An Introduction to DUI

The purpose of the DUI Survival Guide is to illuminate what happens when you are arrested for DUI in the state of Connecticut. The more familiar you are with the criminal justice system and the related environment, the more you can break down various myths, ease your mind, and get you focused on what is most important: getting your life back. The best way to benefit from this book is to read it from cover to cover. However, if you need to just get information from a specific chapter, that is acceptable. Reading through this book will give you the perspective necessary to understand the various aspects of your DUI case.

To begin, most of my clients have never been arrested and charged with a crime. Despite the common occurrence of DUI arrests, people accused of driving under the influence are decent, law-abiding citizens who have never been in trouble before. It is key to remember from the outset that DUI is an incredibly complex area of law to understand. Also, the stakes for defendants are high in comparison to other crimes. Therefore, navigating the criminal justice system is intimidating and you are most likely emotional and deeply concerned about your future. It is perfectly normal given what just happened. Being accused of a crime is a stress-inducing process that terrifies most; it is the recognition of the seriousness of the situation. Your job, home, and family could be at stake. Even the best attorneys walking the face of the Earth get nervous before going to court for trial.