A drunk driving (DUI/DWI) charge and conviction can have life-changing consequences. In most cases, the Department of Motor Vehicles will look to suspend an individual’s driver’s license. DUI/DWI is a criminal offense and if convicted, can include probation, significant fines and even jail time. If you have been arrested for DUI/DWI, it is critical that you fully understand all of the potential consequences.
The need for representation at an early stage is often crucial. Our attorneys and staff will evaluate the evidence and pursue a favorable resolution of the charges in an effort to avoid a criminal record.
At Smart, Donohue & NeJame, P.C., we handle both the license repercussions and the criminal aspects of drunk driving matters. Our many years of experience helping clients with Connecticut drunk driving charges gives us the knowledge we need to be effective advocates.
We Handle both Criminal and Administrative Aspects of DUI Charges
We have two goals when defending clients against DUI charges: avoiding a criminal record for the client and preserving our clients’ privileges. Each case is different, and we develop strategies tailored to the circumstances. We will examine the legality of the traffic stop, determine whether the police administered and properly scored the field sobriety test correctly and whether the Intoxilyzer breath machine or other testing apparatus was used properly.
We seek to preserve a client’s ability to drive whenever possible. When it is not, we will assist in the application for a special operator’s permit that allows an individual to drive to work or school while his or her license is suspended. Appearing at the DMV administrative hearing also allows us to gather evidence and testimony that we can later use in the criminal case. Whatever strategy we use, clients can rely on us to develop a coordinated defense that seeks a favorable outcome in both the criminal and the administrative matters.
Special Considerations: Multiple DUI and Underage DUI
Try to avoid a first DUI conviction whenever possible and be aware that a second conviction is a felony in the state of Connecticut. Although any criminal record can affect a person’s life, a felony record can limit an individual’s ability to vote or obtain certain jobs and professional licenses. We work diligently to get these charges reduced or dropped. Our attorneys likewise fight hard for clients facing charges of underage DUI. The blood alcohol content (BAC) threshold for an underage drinking charge is .02, and the license suspension penalties are enhanced. This makes it particularly important to closely scrutinize all aspects and processing. Our law firm has the experience and resources to advocate for our underage clients.