Police in Connecticut have arrested two men of drunk driving charges over a single car crash. The police arrived at the scene of a single car crash on Ash Street, Willimantic, Christmas morning and found Abimael Ramirez trying to move the crashed vehicle. They arrested him for driving while intoxicated and operating a vehicle without a valid license.

Later on, they found that Rolando Meletz was the one driving the car at the time of the crash. He too was arrested for drunken driving and driving a vehicle without a valid driver’s license. Police found Meletz close to the scene of the accident. Both men have been released on bond and are expected to appear in court on January 5th for their hearing.

Connecticut Laws on DUI

In Connecticut the laws against drunk driving or operating a vehicle when impaired are aimed at protecting other road users. The state considers driving a privilege and drivers are assumed to have implied consent to being tested for alcohol and impairment at any time. While in general a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08 is considered necessary for proving drunk driving any impairment to driving ability can also be taken as evidence in Connecticut to prove drunk driving.

Penalties

In Connecticut, operating a vehicle when under the influence is considered a criminal offense and invites minimum civil penalty of suspension of driving license as well as fines and charges. In addition, for a second offense the state can also install an ignition lock on your vehicle at your cost for two years. Multiple drunk driving convictions can lead to the permanent revocation of your driving license.

Drunk Driving Defense

If you have been charged with operating a vehicle when under the influence, you need to retain the services of an experienced drunk driving attorney who can defend you and protect your rights. The drunk driving lawyer will examine the evidence against you and ensure that only evidence collected lawfully is presented in court against you. In such cases, the prosecutors might be willing to drop some of the charges and reduce the penalty as well.

Depending on the actual circumstances of the case and the evidence available, an experienced drunk driving lawyer might be able to help you avoid some of the most serious penalties associated with the charge.

Accident Compensation Claims

When a person has been accused of causing a drunk driving accident, those who have been injured because of the accident can claim compensation from the accused. A drunk driving accident lawyer will be able to help reduce the compensation due by assessing the circumstances of the accident and trying to show that the accused was not responsible for the accident or not fully at fault.

This will help reduce the compensation that needs to be paid as well. In other cases, the lawyer might be able to ensure that the drunk driving charges are dropped so that accused has to only pay financial compensation for causing the accident and not face any criminal penalties which is an entirely different ballgame.