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DUI / DWI Arrests in Greenwich, Connecticut (Part 1 of 3)

DUI / DWI Arrests in Greenwich, Connecticut
(Part 1 of 3)

Getting arrested in Greenwich Connecticut for DUI / DWI results in two separate prosecutions against you. First, you will have to appear in Stamford Superior Court to deal with your arrest under C.G.S. § 14-227a for DUI in Greenwich Connecticut. Second, as top Greenwich Connecticut DUI / DWI criminal lawyers can explain, every Greenwich DUI / DWI arrest is followed by a license suspension which must be fought at the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (known as the “DMV”).

And to add even more stress to your arrest, the Greenwich Police often release your DUI / DWI arrest record to the Greenwich Time, Greenwich Daily Voice and Greenwich Patch websites, who then publish details of your DUI / DWI arrest online and in print. While the purpose of publishing your online Greenwich DUI / DWI arrest may be to deter others from drinking and driving, it inevitably humiliates you and your family, and can permanently damage your personal and professional reputations if not removed. That’s why the best Greenwich Connecticut criminal law firms stay up to date with Internet scrubbing law, and can help you get your Greenwich DUI / DWI arrest removed from the Internet. So if you are facing an arrest for a Greenwich Connecticut DUI / DWI under 14-227a, be sure to contact a top Greenwich Connecticut criminal lawyer attorney who can help you through the court process, appeal your DMV license suspension hearing, and also get your Greenwich Connecticut DUI / DWI online arrest report taken offline.

Do I Need to Take the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests?

As soon as you are pulled over for suspicion of DUI / DWI in Greenwich Connecticut, you will be ordered to perform the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (the “SFSTs”). But what most people don’t realize is that you can actually refuse to take the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests. Most police officers will not voluntarily tell you that you have a choice, and most drivers will want to comply with whatever the officer tells them because they are overwhelmed and do not want to make an already nerve-wracking situation worse. As the best Greenwich Connecticut criminal lawyers know, the SFSTs are typically 3 tests: the Walk-and-Turn test, the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test (or “HGN” test) and the One-Legged Stand. Refusing to take those tests may frustrate the officer, but it also deprives the prosecution of less evidence to use against you in court for your CGS 14-227a DUI / DWI arrest. Keep in mind that under all circumstances, you must provide the officer with your license, insurance, registration and contact information, or else you can be charged with a separate crime.

Should I Take the Breathalyzer Test if I am Arrested for DUI in Greenwich Connecticut?

“Should I take the breath test?” is a question that top Greenwich Connecticut DUI / DWI criminal lawyers hear often. Notably, the penalties for refusing to take that breath test have changed dramatically. As of July 1, 2015, the Connecticut DMV now requires almost anyone arrested for a DUI / DWI in Connecticut to install an Ignition Interlock Device (known as an “IID”) in any car they drive and own. If you are a first-time DUI / DWI offender in Connecticut, then you will face a mandatory 45-day driver’s license suspension, regardless of whether you fail the breath test or if you refuse to take it. If you take the test and you fail it, then a first time DUI / DWI offender in Greenwich Connecticut will face a 6 month IID requirement once the 45-day suspension is up. However, if you refuse to take the breath test as a first time DUI / DWI offender in Greenwich Connecticut, then a 1-year IID requirement will follow the 45 day license suspension. So be sure to insist on your right to speak privately with a top Greenwich Connecticut DUI / DWI lawyer during your arrest, even it means having to make a few phone calls to get hold of a Greenwich Connecticut criminal lawyer in the middle of the night. For a more detailed explanation of Connecticut DUI / DWI license suspension and IID laws, click here. The best Greenwich Connecticut DUI / DWI criminal lawyers can also assist you in getting a work permit during your Connecticut DUI / DWI suspension, so that you can drive to work or school during your DUI license suspension.

Continue Reading…Greenwich Connecticut Dui And Dwi Arrests, Part 2 of 3
(Fighting Your Greenwich DUI or DWI, First Time & Repeat Offender Greenwich DUI / DWI Arrests, Getting Your Greenwich Arrest off the Internet, and more)