Connecticut Attorney Christopher Duby
DUI-DWI Defense Attorney
Connecticut DUI DWI Defense Lawyer

A few weeks after you have been arrested for DWI/DUI in Connecticut, you will receive a driver's license suspension notice from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Unless you act promptly to request a hearing, your driver's license will be automatically suspended.

I am Christopher Duby, a DWI/DUI defense lawyer in North Haven, Connecticut. I represent clients in both their criminal court case as well as their DMV driver's license suspension hearing. The DMV driver's license suspension hearing is a separate process from your criminal DWI/DUI case and only concerns your driving privileges.

Free 1/2 hour consultation. Call today- 203-234-2888 or complete our simple contact form.


Your Connecticut DMV Hearing

The DMV Driver's License Suspension Process

In Connecticut, police officers send an A44 arrest report to the DMV following a DWI/DUI arrest. Once the DMV receives this report, it has 30 days to send you a driver's license suspension letter. Once this letter is sent (whether you actually receive the letter or not), you will have seven days to request a hearing to contest the suspension.

It is vital that you know this: the DMV will send mail to the address it has on file for you and to that address only. If you get mail at a different address, you may not get your suspension notice and you may miss your chance to save your license.

To suspend your driver's license, the DMV will have to find that:

  • You were operating a car on a public road.
  • You were arrested.
  • The police officer had probable cause to arrest you.
  • You had a blood alcohol content (BAC) above .08 or you refused a Breathalyzer test.

By reviewing your arrest report and perhaps cross-examining the police officer, your lawyer may be able to find technical errors that can help you win your case and save your license.

Driver's License Suspension Periods in Connecticut

The following driver's license suspension periods will apply in your civil case:

First offense:

  • Three months if your BAC was under .16
  • Four months if your BAC was over .16
  • Six months if you refused a Breathalyzer test

Second offense:

  • Nine months if your BAC was under .16
  • Ten months if your BAC was over .16
  • One year if you refused a Breathalyzer test

Third offense:

  • Two years if your BAC was under .16
  • Thirty months if your BAC was over .16
  • Three years if you refused a Breathalyzer test

You also face a criminal suspension of your driver's license if you are later convicted or plead guilty to drunk driving. If you drive after your license has been suspended for an alcohol-related offense, you could be sentenced to up to one year in jail and you will have to spend at least 30 days in jail. However, I can help you apply for a work permit to drive to and from your job or school.

Learn More About DWI/DUI Law in Connecticut

When so much is at stake, it does not make sense to take a chance with your future. For more information about the consequences and defenses in a Connecticut DWI/DUI case, please select from the following:

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To discuss your case with Connecticut lawyer Christopher Duby, call 203-234-2888 24 hours a day or complete our simple contact form.

My philosophy as a lawyer is simple:

  • Put the client first
  • Respond to phone calls
  • Schedule a free initial consultation no matter what your case is about

The Law Office of Christopher Duby LLC is located at 22 Broadway, North Haven, CT 06473. View Google Map and directions.

Connecticut Attorney Christopher Duby represents clients in New Haven County, Hartford County, Fairfield County and Middlesex County in Connecticut, including the communities of New Haven, Hamden, North Haven, East Haven, Branford, Madison, Milford, West Haven, Cheshire, Meriden, Wallingford, Guilford, North Branford, Woodbridge, Bethany, Monroe, Trumbull, Easton, Fairfield, Stratford, Bridgeport, Oxford, Beacon Falls, Seymour, Ansonia, Derby, Orange, Shelton, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Middletown, Middlefield, Portland, Durham, Prospect, Naugatuck, Wolcott, Waterbury, Watertown, Middlebury, Woodbury, Southbury, Southington.