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What is a Major Driving Offense In Connecticut?

A major driving offense is any moving violation that can or does results in serious bodily injury or death. These offenses are typically classified as felonies or misdemeanors and are punishable by jail time and serious fines.

Some of the most common major driving offenses in Connecticut include:

  • DUI/DWI
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Evading responsibility (hit and run)
  • Reckless driving
  • Engaging in police pursuit

Penalties for Major Traffic Offenses in Connecticut

The penalties for a major traffic offense in Connecticut will depend on the specific offense committed, as well as the severity of the resulting damages. However, all major driving offenses are considered felonies or misdemeanors and carry significant penalties.

  • For example, a first offense DUI is punishable by up to 6 months in jail, 2 days of which are a mandatory minimum (unless you choose to do 100 hours of community service instead), and a mandatory $500 fine. A second offense DUI involves a mandatory 120 days in jail, and a third or subsequent offense DUI involves a mandatory year in jail, in additional to enhanced fines, suspended time, and probation.
  • Evading responsibility resulting in serious bodily injury is punishable by up to five years in jail, and resulting in death  . A hit and run that results in property damage is anpunishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • Reckless driving is punishable by up to three months in jail and a $500 fine.
  • Street racing is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

,Get help now

The penalties for major traffic offenses are significant and can have a lasting impact offenseon your life. If you have been charged with a major traffic offense, it is important to seek experienced legal representation as soon as possible.

An experienced traffic attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you of your best legal options. Additionally, an attorney can help negotiate with prosecutors on your be majorhalf and ensure that you receive a fair trial. If you have been charged with a major traffic offense, contact an experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney today.

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