DUI Facts

Connecticut DUI law can seem complicated. Learn about 10 important things to know about Connecticut DUI here.

  1. If you refuse to take a breath test, you violate implied consent laws. This means that your license will automatically get suspended, regardless of the verdict in your Connecticut DUI case.
  2. There are two hearings involved in a DUI – the court hearing and the DMV hearing.
  3. The court hearing will determine if you are guilty or innocent of driving under the influence. The DMV hearing will determine if your license will get suspended.
  4. Most lawyers believe that they can’t win the DMV hearing and don’t even bother showing up. What they don’t realize is that some DMV hearings can be won and you won’t know until you try. Always attend the DMV hearing!
  5. The DMV hearing and court hearing ruling are independent of one another.
  6. If you are a first time offender, you are eligible for the Alcohol Education Program (AEP).
  7. If you get arrested for a Connecticut DUI, your car might get impounded.
  8. You will have points issued against your driver’s license if you get convicted of a Connecticut DUI.
  9. Standardized field sobriety tests do not always work properly. Inform a DUI lawyer of the circumstances of the tests you performed – they could get thrown out of court if police did not perform them correctly.
  10. In Connecticut, you can get arrested for driving other vehicles while impaired, such as boating while intoxicated (BWI).