At The Maddox Law Firm, we understand that one minor error in judgment may have lifelong consequences. A drunk driving conviction in Connecticut may result in severe penalties and fines, as well as license suspension. In today’s society, your privilege to drive is an absolute necessity. Most people in our communities need to drive to work and many need to be able to drive in order to fulfill their job responsibilities. Our need to drive extends to our daily lives as well, for such things as running errands and making sure that our children and other family members arrive at their appointed destinations.

Why hire a DWI attorney?

  • Knowledge of local court systems
  • Familiarity with local court prosecutors and judges
  • Understanding of different diversionary programs
  • Ensures the best results concerning your permanent record and driver’s license
  • Peace of mind that your case will be expertly handled

If you have the assistance of a skilled DWI (also known as DUI) lawyer, your battle to retain your license or obtain a provisional license for work or school, following a drunk driving charge will be much easier.

We Can Help With Your DUI Charge

The Maddox Law Firm’s DWI attorneys provides thorough and creative legal defenses to people arrested and charged with drunk driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both. It is important to understand that you may be charged with driving while under the influence of marijuana, narcotics, even prescription medication. There are medical and chemical differences depending upon the substance that you have been alleged to be driving under. The Maddox Law Firm represents people throughout Fairfield County, including Stamford, Norwalk, New Canaan, Bridgeport, Danbury, Greenwich, and Darien.

Being arrested for drunk driving, or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both, (DWI or DUI) is a stressful experience. Penalties may include suspension or loss of license, increased insurance rates, incarceration, probation, the imposition of fines, and a permanent motor vehicle or even a criminal record.

An experienced criminal and DWI defense lawyer can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case.

Underage DWI

Underage DWI allegations can result in very significant consequences for our under-21-year-old clients.  Some of those consequences aren’t necessarily imposed by law; they come in the form of internet media coverage and damage to educational and job planning.

Connecticut has adopted the equivalent of a “zero tolerance” standard for underage DWI.  If you’re under 21 and your blood alcohol concentration, (read – “breath test”), is only .02, you are DWI.  What comes next are DMV penalties that can be twice as harsh as the penalties imposed upon adults and very often, court-imposed conditions specifically targeting underage drivers.

Of course, don’t ever forget that even if you are underage or if your son or daughter is underage and charged with DWI, you are protected by every right and safeguard guaranteed by the Connecticut and Federal Constitutions.  The Maddox Law Firm has been defending teenagers and young adults for twenty-five years.  We know the law and strategies that protect our young clients and we know how to put them back on the path toward their plans and goals.

Click here to view our Connecticut Social Host Law information card.

Complicated DWI Laws - Driving Permits and Ignition Devices

Your DWI attorney must be informed about the most up-to-date laws regarding ignition interlock devices, how they work and what your legal obligations are concerning ignition interlock devices, (IID’s). Attorney Matthew Maddox knows the laws concerning IID devices. The Maddox Law Firm can assist you with your fight to keep driving despite Connecticut DMV laws that bear on your right to drive after a DWI. We can also assist you with an application for a Permit to Operate a Motor Vehicle for Work or Education, commonly referred to as a provisional license or a work permit.

If you are accused of refusing a breathalyzer or a blood alcohol test, you need to know exactly what the consequences are of such an allegation. Attorney Matthew Maddox has litigated and defended hundreds of cases with allegations of a breathalyzer refusal under Connecticut’s Implied Consent law.
If you are alleged to be driving under the influence of marijuana or narcotics or prescription medication, the Maddox Law firm has the knowledge and experience and the necessary experts to defend the often-complicated aspects of such allegations.

If you have been charged with DWI, the Maddox Law Firm exhausts every available remedy to defend you, protect your Constitutional rights and your statutory privileges. Contact the Maddox Law Firm for proven results.
Connecticut is an implied consent state. That means that we agree that in exchange for our driver’s license, (privilege to drive), we will submit to a blood alcohol test when police allege probable cause for DWI. There are administrative penalties at the DMV for refusing to submit to a test and the refusal can be used against a driver if there is a trial. Connecticut hasn’t reached the stage yet of strapping down DWI suspects and forcibly extracting blood from our Constitutionally safeguarded veins.

License Suspension and Ignition Interlock Devices

After a DWI arrest, your privilege to drive will be suspended for 45 days. With some exceptions that an experienced DWI attorney will be able to identify, your suspension will begin thirty days from the date of your arrest. Likewise, it may be possible through the assistance of a DWI defense lawyer, to defeat the suspension of your driving privilege; certainly consulting with a OUI or DWI lawyer will enable you to know what you can anticipate regarding suspension or non-suspension.

After your arrest, the relevant statute requires police to physically take your driver’s license and suspend your driving privilege immediately if the results of a breathalyzer or other blood alcohol concentration test places you above the legal limit. For adults the legal limit is .08. For anyone under the age of 21, the legal limit is .02. After that first 24 hours, you are entitled to the return of your physical driver’s license from police. Be sure to understand, though, that the physical license itself isn’t the same thing as your driving privilege. To repeat, DMV will notify you of the start-date for your suspension and that suspension will begin 30 days after your arrest. The DMV letter that notifies you of your suspension start date will also tell you that you have a right to request a hearing. You should always make sure that your attorney receives an immediate copy of that letter. DWI defense lawyer, Matthew Maddox, has nearly 25 years of experience fighting for clients’ driving privileges at those DMV hearings, more technically known as DMV Per Se hearings.

If you are working or attending post-high school educational program, you may be eligible for a Special Permit to Operat a Motor Vehicle to and from Work, or a Special Permit for Higher Education. Most people who are facing their first DWI arrest and who have submitted to a Blood Alcohol Concentration test will be eligible for such applications. Once you receive such a permit, you may be allowed to drive during your initial 45 day suspension period within the restrictions of your permit.

CAUTION: Driving outside of your permit restrictions or any other DMV restrictions, including ignition interlock device requirements while your privilege to drive is suspended, is a violation of a separate Connecticut law that imposes a mandatory thirty day jail sentence. Don’t risk it!

Ignition Interlock Device

An ignition interlock device, (IID) is a mechanism that is installed in a car that requires you to blow into the device in order to detect your blood alcohol concentration before you operate the car. The Connecticut Ignition Interlock laws restrict your driving after the initial 45-day suspension period. There are two forms that require completion and processing in order to (1) have an ignition interlock device installed in the car that you drive and then (2) register that device so that you can actually drive that car. The period of time that you will be required to drive with the IID will depend upon whether and to what extent you have a DWI history. The minimum amount of time required under Connecticut law is six months for a first-time alleged offender. If you are accused of refusing to submit to a Blood Alcohol Concentration test, the minimum IID period will be one year. While you are driving with an IID, you will also be required to have the data from your device uploaded by a licensed location for monitoring of the date by the State of Connecticut.

The foregoing is only a summary of some of the Connecticut DWI laws regarding suspension and the ignition interlock device. Experienced DWI lawyer Matthew Maddox knows all of the particulars of Connecticut DMV laws and restrictions as they relate to DWI and he will help you to protect your rights and privileges.

SUPREME COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN DRUNKEN DRIVING CASE :::: CLICK TO READ :::

At The Maddox Law Firm, we understand that one minor error in judgment may have lifelong consequences. A drunk driving conviction in Connecticut may result in severe penalties and fines, as well as license suspension. In today’s society, your privilege to drive is an absolute necessity. Most people in our communities need to drive to work and many need to be able to drive in order to fulfill their job responsibilities. Our need to drive extends to our daily lives as well, for such things as running errands and making sure that our children and other family members arrive at their appointed destinations.

If you have the assistance of a skilled DWI (also known as DUI) lawyer, your battle to retain your license or obtain a provisional license for work or school, following a drunk driving charge will be much easier.

The Maddox Law Firm’s DWI attorneys provides thorough and creative legal defenses to people arrested and charged with drunk driving, driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or both. It is important to understand that you may be charged with driving while under the influence of marijuana, narcotics, even prescription medication. There are medical and chemical differences depending upon the substance that you have been alleged to be driving under. The Maddox Law Firm represents people throughout Fairfield County, Connecticut, including the towns and cities of Stamford, Norwalk, New Canaan, Bridgeport, Greenwich, and Darien.

Being arrested for drunk driving, or driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or both, (DWI or DUI) is a stressful experience. Penalties may include suspension or loss of license, increased insurance rates, incarceration, probation, the imposition of fines, and a permanent motor vehicle or even a criminal record.

An experienced criminal and DWI defense lawyer can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case.

Underage DWI

Underage DWI allegations can result in very significant consequences for our under-21-year-old clients.  Some of those consequences aren’t necessarily imposed by law; they come in the form of internet media coverage and damage to educational and job planning.

Connecticut has adopted the equivalent of a “zero tolerance” standard for underage DWI.  If you’re under 21 and your blood alcohol concentration, (read – “breath test”), is only .02, you are DWI.  What comes next are DMV penalties that can be twice as harsh as the penalties imposed upon adults and very often, court-imposed conditions specifically targeting underage drivers.

Of course, don’t ever forget that even if you are underage or if your son or daughter is underage and charged with DWI, you are protected by every right and safeguard guaranteed by the Connecticut and Federal Constitutions.  The Maddox Law Firm has been defending teenagers and young adults for twenty-five years.  We know the law and strategies that protect our young clients and we know how to put them back on the path toward their plans and goals.

Click here to view our Connecticut Social Host Law information card.

Complicated DWI Laws - Driving Permits and Ignition Devices

Your DWI attorney must be informed about the most up-to-date laws regarding ignition interlock devices, how they work and what your legal obligations are concerning ignition interlock devices, (IID’s). Attorney Matthew Maddox knows the laws concerning IID devices. The Maddox Law Firm can assist you with your fight to keep driving despite Connecticut DMV laws that bear on your right to drive after a DWI. We can also assist you with an application for a Permit to Operate a Motor Vehicle for Work or Education, commonly referred to as a provisional license or a work permit.

If you are accused of refusing a breathalyzer or a blood alcohol test, you need to know exactly what the consequences are of such an allegation. Attorney Matthew Maddox has litigated and defended hundreds of cases with allegations of a breathalyzer refusal under Connecticut’s Implied Consent law.
If you are alleged to be driving under the influence of marijuana or narcotics or prescription medication, the Maddox Law firm has the knowledge and experience and the necessary experts to defend the often-complicated aspects of such allegations.

If you have been charged with DWI, the Maddox Law Firm exhausts every available remedy to defend you, protect your Constitutional rights and your statutory privileges. Contact the Maddox Law Firm for proven results.
Connecticut is an implied consent state. That means that we agree that in exchange for our driver’s license, (privilege to drive), we will submit to a blood alcohol test when police allege probable cause for DWI. There are administrative penalties at the DMV for refusing to submit to a test and the refusal can be used against a driver if there is a trial. Connecticut hasn’t reached the stage yet of strapping down DWI suspects and forcibly extracting blood from our Constitutionally safeguarded veins.

License Suspension and Ignition Interlock Devices

After a DWI arrest, your privilege to drive will be suspended for 45 days. With some exceptions that an experienced DWI attorney will be able to identify, your suspension will begin thirty days from the date of your arrest. Likewise, it may be possible through the assistance of a DWI defense lawyer, to defeat the suspension of your driving privilege; certainly consulting with a OUI or DWI lawyer will enable you to know what you can anticipate regarding suspension or non-suspension.

After your arrest, the relevant statute requires police to physically take your driver’s license and suspend your driving privilege immediately if the results of a breathalyzer or other blood alcohol concentration test places you above the legal limit. For adults the legal limit is .08. For anyone under the age of 21, the legal limit is .02. After that first 24 hours, you are entitled to the return of your physical driver’s license from police. Be sure to understand, though, that the physical license itself isn’t the same thing as your driving privilege. To repeat, DMV will notify you of the start-date for your suspension and that suspension will begin 30 days after your arrest. The DMV letter that notifies you of your suspension start date will also tell you that you have a right to request a hearing. You should always make sure that your attorney receives an immediate copy of that letter. DWI defense lawyer, Matthew Maddox, has nearly 25 years of experience fighting for clients’ driving privileges at those DMV hearings, more technically known as DMV Per Se hearings.

If you are working or attending post-high school educational program, you may be eligible for a Special Permit to Operat a Motor Vehicle to and from Work, or a Special Permit for Higher Education. Most people who are facing their first DWI arrest and who have submitted to a Blood Alcohol Concentration test will be eligible for such applications. Once you receive such a permit, you may be allowed to drive during your initial 45 day suspension period within the restrictions of your permit.

CAUTION: Driving outside of your permit restrictions or any other DMV restrictions, including ignition interlock device requirements while your privilege to drive is suspended, is a violation of a separate Connecticut law that imposes a mandatory thirty day jail sentence. Don’t risk it!

Ignition Interlock Device

An ignition interlock device, (IID) is a mechanism that is installed in a car that requires you to blow into the device in order to detect your blood alcohol concentration before you operate the car. The Connecticut Ignition Interlock laws restrict your driving after the initial 45-day suspension period. There are two forms that require completion and processing in order to (1) have an ignition interlock device installed in the car that you drive and then (2) register that device so that you can actually drive that car. The period of time that you will be required to drive with the IID will depend upon whether and to what extent you have a DWI history. The minimum amount of time required under Connecticut law is six months for a first-time alleged offender. If you are accused of refusing to submit to a Blood Alcohol Concentration test, the minimum IID period will be one year. While you are driving with an IID, you will also be required to have the data from your device uploaded by a licensed location for monitoring of the date by the State of Connecticut.

The foregoing is only a summary of some of the Connecticut DWI laws regarding suspension and the ignition interlock device. Experienced DWI lawyer Matthew Maddox knows all of the particulars of Connecticut DMV laws and restrictions as they relate to DWI and he will help you to protect your rights and privileges.

SUPREME COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS IN DRUNKEN DRIVING CASE :::: CLICK TO READ :::

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