DUI, OUI, and Traffic Violations in Connecticut
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A DUI/DWI charge can be life-changing and stressful. A single mistake can lead to a flurry of confusing legal activity. The criminal defense attorneys at Maya Murphy are well-versed and knowledgeable in handling matters involving vehicle offenses committed on our State roads and highways. Below you will find information on matters we frequently handle, though this is certainly a non-exhaustive overview.
Being convicted of specific traffic offenses may result in the suspension or revocation of a person’s driver’s license, which can impose particularly heavy burdens on one’s ability to travel and engage in employment opportunities. As such, it is critical for an individual facing this situation to obtain counsel who has the experience and know-how to provide an effective legal defense against the charges faced. Should you find yourself facing criminal charges stemming from a DUI or traffic offense, please do not hesitate to call us at (203) 221-3100 today to schedule a consultation.
Driving Under The Influence/Driving While Intoxicated
Connecticut’s DUI law, oftentimes abbreviated OMVUI, facilitates prosecution for driving under the influence under two theories. The State may choose to show that an individual operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, which is typically established through the administration of field sobriety tests and observations by witnesses and officers. Alternatively, the State may instead introduce evidence, such as the results of a chemical analysis, indicating that the operator had an elevated blood alcohol content.
Interestingly, the scope of “operation” has been a hot subject for appellate litigation. Connecticut courts have held that even a single step in the process of operating a motor vehicle counts, including such conduct as inserting a key into the ignition or using a remote car starter may constitute operation. In addition, courts have found that individuals who were either asleep or unconscious at the wheel of a motor vehicle that had the engine running were “operators” under the meaning of this statute.
Evasion Of Responsibility
A person who is knowingly involved in a motor vehicle accident that results in serious physical injury or death is required to stop immediately and render assistance and provide identifying information either to the victim or a witness. If an individual is unable to do so, he or she must immediately report the death or serious physical injury to police and provide any identifying information. Failure to follow these requirements, such as fleeing the scene of the accident or simply driving away, constitutes evasion of responsibility in violation of Connecticut law.
Operating Under Suspension
A person who is either refused a license or who has it suspended or revoked is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle until the end of the refusal, suspension, or revocation. In this context, a motor vehicle includes “all vehicles used on public highways.” Our courts have determined, for example, that the operation of mini-motorcycles and ATVs during the period of suspension constitutes a violation of this law.
It is against the law for a person to operate their motor vehicle in a reckless manner in light of weather conditions and the size, traffic patterns, and use of highways, roads, school properties, and parking areas in our State. Our legislature has provided several methods of establishing recklessness, including: operating a motor vehicle at such a high rate of speed that the lives of other people are placed into danger; knowingly operating a motor vehicle that has a defective mechanism (such as faulty brakes); and operating a motor vehicle in excess of eighty-five (85) miles per hour.
Contact the law offices of Maya Murphy for assistance with your Driving Under the Influence charges. Call our New York City locations at 212-682-5700 or our Westport, CT office at 203-221-3100.