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

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

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Fighting a Repeat Offender DUI / DWI Arrest in Westport Connecticut

As the best criminal lawyers and attorneys in Westport Connecticut know, second time offender, third time offender, or repeat offender arrests for a Westport Connecticut DUI / DWI under CGS 14-227a expose you to severe mandatory minimum jail sentences. Connecticut has essentially adopted a three-strike DUI / DWI law. Your third arrest—usually treated as a second time offender conviction—comes with a maximum 3 year jail sentence, 120 days of which are mandatory minimum and cannot be reduced or suspended. Repeat offender DUI / DWI arrest convictions in Westport Connecticut also come with lengthy and even permanent driver’s license suspensions, IID requirements and possible felony convictions.

As you can see, a repeat offender DUI / DWI arrest in Westport Connecticut is high stakes, even if you think your prior DUI / DWI arrest was reduced to a less serious offense such as a New York State 1192.1 Driving While Ability Impaired charge (called a “DWAI”). So before making any decisions with respect to a Westport Connecticut DUI / DWI repeat offender DUI / DWI arrest—including even your decision to take the breath, blood or urine test at the police station—you should contact a top Westport Connecticut DUI / DWI criminal law firm to make sure you make the best decision under the particular circumstances of your case. And click here for more on Connecticut DWI / DUI repeat offender arrests and defense strategies.

Can I Get a Westport DUI / DWI Arrest Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs?

Absolutely. You don’t need to be impaired by alcohol to get arrested in Westport Connecticut for a DUI / DWI under CGS § 14-227a. Connecticut law actually prohibits driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, prescription drugs, marijuana or illegal drugs. Thus, many Westport residents are surprised to learn that just because your doctor prescribed you a medicine or drug, or just because you have a legal Connecticut medical marijuana license, this does not mean that you can legally take that drug, operate your motor vehicle and avoid an arrest in Westport for DUI / DWI. As the best Westport Connecticut criminal lawyers know, many prescription drugs, including marijuana, impair your motor skills and ability to operate a vehicle, making you drowsy, hyperactive, dizzy with double-vision, or foggy-headed. Prescription drugs and marijuana affect everyone differently and hiring a certified forensic toxicologist as an expert in your case can meaningfully contribute to your defense. Usually pill bottles have warning labels, advising you not to operate heavy machinery or drive a car after use. But know this—it doesn’t matter if your doctor told you that it’s okay to drive and take certain prescription drugs, and it doesn’t matter if your pill bottle did NOT have a warning label. These are not defenses to an arrest for a Prescription Drug OUI / DWI / DUI or a Marijuana DUI / DWI in Westport Connecticut. So if you have been arrested in Westport for driving under the influence of a prescription drug or a marijuana DUI, read more here about Connecticut arrests for Prescription Drug DUIs / DWIs, and then contact any of the best Westport Connecticut criminal lawyers as soon as possible.

Getting Your Westport Connecticut DUI / DWI Arrest Off the Internet and Off Google

In recent years, local online news outlets and blogs are raking in big ad revenues by publishing arrest reports and police blotters. The problem is that because of these profits, websites are refusing to take down arrest reports of dismissed and expunged Connecticut criminal cases, causing devastating damage to personal and professional reputations. We regularly receive phone calls from people who have had their charges dropped or dismissed but are having trouble finding a job or getting into college or graduate school because of an online Connecticut arrest report. Westport is no different, where the police blotters of the Westport Minuteman, Westport News, and Westport Patch online websites are regularly visited. But there’s hope…the Mark Sherman Law Firm has developed a unique statewide practice in assisting its clients in removing their damaging DUI / DWI arrest reports off the internet and off search engines like Google and Yahoo. While this can be a long and demanding legal process, the result of scrubbing the internet of your Westport Connecticut dismissed and erased arrest, while not guaranteed, is certainly worth your time and resources. Click here to learn more about the Mark Sherman Law Firm’s internet scrubbing practice.

Contact a Westport Connecticut DUI / DWI Attorney at Mark Sherman Law Today

As discussed above, getting arrested for a DUI / DWI in Westport Connecticut involves many moving parts, including DVM license suspensions, evidentiary hearings, evidence preservation considerations and internet scrubbing. And without the assistance of an experienced Westport Connecticut DUI / DWI criminal law firm, you may find yourself facing the harshest penalties for your DUI / DWI, including jail time, fines, and probation. The team of criminal attorneys at Mark Sherman Law are available 24/7 to speak with you regarding your Westport Connecticut DUI / DWI arrest. We know the steps that need to be taken quickly to ensure a vigorous and comprehensive defense strategy. Each DUI / DWI attorney at Mark Sherman Law will guide you to the finish line with the sole goal of getting you the best possible result for your case, and, if possible, getting your arrest records removed off the internet and off Google. So contact us today at (203) 358-4700.

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