Connecticut Attorney Christopher Duby
DUI-DWI Defense Attorney
Connecticut DUI DWI Defense Lawyer

In Connecticut, a drunk driving arrest can have consequences far beyond the embarrassment of seeing your name in the local newspaper.

You could lose your ability to drive. If your case is not handled properly, you could go to jail. When news of your driver's license suspension reaches your auto insurance company, your rates could increase or you could lose your coverage altogether.

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Christopher Duby- The Advantages of Having a Connecticut DWI/DUI Lawyer

The old saying, "A person who represents himself has a fool for a client," holds true in DWI/DUI cases. Given the consequences of a DWI/DUI conviction driver's license suspension, jail time, the loss of your good name, fines, expensive alcohol education classes and increased auto insurance rates there are many reasons to hire a lawyer to represent you.

I am Christopher Duby, a DWI/DUI defense lawyer in North Haven. If you have been arrested for DWI/DUI, I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. I will explain the entire process to you and you have this opportunity to ask any questions about your case that you may have.

A typical DWI/DUI charge can end up costing you well over $10,000 when you consider the cost of fines, driver's license reinstatement fees and high-risk insurance. If you have a commercial driver's license, a drunk driving conviction can, in certain circumstances, mean the loss of your livelihood. Even after your driver's license is reinstated, the added insurance cost for a commercial driver may be unaffordable.

Many people have no choice but to fight a DWI/DUI conviction. And the only way to fight a conviction effectively is to hire an experienced attorney.

Connecticut Alcohol Education Program

If you have not had a prior DWI conviction, you may apply for the Connecticut alcohol education program. The AEP is a diversionary program that allows you to avoid a DWI/DUI conviction if you complete a program of 10 or 15 sessions. You are given one year to complete the program and, if you do so without any future problems, you will have a clean record.

Only an attorney can advise you whether the AEP would be the best option for you, or whether you should fight the charges.

Learn More About DWI/DUI Jail Sentences in Connecticut

Connecticut has a graduated sentencing system where each subsequent drunk driving conviction is punished more severely, as shown below:

Number of DWI/DUI Offenses Length of Jail Sentence
     
First Offense   One-year suspended sentence after you serve 48 hours in jail or perform 100 hours of community service.
     
Second Offense   Two-year suspended sentence after you serve 120 days in jail. You go to jail for at least 120 days.
     
Third Offense   Three-year suspended sentence after you serve one year in jail. You go to jail for at least one year.
     
Driving a motor vehicle after driver's license suspension for an alcohol-related offense.   One year in jail, 30 days of which cannot be suspended. You go to jail for at least 30 days unless the judge finds "mitigating circumstances."
     

A suspended sentence is jail time that you are not required to serve if you stay out of trouble. However, that sentence will be hanging over you. If you are arrested again, you could be sent to jail to serve the length of your suspended sentence and any additional time that may result if you are convicted of the new offense.

Can I Go To Trial For My DWI/DUI Arrest?

Yes. I tell clients that you go to trial on cases when that is the only chance you have at getting the result you deserve. If the State cannot prove that you were operating a motor vehicle on a public highway with an elevated blood alcohol content, yet they will not dismiss the case, you may have to go to trial.

Trials are stressful, expensive and emotional. It is difficult to hear a police officer testify about what he or she said you did the night of the arrest when you disagree. It is hard to have jurors look at you after something critical of you comes up. Waiting while a jury deliberates is a slow form of torture.

So you can go to trial. But only if you demand a trial after knowing all of the details.

Do I Have To Go To Trial?

No. As with any legal case, how to resolve it is entirely up to you. My job is to make sure you understand the details of your case and the consequences of any particular decision. A dismissal, nolle or plea means no trial. Getting these results varies from case to case. Regardless, the decision is entirely yours.

Free Attorney Consultation

To discuss your case with Connecticut lawyer Christopher Duby, call 203-234-2888 24 hours a day or complete our simple contact form.

My philosophy as a lawyer is simple:

  • Put the client first
  • Respond to phone calls
  • Schedule a free initial consultation no matter what your case is about

The Law Office of Christopher Duby LLC is located at 22 Broadway, North Haven, CT 06473. View Google Map and directions.

Connecticut Attorney Christopher Duby represents clients in New Haven County, Hartford County, Fairfield County and Middlesex County in Connecticut, including the communities of New Haven, Hamden, North Haven, East Haven, Branford, Madison, Milford, West Haven, Cheshire, Meriden, Wallingford, Guilford, North Branford, Woodbridge, Bethany, Monroe, Trumbull, Easton, Fairfield, Stratford, Bridgeport, Oxford, Beacon Falls, Seymour, Ansonia, Derby, Orange, Shelton, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Middletown, Middlefield, Portland, Durham, Prospect, Naugatuck, Wolcott, Waterbury, Watertown, Middlebury, Woodbury, Southbury, Southington.