As we have previously overviewed the basic OUI/DUI law in Connecticut in our blog post, “An Introduction to OUI Law in Connecticut”, this article will dive a little deeper into the penalties and costs of first time and second time OUI convictions. If you have not read our previous introduction into OUI law in CT, it provides an overview of the law and procedure of OUI and may help you better understand some of the information mentioned in this discussion.
What is OUI/DUI in Connecticut?
OUI/DUI is measured based on a person’s “blood alcohol content” or BAC level. Drivers under the age of 21 are considered to be operating under the influence if their BAC level exceeds 0.02. For drivers over the age of 21 who have a commercial driver’s license (“CDL”), OUI is measured at a BAC level in excess of 0.04. For all other drivers over the age of 21, the limit is 0.08.
First Time Conviction Penalties and Costs
If you have never been arrested for OUI or have not used a diversionary program for OUI in the previous ten years, you may qualify for the Alcohol Education Program (“AEP”). If you have used AEP within 10 years or do not otherwise qualify for the program, you may face a first-time conviction.
The penalty for a first OUI conviction includes; a fine of $500-$1000, 45 days suspension of driver’s license, incarceration for up to 6 months (48 hours are mandatory), required installation of an ignition interlock device (“IID”) for one year, participation in alcohol or drug evaluation and/or counseling if ordered, and probation usually between 12-24 months.
A first OUI conviction is designed to hit your wallet heavily. The cost to reinstate your license after the 45 day suspension period will be $175. Additionally, the costs incurred for the IID start at $100 for processing, a one-time installation fee of $50-$150, monthly fees for maintenance, leasing, and IID monitoring which can range from $50-$150, and the removal fee of $50-$150. In addition to these, there are court fees, counseling fees (if ordered), and potential fines as mentioned above.
Second Conviction Penalties and Costs
If a person is convicted of a second violation of OUI, the fines increase to $1000-$4000, 45 day suspension of driver’s license, installation of an IID for 3 years, incarceration of up to 2 years (120 days mandatory), probation requiring 100 hours of community service and completion of an assessment to the Court Support Services Division of the Judicial Branch to evaluate the degree of drug or alcohol abuse.
In addition to increased fines, all payments that were incurred in the first conviction apply as well: IID fees, court costs, and fee to reinstate license.
Contact Apex Law Firm to Learn More About OUI Laws and Convictions
The laws and penalties in place for OUI related convictions are very serious and it is a crime not taken lightly in the State of Connecticut. Costs and punishments for those who are convicted will increase heavily for continuous offenses, resulting in prison time, extensive probation orders, and can eventually result in the loss of driving privilege completely. If you would like more information or have been charged with OUI, contact Apex Law Firm today.