Defending DUI/OUI Clients In Willimantic And Throughout Eastern Connecticut
Charges for operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs (OUI - frequently referred to as DUI or DWI) carry serious penalties. Even a first-time OUI conviction in Connecticut can result in: up to six months in jail, 48 consecutive hours of which are a mandatory minimum; up to a$1,000 fine; a driver's license suspension; and require you to install an ignition interlock device (IID - essentially a breathalyzer) in any motor vehicle owned or operated by you as a condition of your license restoration.
In Connecticut, a drunk driving arrest involves two separate but related proceedings:
1. An administrative per se suspension hearing at the DMV to determine whether your driver's license or privilege to drive in Connecticut should be suspended by the DMV.
2. A criminal proceeding in superior court to determine if you are guilty of operating under the influence (OUI) and, if so, the penalties to be imposed by the court, including another suspension of your driver's license or right to drive in Connecticut.
In this hostile legal environment, you need an effective defense attorney at your side.
What you do after a DUI/OUI arrest can make all the difference in your case. Before you plead guilty and risk losing your freedom, money and driver's license, consult with The Law Office of Jerome Paun to discuss your OUI or motor vehicle charges with an experienced Willimantic defense lawyer.
OUI Defenses In Connecticut
A successful defense against OUI charges is possible.
An OUI case does not hinge on a breathalyzer or blood alcohol content (BAC) test alone. In order to make an OUI arrest, an officer first must have a "probable cause" to believe the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Second, police officers are required to follow proper procedures when stopping people and asking them to take field sobriety tests. If an officer fails to follow proper procedure or violates constitutional principles, it may be possible to have the OUI charge dismissed, protecting both your freedom and driver's license.
We will carefully examine the evidence, arrest procedure and results of the blood alcohol content (BAC) tests in your case. Improper police procedure or mistakes in police reports are not uncommon and may help your case.
We will challenge questionable evidence from being used against you and may be able to get the charges against you dismissed. Whether you are a program eligible first-time OUI offender or you are facing a potential second, third or subsequent OUI conviction, we will provide you with effective OUI defense representation to minimize negative consequences for you. We provide effective defense representation to those facing first-time charges and those who have been charged with second, third and subsequent OUI offenses.
Contact A Willimantic Attorney For Drunk Driving Defense
For a free consultation with an experienced Connecticut drunk driving attorney, contact The Law Office of Jerome Paun in Willimantic, Connecticut or call us at 866-787-0119 today. We represent clients facing OUI and other motor vehicle charges throughout Eastern Connecticut.