Misdemeanor DUI Charges

Misdemeanor DUI Charges In Connecticut: Lets Talk About It

Don’t let the word “misdemeanor” confuse you. A DUI charge is not a minor offense in Connecticut, a misdemeanor charge can have a negative impact on you. At Llinas Law, our seasoned criminal defense attorney, J. Christopher Llinas, handles hundreds of cases like yours every year.  Depending on the actual circumstances surrounding your case, you can even be facing additional jail time, fines or. penalties.

You can be charged with a misdemeanor DUI charge when you operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher, or if you are impaired by alcohol or drugs, even if your BAC is below the legal limit. Refusing to submit to a chemical test (breath, blood, or urine) when requested by law enforcement can also result in a misdemeanor DUI charge.

Negative Impact Of A DUI Conviction

  • Negatively impact your employment prospects and professional licenses
  • Result in increased insurance rates or difficulty obtaining insurance coverage
  • Affect child custody arrangements or visitation rights
  • Limit your ability to travel internationally or secure certain security clearances
  • Damage your personal and professional reputation

Potential Penalties for Misdemeanor DUI Convictions

The penalties for a misdemeanor DUI conviction in Connecticut can be severe, and they escalate with subsequent offenses. Here’s a breakdown of the potential consequences:

First Offense:

  • Up to 6 months in jail
  • Fines ranging from $500 to $1,000
  • 45-day license suspension
  • Mandatory participation in an alcohol education program

Second Offense (within 10 years):

  • Up to 2 years in jail
  • Fines ranging from $1,000 to $4,000
  • 45-day license suspension, followed by 3 years with an ignition interlock device (IID)
  • Possible probation with mandatory alcohol treatment

Third and Subsequent Offenses (within 10 years):

  • Up to 3 years in jail
  • Fines ranging from $2,000 to $8,000
  • Permanent license revocation
  • Probation with mandatory alcohol treatment

Defending Misdemeanor DUI Charges

Every DUI case is unique, and there may be various defenses available depending on the specific circumstances surrounding your arrest. At Llinas Law, our skilled attorney will thoroughly investigate your case and explore potential defenses, such as: Building a Strong Defense Strategy When you choose Llinas Law to represent you in your misdemeanor DUI case, our experienced attorney, J. Christopher Llinas, will thoroughly review every aspect of your arrest and the evidence against you. We’ll explore all potential defenses, including:

  • Challenging the validity of the traffic stop
  • Questioning the accuracy of field sobriety tests or chemical tests
  • Examining the chain of custody for blood or urine samples
  • Presenting evidence of medical conditions that may mimic intoxication
  • Challenging the legality of the traffic stop
  • Questioning the accuracy and administration of field sobriety tests
  • Scrutinizing the calibration and maintenance records of breath test equipment
  • Examining the chain of custody for blood or urine samples
  • Investigating potential violations of your constitutional rights
  • Our firm will also thoroughly review any video footage from dashboard cameras or body cameras, as well as any witness statements or police reports related to your case.

The Importance of Experienced Legal Representation

Facing a misdemeanor DUI charge can be an overwhelming and stressful experience, but you don’t have to deal with the legal system alone. At Llinas Law, we understand the gravity of these charges and the potential impact they can have on your life.

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Q: Will I lose my license if I’m convicted of a misdemeanor DUI in Connecticut?
A: Yes, a misdemeanor DUI conviction in Connecticut will result in a mandatory license suspension. The length of the suspension varies based on whether it’s your first, second, or subsequent offense.

Q: Can I refuse a chemical test if I’m pulled over for suspicion of DUI?
A: While you have the right to refuse a chemical test, doing so can lead to a separate charge and automatic license suspension under Connecticut’s implied consent law. It’s advisable to consult with an attorney before deciding whether to refuse a test.

Q: How long will a misdemeanor DUI stay on my criminal record?
A: In Connecticut, a misdemeanor DUI conviction will remain on your criminal record indefinitely unless you successfully petition for erasure after completing your sentence and waiting the required time period.


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Negotiating for the Best Outcome While our primary goal is to seek a dismissal or acquittal of the charges against you, we also recognize the importance of exploring alternative resolutions that may minimize the potential consequences. In appropriate cases, our skilled attorney may negotiate with prosecutors to seek reduced charges, alternative sentencing options, or participation in diversion programs or treatment alternatives. Call 860-530-1781 24-7.


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