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Time Is of the Essence After a DUI Arrest

Time is of the essence when you have been arrested for DUI. In addition to criminal penalties, you face possible administrative per se suspension of your driver's license by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). You have only seven days from the date the DMV mails your notice of suspension to request a hearing. It is very important to seek counsel from an experienced Hartford criminal lawyer as soon as possible after your arrest.

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At Carlson & Dumeer, LLC, you will find aggressive criminal defense and strength in your time of need. We can represent you in your hearing with the DMV, as well as for your criminal DUI charges. When you work with our firm, you will have the benefit of having two knowledgeable lawyers handling your case, one of whom formerly worked under a State prosecutor, as well as the support of an entire team of experts and consultants. We understand the importance of a strong attorney-client relationship, and we are available to you 24/7. Our firm offers a free case evaluation, so you have nothing to lose when you contact our firm.

Hartford Per Se Offense

DUI can be a "per se offense," or a violation that can lead to a conviction based upon proof of BAC without any proof of impairment in the ability to operate a vehicle, that can lead to driver's license suspension. It must be proven that you had a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08% or higher for drivers 21 or older, .02% or higher for drivers under 21, and .04% or higher for commercial drivers. By obtaining a driver's license in this state, you give implied consent to submit to breath or blood alcohol testing. Failure to submit means automatic license suspension for at least six months.

License suspension periods depend on your BAC and any prior convictions for DUI. With a first offense for an adult driver, the suspension period is 90 or 120 days, depending on the BAC. For underage DUI, the state's "zero tolerance" law provide for six months to five years suspension, depending on the age of the driver and prior convictions. For refusal to submit to a BAC test, the suspension penalties are six months for an adult first offense, and one to six years for a driver under the age of 21. A DUI arrest can have a serious impact on your future. Contact us for a knowledgeable Hartford criminal defense lawyer you can trust.

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