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Connecticut DMV Law Information 2017-05-04T18:03:55+00:00

When a person faces a DUI, they face a license suspension. They face 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. This happens if you do not contest the suspension. Also, at the DMV, the judge presumes your guilt, and requires that you prove that the suspension should get overturned. You do not get the presumption of innocence! So, by contacting 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.

Four Elements of a DMV Hearing:

  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 – did an arrest occur?
  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

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 constituted 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.

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.

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.