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Drunk Driving Archives

A Hartford police officer is arrested, charged with drunk driving

An 11-year veteran police officer with the Hartford Police Department was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI) on Sunday, Aug. 27. The 44-year-old man was arrested in Plainville, Connecticut, early that same morning after one of the small town's police officers noticed the man driving erratically along state Route 72.

College freshmen are particularly vulnerable to alcohol abuse

If you've just sent your child off to college, it's important to know that the first six weeks of a young person's freshman year are the ones where they are most vulnerable to getting into trouble — even serious danger — because of alcohol.

Understand what might lead to a traffic stop this weekend

Police officers have a lot to watch on any given shift. This holiday weekend is no exception to this. In an effort to keep the roads safe, police officers will be out in full force. This means that there isn't going to be any tolerance for drunk drivers. Instead, anyone who is going to drink alcohol this weekend needs to make sure that they can get home without driving.

Why you may still be drunk the next morning

You get pulled over on the way to work, at six in the morning. The officer says you were swerving and he or she believes you are intoxicated. You assure the officer that you're fine and take the breath test -- which shows that you are, in fact, over the legal limit.

Potential penalties under Connecticut's drunk driving laws

If you decide to drive drunk in Connecticut, it's important to note that you stand the potential of being charged with driving under the influence (DUI) whether you agree to your blood alcohol content (BAC) being taken or not. This is because the state views driving as a privilege and requires drivers to agree to the Implied Consent Law. As such, any police official can take your BAC without securing your consent.

Breath tests aren't always accurate

When you're pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving and the breath test says that you are over the legal limit, you may be stunned. You may tell the police officer that it can't possibly be right. You know you didn't have enough to be over the limit. The officer, though, might tell you that the breath test is accurate and that he or she can arrest you for a DUI.

Impaired driving charges require a multifaceted defense plan

In our previous blog post, we discussed how you can face impaired driving charges for being under the influence of drugs. This is very important because these cases have different points to consider than cases that involve alcohol. It is imperative that you fully understand the nuances of each type of impaired driving case so that you have an idea of how to fight back against the charge levied against you.

Impairment by legal drugs can result in a DUI

Most people associate DUIs with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or illegal drugs. However, drivers can be charged with DUI if any kind of drugs, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, are determined to have impaired their driving.

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