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FAQ's Regarding DUI Laws in Connecticut

If I am pulled over, do I have to take a breathalyzer if they ask?

No. You have a constitutional right not to incriminate yourself, so you do not need to submit to a breathalyzer test. That being said, if you do not submit to the breathalyzer test, you will likely face a longer suspension from DMV.

What is the difference between DUI and DWI?

DUI stands for “Driving Under the Influence” and DWI stands for “Driving While Intoxicated”. They both stand for the same thing; however, in Connecticut, the offense is called DUI. This is because statutorily the offense states “driving under the influence of intoxicating drugs or alcohol”, which means that a person can be charged with a DUI even though they had no alcohol, but was under the influence of drugs, whether prescription or not.

If I am pulled over, do I have to submit to a blood test if they ask?

No. You do not have to submit to any type of test, whether it is blood, breath, or urine because you have a constitutional right not to incriminate yourself.  Regarding providing a blood sample, the blood sample must be drawn by a nurse, doctor, or phlebotomist, which are typically NOT at a police department. That being said, if you do not submit to the requested test, you will likely face a longer suspension from DMV.

Have You Been Charged With Drunken Driving?

If you or a family member has been arrested or charged with drunk driving or any other criminal traffic violation, contact the Law Office of Salvatore Bonanno to speak with an experienced Hartford DUI defense lawyer.

Unlike other criminal cases, many DUI cases are very different.  More often than not, the people Attorney Bonanno represents with DUI charges are people who have never dealt with the criminal justice system before.

In the state of Connecticut, as an adult 21 years or older, it is illegal to drive with an elevated blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher . DUI charges are very serious and can affect your entire way of living.

What Constitutes a DUI or DWI?

“A person commits a DUI when; (1) when such person is under the influence of an intoxicating liquor or any drug or both, OR when such person has an elevated blood/alcohol content, AND (2) such person operates, (3) a motor vehicle.”

What does all this legalese mean?

Under the law, a person can be charged with DUI if that person is under the “influence of an intoxicating liquor or any drug or both.” This can result from a variety of factors and is not always as cut-and-dry as many believe.   

DUI arrests can be incredibly stressful, especially if you’ve never dealt with the criminal justice system before. It can leave you feeling scared, embarrassed, and full of questions. Attorney Bonanno is an experienced Connecticut DUI lawyer who is prepared to answer all of your questions, make sense of the charges, and work to get the best possible outcome.

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