First-Offender DWI

35 Mason Street, 3rd Floor, Greenwich CT 06830

Greenwich Office:203-622-4455

Law Offices of Doug Wells Greenwich Connecticut Law Offices of Doug Wells Greenwich Connecticut

35 Mason Street, 3rd Floor, Greenwich CT 06830

203-622-4455

Competent and Compassionate Representation

First-Offender DWI

Greenwich Lawyer Handling DWI First-Offense Cases

Over 35 Years of Criminal Defense Experience in Stamford, New Canaan, and Fairfield County

connecticut first offender dwi attorney

Many, if not most, first-time DWI offenders have a minimal or no criminal history. Despite this, a drunk driving arrest can be very serious, potentially leading to fines, the loss of your license and even jail. You need a lawyer who can navigate the criminal justice system on your behalf and work toward a positive resolution.

I am Douglas J. Wells, a Greenwich criminal defense attorney. If you have been charged with DWI, I will provide a skilled defense against these charges.

First-Offenses and Alternatives to a Criminal Sentence

The penalties for a first-offense DWI in Connecticut can include a two-day jail sentence, with a suspended sentence of up to six months, as well as 100 hours of community service and probation. Fines can range from $500 to $1,000, and your license can be suspended for 45 days, with an additional year of driving a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device (IID).

The good news is that Connecticut has an alternative program for qualifying first-time offenders. The Pretrial Alcohol Education Program allows individuals to keep their driving privileges and avoid conviction by meeting certain conditions. These conditions include attendance at weekly meetings and may include substance abuse treatment classes. If you meet the eligibility requirements for this program and successfully complete the program, your charges will be dismissed.

If you qualify for this program, I can help you prepare your application, and I will work to convince the judge and the prosecutor that you deserve fair consideration. If the evidence suggests that you did not commit a crime, or if the prosecutor will have trouble proving some element of the charge, I will explain the weaknesses in the states case so you can make an informed decision on how to proceed.

Contact the Law Office of Douglas J. Wells

Call me locally at 203-622-4455 or complete my online contact form to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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