First DUI Offense in Connecticut
If you have never been in trouble with the law before, a first offense DUI can be frightening. Not only are you worried about the potential penalties, such as license suspension and large fines, but an arrest could impact your reputation, your criminal record and your future. It is crucial that you speak with an experienced attorney in order to fully understand your rights in the criminal process and what can be done to protect those rights.
At the law firm of Paoletti & Gusmano, Attorneys at Law, our Bridgeport lawyers have more than 50 years of combined experience handling DUI cases and other criminal defense in Connecticut. We understand the fears and frustrations of our clients and work to put them at ease with the criminal process. There are options in defense, and we will put our knowledge and resources to work for you.
For a free initial consultation with our firm after a first offense DUI, contact us at 203-371-1000.
Connecticut DWI Laws for First Offenses
A DUI in Connecticut involves two separate processes. The first process involves the status of your driving privileges, which will be handled by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). After a first offense charge, you have seven days from the date of the arrest to schedule an administrative hearing with the DMV. The failure to schedule this hearing will result in the suspension of your license being upheld.
The second process involves the actual criminal case, which will determine guilt or innocence under the law. You can be found not guilty of a first offense DUI and still have your license suspended through the DMV process.
Our Bridgeport DUI attorneys have extensive experience representing individuals in criminal and DMV Per Se hearings. We attend every hearing and work diligently to protect you from possible license suspension and other penalties.
Contact Our Firm After a First DUI Offense Arrest
Contact us for a free case evaluation by calling 203-371-1000 to speak with an experienced lawyer about a first offense in Connecticut. The sooner you contact us, the more time we have to prepare your defense.