Connecticut Drunk Driving Fines & Penalties

Learn about the penalties for a DUI conviction in Connecticut.

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What are the penalties for a DUI in Connecticut?


1st Offense

2nd Offense

3rd Offense

Jail

2 days up to 6 months

120 days up to 2 years

1 year up to 3 years

Fines and Penalties

$500 to $1,000

$1,000 to $4,000

$2,000 to $8,000

License Suspension

1 year

1 year

Permanent

IID** Required

No

Yes

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Lookback Period: 10 years (Period of time that prior DUIs are relevant for sentencing. Also known as a “washout” period.)

**Ignition Interlock Device

How much do you have to drink (BAC*) for a DUI in Connecticut?

Under 21

.02%

21 or older

.08%

Commercial

.04%

** BAC = blood alcohol content

How many drinks does it take? Check the BAC chart.

You may want to try our BAC Calculator, however I wouldn't let any results encourage you to drink and drive.

What if you refuse to take a chemical test in Connecticut?

Connecticut has an implied consent law. That means that if you refuse to submit to a chemical test you will be subject to a fine and automatic license suspension. Learn more about Connecticut’s implied consent law.

 

1st Offense

2d Offense

3rd Offense

Refusal to take test

6 months suspension of license

1 year suspension of license

3 years suspension of license

Disclaimer: We try to keep the information provided here up to date. However, laws often change, as do their interpretation and application. Different jurisdictions within a state may enforce the laws in different ways. For that reason, we recommended that you seek the advice of a local attorney familiar with DUI cases in your area.

Can you plead to a lesser offense than DUI in Connecticut?

A defendant might receive a "wet reckless," or a conviction of reckless driving involving alcohol, as a result of a plea bargain in which a charge of drunk driving is reduced to a case of reckless driving. There is no statutory provision on whether a wet reckless plea bargain will be accepted in Connecticut, but it's possible a lawyer may be able to create a plea bargain for you.

Drinking and Driving Laws in Connecticut

The State of Connecticut has drunk driving laws that address driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Like many other states around the country, Connecticut has a lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers under the age of 21. It is illegal for a minor to drive with a BAC of .02 percent or above. Adult drivers are considered legally intoxicated if their BAC is .08 percent and above.

How many drinks does it take to reach the legal limit in Connecticut? There isn't one right answer to this question. Each driver has individual attributes that may impact the number of drinks that it takes to become legally drunk. Many factors, including weight, age and number of drinks consumed within a given time frame, all contribute to a drivers blood alcohol concentration (BAC). One study showed that one drink could raise your BAC by .05 percent. Keep in mind that in Connecticut you can be prosecuted for a DUI without being chemically tested, and you may be arrested without any direct evidence if your ability to drive has been "affected to an appreciable degree".

The best answer is not to drink and drive. The State of Connecticut has strict laws for drunk driving, and when you drink and drive in Connecticut, you risk your freedom, finances and your future.

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