Driving under the influence of alcohol in Connecticut is a serious offense. If you are convicted of driving under the influence, then you may have to serve a sentence in county jail, perform community service, and adhere to probation requirements after you serve your jail sentence. Also, you could face fines of $1,000 or more. If you are seeking a criminal defense attorney in Enfield, Connecticut, then contact the law offices of Berman & Russo to schedule a free consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case and the possible defenses that may be applicable.
In addition to jail time, fines, community service, and probation, you may have your driving privileges temporarily suspended. If you regain your driving privileges, you may have to get an ignition interlock device installed in your motor vehicle. The specific facts and circumstances of your arrest will determine if the charges against you may possibly be reduced or dismissed.
You Might Avoid a DUI Conviction
The skilled criminal defense lawyers at Berman & Russo may be able to help get your DUI charges dismissed. Many different factors contributed to whether DUI charges may be reduced or dismissed.
Police officers cannot pull over a citizen without having an articulable, reasonable suspicion that unlawful activity is ongoing. Sudden lane changes, speeding, and driving through posted stop signals may all justify a police officer pulling over a motor vehicle.
If the police officer did not have any reasonable suspicion to pull you over, then the evidence the police officer obtained during the police stop may be inadmissible against you. This means that the charges against you will likely be dropped because the state must prove every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
The police officer conducting a field sobriety test or breathalyzer test must follow specific procedures when evaluating the results of these tests. Police officers who fail to administer field sobriety tests and breathalyzer tests in a proper manner will cause the evidence against the driver to be suppressed.
Breathalyzer machines must be calibrated and maintained – otherwise, the results will be inaccurate or distorted. A breathalyzer machine used to obtain blood alcohol content may not have been calibrated recently, and it may produce inaccurate results.
Police officers may use blood tests to check blood alcohol content after a suspect has been arrested. If the samples collected are mishandled, then the results may be invalidated and inadmissible against the suspect.
Contact The Law Offices of Berman & Russo Today to Schedule a Free Consultation
If you are seeking an Enfield, Connecticut criminal defense attorney, then contact the law offices of Berman & Russo today. You do not have to face criminal charges without the aid and guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation during which we can discuss the facts of your case and the defenses that may help get your driving under the influence of alcohol charge reduced or dismissed.