Today July 1, 2011 changes recently passed by the Connecticut Legislature will go into effect for people convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (also known as driving while intoxicated).
The biggest change is that the license suspensions have been made easier if you have the ability to put a breathalyser in your car. The license suspension for a first conviction has been reduced from one year to forty-five days if you put the “ignition interlock device” into your vehicle. The license suspension has similarly been reduced from three years to forty-five days after a second conviction ( if the driver is over 21). The suspension for a third conviction remains the same at a lifetime ban on driving.
This will significantly help a variety of people who find it difficult to remain productive citizens without a license especially if the person does not live near public transportation.
Driving while your license is suspended because of an motor vehicle offense that is alcohol related has a penalty of up to one year in jail The judge has to sentence the defendant to a minimum of thirty days in jail unless he or she finds “mitigating circumstances”.
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