Driving under the influence (DUI) in the state of Connecticut is considered a criminal offense. Now more than ever, every day citizens are pulled over and arrested for DUI. However, just because you are charged does not mean that you have to face a conviction. By hiring an experienced criminal defense lawyer like ours at Cummings Law Firm, you can get proactive and begin a solid defense for your case. Contact us now to learn more: 203-754-7779. Initial consultations are free. We serve in Waterbury, Danbury, Torrington, New Britain and throughout the region.

What Is DUI?

DUI occurs when a driver operates a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher. Your blood alcohol content can be determined through a breath test, a blood test, a urine test or a chemical test. It is important to remember that if you are asked to perform one of these tests and you refuse, you will be in violation of the implied consent law in the state of Connecticut. This law states that any time you operate a motor vehicle, you must supply a breath test if asked by the police. If you refuse, your license will automatically be suspended, and you will face additional penalties.

Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

When pulled over, a police officer might ask you to perform standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs) if he or she suspects that you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The SFSTs are:

  • The horizontal gaze nystagmus test
  • The walk and turn test
  • The one leg test

These test are not 100% accurate, and more often than not, they will just build evidence against you. If asked to perform a SFST, you do not have to do so. There is no penalty for refusing these tests, and refusing can actually help your case. If you do take the standardized field sobriety tests, a good DUI lawyer may be able to find holes in the tests and have them thrown out of court. You should talk to a DUI lawyer if you have taken the SFSTs.


The consequences of a DUI are based on many factors, including how many previous offenses you have. For a DUI, you face penalties such as a fine, jail time, probation, community service, court-mandated alcohol or drug treatment, rehab, license suspension, etc. The severity of each penalty will depend on your previous offenses. If you are a first-time offender, your jail time and fines will be low. However, the more convictions you have, the more severe the fines become.

The Alcohol Education Program

In the state of Connecticut, almost all first-time DUI offenders are eligible for the alcohol education program (AEP). If you are eligible for the program and you complete it, your DUI case will be dropped. You will not face any consequences, and you will not have a DUI on your criminal record. The AEP is a program that consists of 10-15 classes on alcohol abuse and safe practices when it comes to drinking. You should talk to a DUI lawyer about qualifying for this program and determining if participation in the program is in your best interest.

DMV Hearing

As I mentioned in the DMV hearing section, the Department of Motor Vehicles is responsible for suspending your license. You will have to attend a separate DMV hearing to determine if your license will be suspended or not. If it is suspended, you may qualify for a work or education permit. These permits allow you to drive to and from your job or school so that you can maintain your livelihood. However, these permits do not allow you to drive anywhere else.

Ignition Interlock Device

The state of Connecticut has adopted the ignition interlock device for those convicted of a DUI. Most people convicted of a DUI have to use an ignition interlock device on their vehicles for some period of time after their driver's license is restored. An ignition interlock device is a device that attaches to a vehicle and monitors your BAC. Before starting the car, you must blow into the device. If your BAC is under the limit set by the police, your car will start. If your BAC is over the limit, your vehicle will not start and the police will be notified.

Reach Out To Us For A Free Consultation

If you've been arrested for drunk driving, now is the time to be proactive. Contacting a DUI defense attorney lawyer is in your best interest because it can ensure that you get the best representation and that you are able to build the best defense possible for yourself. Please contact our firm online or call us at 203-754-7779 if you would like to discuss your DUI with a qualified lawyer.