating Title 23, Chapter 13, Section 1201 of the Vermont statutes.
In Vermont, the penalties for DUI can range depending on the number of prior DUI offenses you have.
First offense: This conviction carries a 90-day suspension of your license, but if you refuse to take a breath test, your license suspension can increase to six months. You will also receive a $750 fine, and a jail sentence of up to two years, although a first offense carries no statutory minimum sentence.
Second offense: This conviction carries an eighteen-month license suspension, a jail sentence of up to two years, and a fine of $1,500. The minimum sentence for a second offense is 60 hours in jail, 200 hours of community service, or completion of an alcohol treatment program at your own expense.
Third offense/subsequent offenses: This conviction is considered a felony. It carries a lifetime license suspension (although after three years you can apply for a reinstatement program), a jail sentence of up to five years and a fine of $2,500. The minimum sentence for a third offense is 100 hours in prison, 400 hours of community service, or completion of an alcohol treatment program at your own expense.
If you are a Connecticut resident who has been charged with or convicted of DUI in Vermont, you should be aware that there are repercussions on your Connecticut license in your home state in addition to any license impact in Vermont as set forth above.
After hiring a Vermont 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.