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Hi,Connecticut's laws are pretty tough. On a first DUI conviction, which is a misdmeeanor, there's a 48-hour mandatory minimum jail sentence, which you can get suspended if you are willing to perform 100 hours of community service. The maximum possible jail sentence, however, is 6 months. Your car has already been impounded, and they will hold it for 48-hours at your cost. Your license can be suspended for a year.There is also a ten year lookback period in Connecticut. That is, if you are again arrested for a DUI and it is within ten years of your present conviction, the penalties will be enhanced and you can, for example, serve up to two years in prison.This makes is a good idea to get a lawyer and have him with you on your court date. You may want to fight the charges if the facts of your case are favorable ones or negotiate an alternative disposition, or he may be able at the very least to keep the fines to a minimum.
Thank you for such a quick reply. I was able to get my car back right after I was released, which was about 8 hrs after I got arrested. There was no bail to pay, which I was relieved about.
As far as the my record, I have never been charged with a misdemeanor before (sorry if I spelled that incorrectly), nor do I have any severe charges on my driving record. So in saying that, will that 48 hr mandatory jail sentence truly be in effect or will they most likely give me 100 hours of community service?
How much do you believe the fines will be? I'm also a military member, which is why I believe that I was able to pay no charge for my bail on top of a clean driving record. How much would a lawyer be to represent me ( a general figure is fine)?
I currently have my car, my license is not suspended yet, and I was doing some research which stated that my license could be suspended for 90 days for a first time offense, what are the chances of this happening?
Thank you very much for your expertise. There was no accident, and I was very cooperative the entire time, I was very coherent, and was able to answer all the questions that was asked. It looks like this may be a negotiable case and nothing more, so I will contact a DUI lawyer as soon as possible and see if he can represent my case for sure. Thank you again for all of your help, I feel a bit better about the situation especially the choice of 100 community service hours over the 48 hours imprisonment.
Out of curiosity, will this be reflected on my military record? Will the state of Connecticut update any of this over to my military career?
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