Connecticut Drunk Driving Fines & Penalties

What are the penalties for a DUI in Connecticut?

1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
Jail 2 days up to 6 months 120 days up to 2 years 1 year up to 3 years
Fines and Penalties $500 to $1,000 $1,000 to $4,000 $2,000 to $8,000
License Suspension 1 year 1 year Permanent
IID** Required No Yes

Lookback Period: 10 years (Period of time that prior DUIs are relevant for sentencing. Also known as a “washout” period.)

What if you refuse to take a chemical test in Connecticut?

Connecticut has an implied consent law. That means that if you refuse to submit to a chemical test you will be subject to a fine and automatic license suspension. Learn more about Connecticut’s implied consent law.

  1st Offense 2nd Offense 3rd Offense
Refusal to take test 6 months suspension of license 1 year suspension of license 3 years suspension of license

Disclaimer: Laws often change, as do their interpretation and application. Different jurisdictions within a state may enforce the laws in different ways. For that reason, you should seek the advice of a local Bridgeport, Stamford or Hartford attorney familiar with DUI cases in your area.

Drinking and Driving Laws in Connecticut

The State of Connecticut has drunk driving laws that address driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Like many other states around the country, Connecticut has a lower blood alcohol concentration (BAC) limit for drivers under the age of 21. It is illegal for a minor to drive with a BAC of .02 percent or above. Adult drivers are considered legally intoxicated if their BAC is .08 percent and above.

How many drinks does it take to reach the legal limit in Connecticut? There isn’t one right answer to this question. Each driver has individual attributes that may impact the number of drinks that it takes to become legally drunk. Many factors, including weight, age and number of drinks consumed within a given time frame, all contribute to a drivers blood alcohol concentration (BAC). One study showed that one drink could raise your BAC by .05 percent. Keep in mind that in Connecticut you can be prosecuted for a DUI without being chemically tested, and you may be arrested without any direct evidence if your ability to drive has been “affected to an appreciable degree”.

The best answer is not to drink and drive. The State of Connecticut has strict laws for drunk driving, and when you drink and drive in Connecticut, you risk your freedom, finances and your future.