Windham County Driver's License Suspension Defense Lawyer
Challenging DMV License Suspensions in Willimantic
Has your license been suspended after your OUI/DUI arrest? The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) can suspend your driver's license for more than 90 days after an OUI arrest. If convicted of a first-offense OUI, you can face license suspension for up to one year.
License suspension is an often under-appreciated penalty to an OUI/DUI. Imagine constantly asking friends for a ride to work, school or the grocery store. For people who rely on their operators' licenses as a profession, the consequences are even more severe. Much of our freedom depends on our ability to drive, an ability that can be revoked upon an arrest, not just a conviction, for OUI.
Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Windham County DUI lawyer for DMV hearing defense.
Connecticut’s DMV License Suspension Process
At the Law Office of Jerome Paun, we are dedicated to helping our clients fight their license suspensions both in criminal court and in front of the DMV. We'll put our almost 40 years of experience to work defending your freedom. From our law offices in Willimantic, we represent clients throughout Eastern Connecticut.
An arrest in Connecticut for OUI include two related legal proceedings:
- The DMV’s administrative per se license suspension hearing will determine if your license and driving privileges will be suspended.
- The criminal proceeding, taking place in superior court, will determine your guilt or innocence regarding operating your vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. If you are found guilty, possible penalties include a subsequent license suspension or revocation of your right to drive.
At The Law Office of Jerome Paun, we have the experience to represent you in both proceedings. During your DMV per se suspension hearing, we may be able to understand the facts of your case and the evidence against you, which will be helpful in building our defense for the criminal trial. Retaining our firm’s legal services as soon as possible after your OUI arrest means we can intervene earlier and ensure all paperwork is filed according to strict deadlines, which will protect your right to a hearing in front of the DMV. Do not hesitate to call The Law Office of Jerome Paun at (860) 455-4202 to discuss all of your options.
Should You Challenge the DMV Suspension of Your Driver's License?
Unless you are successful in challenging the DMV’s per se license suspension, your license will be suspended for 45 days and you will lose your driving privileges. We don not need to tell you that this will have a profound impact on your life and your liberty, so it important you seek counsel from our Windham County license suspension defense attorney as soon as possible.
After your OUI arrest, the DMV will send you a letter informing you of the 45-day suspension, starting at midnight 30 days after your initial arrest. The DMV’s letter will also tell you that after the 45-day suspension period is over, you will need to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed, at your own expense, for a specific time period. This suspension and mandatory IID installation are in addition to any ordered by the criminal court if you are found guilty and convicted.
The DMV’s letter will also inform you of your right to an appeal through a hearing. Before you call the provided number to request your hearing, contact The Law Office of Jerome Paun for personalized advice.
In addition, the arresting officer may have seized your driver’s license at the time of your arrest. This is not a suspension and you may get your license back 24 hours after it was taken. Before that 24-hour period is up, however, it is illegal to drive without your license.
Please call the Law Office of Jerome Paun toll-free at (860) 455-4202 to schedule a free consultation about your DMV hearing and OUI criminal charges.
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