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FAQ: Connecticut DUI

Below, Connecticut attorney Josh Grubaugh takes the time to answer FAQs from about Connecticut DUI law. Have more questions? Contact Grubaugh Law for a free consultation about your case.

Should I refuse a chemical test or breathalyzer?

Whether you should refuse a chemical or blood alcohol content (BAC) test can vary depending on your specific circumstances. However, it’s important to know that a chemical test refusal can still have consequences with the DMV under Connecticut’s “implied consent” law. If you refuse the breathalyzer, you will still face license suspension. Further, Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) will be required before you regain your driving privileges.

What kinds of BAC tests are used in Connecticut?

Connecticut recognizes three types of chemical tests that can be used to determine your BAC (blood alcohol content). You might be required to take one or more of these tests, depending on the facts of your case. These include breath tests, blood tests, and urine tests.

Breathalyzer tests are the most commonly used and can be administered at the time you’re pulled over by police officers who are certified to administer them. Each type of test has its pros and cons, and the accuracy of the results can vary based on several factors. If you have questions about the admissibility of your BAC test results in your case, I’m happy to schedule a consultation.

Should I accept a plea bargain in a drunk driving case?

Every case is different. It’s never a good idea to accept a plea bargain without making sure you know all your options and your legal rights are protected. An experienced DUI attorney can assess the strengths and weaknesses of your case to help you determine whether you want to enter a plea rather than go to trial. Depending on the facts of your case, including whether this is your first offense, a plea deal could result in a lesser sentence than would be imposed if you’re found guilty. Please don’t hesitate to contact me to schedule a consultation to discuss your specific situation.

Do I have to talk to the police if I’m arrested for a DUI?

If you’ve been pulled over for a DUI, it’s important to be courteous, but you do not have to speak with the police. Anything you say could be used to incriminate you or hurt your case.

Before you are taken into police custody, they do not need to read your Miranda rights. They may try to get as much information from you as possible before they arrest you. It’s crucial that you recognize your right to remain silent, and not to offer any information that may be used against you. Feel free to contact me for legal representation before speaking with the police to ensure your rights are protected.

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