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Category: DUI/DWI

What Connecticut Law Says About Driving Under the Influence

It’s all too easy to make poor decisions while intoxicated. One bad choice many people still make while drunk is trying to drive. Even people in positions of authority can make bad choices when they’re under the influence.

Recently, one Connecticut state trooper did just that. He was charged with a DUI after hitting another vehicle while driving his unmarked police vehicle off-duty. No one is above the law, after all, and he received multiple other charges as well.

Connecticut’s [...]

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I Just Got An OUI Charge in Connecticut – Will I Lose My License? 

Most people associate drunk driving charges with the term “DUI.” It stands for driving under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substances. Connecticut works in a different way. If you have a .08 BAC or higher while operating a motor vehicle here, you will get charged with OUI – operating under the influence. 

Just because the name is different, though, don’t assume the penalties are. You can face incarceration and fines. You can be made to have an ignition [...]

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Five Key Things to Know About DUI Arrests in Connecticut

1. REMAIN CALM AND RESPECTFUL TO THE OFFICERS DURING THE INITIAL STOP.

Connecticut has a “Stop and Identify” law, which means that any person pulled over while operating a motor vehicle must provide identification, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration to an officer. While retrieving your documents, be respectful to the officers and try to remain calm. If you have been pulled over under suspicion of DUI/DWI, the officers will be carefully observing you for signs of intoxication during this [...]

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Are Penalties for Robbery Different Than Burglary in CT? Not Really

Burglary | Robbery/Burglary | Theft Crimes

The question of what is burglary vs. robbery is one that is often asked by the uninitiated. It is easy to confuse the two and different states around the country often have different laws and definitions. Many view robberies as a far more severe crime than burglaries.

While the state of Connecticut maintains different legal definitions for robbery and burglary, on the other hand, the courts typically view them as nearly identical when it comes to sentencing.

This is why [...]

CT Sex Crime Convictions Equal More Than Just Criminal Penalties

Sex Crimes | Sex Offender Registry

Being convicted of any crime is, in its own right, something that is bound to follow you long after you’ve done your time. That being said, research suggests there are certain convictions that seem to be viewed far more negatively in society…and for much longer.

Sex crimes are among the worst. This is because while, yes, there are legal penalties attached to sex crime convictions, there are also significant social penalties.

The unique and unparalleled stigma surrounding sex crime convictions [...]

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