In the state of Connecticut, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs. Unlike alcohol impairment, there is currently no blood testing standard for measuring a person’s level of intoxication from drugs that can determine a person’s conviction. A driver’s level of impairment is determined on a case-by-case basis by the prosecution, with the objective of proving that a driver was intoxicated enough to lose some degree of control over their vehicle.
Can I Be Arrested for Driving Under the Influence of Prescription Drugs?
Yes. Connecticut’s laws encompass nearly any type of drug, including illicit drugs, controlled prescription drugs, and medical marijuana. Possessing a valid prescription for a certain drug does not absolve a person from being charged.
A person can be arrested for drugged driving for any of the following substances:
What Are the Penalties for a Drugged Driving Conviction in CT?
Drugged driving offenders are charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and are subject to the same penalties as those for driving while alcohol impaired. A conviction of driving under the influence of drugs will be considered as a prior or subsequent offence for the purposes of sentencing, regardless of whether additional convictions were related to alcohol or drug impairment.
For a first offense, penalties are as follows:
- Up to six months in jail
- Fines up to $1,000
- A one-year driver’s license suspension
Subsequent offenses are much more serious. For a second offense, penalties will increase to a maximum of two years in jail and up to $4,000 in fines, while a third offense will have consequences jump up to three years in jail, a maximum of $8,000 in fines, and a permanent driver’s license suspension. Penalties can increase even further if a person refuses to submit to a post-arrest chemical test.
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