Seeing police lights in your rearview mirror may be a frightening experience, especially if you have consumed alcohol or drugs before getting behind the wheel. Getting pulled over by Connecticut law enforcement personnel may require you to submit to a test of your blood alcohol concentration. A police officer may arrest you without knowing your BAC if he or she witnessed you violating traffic laws.
The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles states that an arrest for Operating Under the Influence includes a reading of your rights. A police officer may transfer you to a police station in his or her vehicle. The police will likely arrange for a towing company to move your car to a designated location. In most cases, you will have to pay for the towing charges. Law enforcement personnel may use breath, blood and/or urine testing to determine your BAC. If the result is 0.08 or above, you could face OUI charges. You may have to wait at the police station until someone meets the bail requirements to obtain your release.
An OUI arrest may lead to loss of your driver’s license. One way you may lose your license is to refuse BAC testing. State law says that driving on Connecticut roads implies consent to BAC testing, so there may be penalties if you refuse. You may also lose your license if you get convicted of an OUI offense. Depending on the details of your case, penalties may include fines and license suspension. In most cases, the law requires you to install an Ignition Interlock Device before you may get your license back.
This general information on Connecticut OUI arrests is intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.