Criminal Defense

Driving Under Influence (DUI)

criminal defense Lawyer Hartford, CTIf you or a loved one have been charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or some prescription drugs (also called DUI – "driving under influence" or OUI – "operating under influence"), you may need the assistance of a defense lawyer. Unlike civil law cases, in which money or property may be at stake, people charged with a DUI may face jail time and/or license revocation. Bodner Shapiro Law Group will evaluate all the evidence to ensure that your legal rights are protected and help you take action, whether we must fight for you at trial or, if you choose to plead, find the minimum penalty allowed by law.

A DUI conviction may carry heavy penalties including fines, jail time, probation or community service. Massachusetts and Connecticut impose certain minimum penalties for first time offenses and then designate increased penalties for each offense thereafter. Severity of criminal penalties will vary according to the circumstances of the offense, including: whether the driver has a history of DUI violations; whether the DUI violation occurred simultaneously with another dangerous moving violation, such as reckless driving; whether the DUI violation involved a car accident in which property damage occurred; whether the DUI violation involved a car accident in which another person was injured or killed; and whether the driver was under the legal drinking age at the time of the DUI violation. In addition to potential criminal penalties, a DUI arrest or conviction will have an immediate negative impact on driving privileges, such as the driving license suspension.

DUI can have a serious impact on one's life. That's why it's so important to understand the law, your rights and legal options when facing such charges. Please call us – we can help!

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