A Winning Approach To DUI Defense

If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Connecticut, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. You could face steep fines, driver's license suspension, probation, community service and even incarceration.

At the Law Offices of Dan Lyons & Associates, we know how to fight DUI charges in West Haven, Milford and throughout the New Haven area. We aggressively attack every aspect of the prosecution's case, including:

  • The legality of the motor vehicle stop
  • The legality of the arrest
  • The administration and results of the standard field sobriety test
  • The results of the blood, breath or urine test

DUI defense attorney Dan Lyons is a former prosecutor who knows drunk driving defense cases from both sides. He has stood in the shoes of the prosecution. He knows how to make it very difficult for them and how to develop defense strategies which are likely to be successful in either beating the charges or reducing the punishment.

Protecting Your Driver's License And Your Freedom

If you are arrested for DUI, you will have to appear in criminal court because DUI is a criminal offense, not a mere traffic violation. You may also face separate proceedings brought by the Motor Vehicle Department to suspend your privilege to operate in Connecticut.

When you retain us to represent you in this type of matter, we will represent you in court as well as any proceedings at the Motor Vehicle Department to suspend your operator's license.

Motor Vehicle Suspension Hearings

After your arrest for a DUI, you will receive a notice from the Department of Motor Vehicles advising you that your license will be suspended 30 days from the date of your arrest.

You have seven days from the date of this notice to schedule a hearing at the DMV to challenge the suspension.

Call us immediately at 203-901-1230 to find out how to preserve your right to a hearing to challenge your suspension. If you don't request the hearing in a timely manner, your license will be suspended without a hearing.

At the suspension hearing held by the Department of Motor Vehicles, we will defend against an automatic, mandatory 45-day suspension of your license if you took a blood alcohol test and scored above the legal limit, or if you refused to take any tests. The law requires a license suspension by the Motor Vehicle Department for drivers who refuse to take a breath, blood or urine test or drivers whose test results indicate elevated blood alcohol content (BAC).

If there is a suspension, your license will be suspended for a 45-day period. You will not be eligible to get your operator's license reinstated until or unless you install an ignition interlock device (IID) in every vehicle you own and operate. Effective July 1, 2015, anyone convicted of DUI will be required to install an IID in every vehicle they own and operate for a period of time ranging from six months to one year for first-time offenders, and longer time periods for second and third-time offenders and beyond. If you must install such a device, we will help you with the process so you are in compliance with the law. Additional suspension periods and IID requirements may be imposed following a court conviction for DUI.

Qualified drivers may be eligible to obtain a special operator's permit which will allow them to drive on a limited basis to and from work or school during the initial 45-day suspension period. We will help you prepare your application for a special operator's permit.

Court Proceedings

In court, if you face first-time DUI charges, we will evaluate whether your case is defensible, and if so, we will aggressively defend you. If it is not a defensible case, we will explore other options, including placement in a court-sponsored diversionary program which will lessen the consequences and not result in a conviction for DUI. If you are not eligible for a diversionary program, we are prepared to defend you of the charges to either get you off, or to reduce the punishment.

Fight The Charges

While the consequences of a DUI conviction can be harsh and expensive, you are innocent until proven guilty. We are here to guide you through the legal process and help you achieve the most successful possible outcome both at the Motor Vehicle Department level and in court.

Remember, if you are arrested for DUI, you face possible sanctions in both the Motor Vehicle Department and in court.

Contact our law offices online to arrange your initial consultation. Nominal fees are charged for initial consultations which are rolled into your retainer when you hire the firm.