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Driver’s License Suspensions for Connecticut DUI / DWI Arrests (Part 2 of 2)

Driver’s License Suspensions for Connecticut DUI / DWI Arrests
(Part 2 of 2)

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Ignition Interlock Device Penalties for Connecticut DUI / DWI License Suspensions

As the best Stamford, Greenwich and Westport Connecticut criminal lawyers appreciate, under CGS 14-227b, the DMV imposes an automatic license suspension when a driver refuses to submit to a chemical or blood alcohol test—regardless of whether a breath, blood or urine test was offered to you. Automatic license suspensions are also imposed by DMV when your BAC is over the legal limit of .08 (for those 21 and over), or over .02 (for those under 21). In either case, the DMV will mail you a letter with notice of your suspension, suspension length, and other requirements and deadlines.

Effective July 1, 2015, all drivers who fail or refuse a chemical alcohol test will face an automatic 45-day license suspension. In addition, the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device (“IID”) is now required as a prerequisite to license restoration for all alcohol-related suspensions. This means that any driver who is suspended for failing or refusing a chemical alcohol test must install an IID in every vehicle they own before their license can be fully reinstated. The amount of time that the IID must be used in the vehicle depends on the circumstances of the case.

Under 21 Ignition Interlock Device Requirements in a Connecticut Under 21 Arrest

One crucial element that affects the length of your suspension and IID requirement is the age of the driver. Drivers over the age of 21 face an automatic suspension if they have an elevated BAC of .08% or more. Drivers younger than 21 years old with an elevated BAC of .02% or more also face an automatic suspension. Below you can find a summary chart of the new license suspension lengths for drivers over and under 21 years old, as well as IID requirements for all drivers, as of July 2015:

IID Requirements for drivers under 21 years old:

BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL

1ST OFFENSE

2ND OFFENSE

3RD OFFENSE

.02 or higher

1 year

2 years

3 years


IID Requirements for drivers over 21 years old:

BLOOD ALCOHOL LEVEL

1ST OFFENSE

2ND OFFENSE

3RD OFFENSE

.08 or higher

6 month

1 year

2 years


IID requirements for ALL drivers who REFUSE the BAC test:

1ST OFFENSE

2ND OFFENSE

3RD OFFENSE

Refusal to submit to a breath, urine, or blood test

1 year

2 years

3 years

If you are convicted (not just arrested, but also convicted) in a Connecticut court for DUI / DWI, of if you have prior convictions in Connecticut or other states at the time of your new Connecticut DUI / DWI arrest, then the DMV may require you to use an IID for an even longer period of time. Before trying to calculate your potential IID requirements yourself, consider speaking with a top Stamford, Norwalk, Ridgefield or Danbury Connecticut DUI / DWI criminal lawyer attorney before making any assumptions. These IID laws are relatively new and can be confusing to a Connecticut DMV Commissioner or judge, let alone someone who has just been arrested for DUI / DWI / OUI in Stamford, Darien, Wilton, Ridgefield, or Westport Connecticut.

Contact a Connecticut DUI / DWI / OUI Criminal Lawyer at Mark Sherman Law Today

The attorneys at Mark Sherman Law are available 24/7 to speak with you regarding your DUI / DWI / OUI charge. We will evaluate your case, provide you with an honest cost-benefit and risk-benefit analysis, and discuss the best way for you to proceed with both the court and DMV to achieve the most favorable outcome possible. Call us today at (203) 358-4700 for a consultation today.

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