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Drunk Driving Archives

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.

Why are there so many drunk driving crashes on Thanksgiving eve?

As the long Thanksgiving weekend approaches, law enforcement will be out in force on Connecticut roads on patrol and at checkpoints in an effort to apprehend drunk drivers before they can hurt themselves or anyone else. This holiday has more drunk driving arrests and accidents than just about time of the year.

Why do non-alcoholic energy drinks lead to more drunk driving?

Energy drinks have become ubiquitous on college campuses — not just to help students stay up all night to study or finish papers, but to help decrease the sedative effects of alcohol. Theoretically, at least, the more wide awake you are, the more alcohol you can consume.

There's a right and wrong way to handle a DUI stop

No one wants to see the flashing lights of a police car behind them when they've had a couple of drinks before getting behind the wheel. Even though that traffic stop may save your life or the lives of others, at the time, you're likely frightened.

Connecticut among the strictest states when it comes to DUIs

Connecticut is one of the worst states in the country to get caught driving under the influence. A recent study by WalletHub ranked Connecticut the seventh strictest state in the nation when it comes to DUIs. That's well above the ranking for our neighbors here in the Northeast. Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York were the closest, at 22, 25 and 30, respectively.

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