First Offense DUI/OUI in Connecticut

The state of Connecticut utilizes both criminal and administrative penalties when resolving a first DUI (referred to as an OUI - Operating Under the Influence) in Connecticut criminal cases. 

Administrative Penalties

  • First offense DUI in Connecticut results in administrative license suspension of one (1) year
  • Refusals to submit under implied consent laws in Connecticut result in a mandatory administrative license suspension of six (6) months
  • Vehicle involved in DUI arrest must be towed and impounded for two (2) days
  • Ignition interlock installation may be required at discretion of courts for first offenders to reinstate or obtain hardship/occupational license during suspension period

Criminal Penalties

How Much Will it Cost?

To get an idea of how much a first offense DUI will cost you, see our article on the cost of a DUI.

  • Either (a) up to six months with a mandatory minimum of two days or (b) up to six months suspended with probation requiring 100 hours of community service
  • Fines range from minimum of $500 to maximum of $1000 in first offense DUI cases in Connecticut, but fine amount will not cover court costs, costs of reinstatement, or costs of completing other terms of sentence
  • Convictions undergo ten (10) year look back period under Connecticut law, which means first offense convictions will influence future DUI charges in terms of sentencing and penalties, if occurring with next ten (10) years

Getting Legal Help

For more information and insight into first offense DUI in Connecticut, including help with mounting a viable criminal defense case seeking either dismissal or reduction of charges, consult with a Connecticut DUI lawyer to learn more.

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