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Connecticut Drunk Driving Case Law

Please find, below, selected case laws decided by Supreme Court of Connecticut or Court of Appeals of Connecticut where the terms dui, dwi, drunk driving, or driving under the influence has been mentioned. These cases are not necessarily criminal cases and may include cases where the facts or court decision merely mentions drunk driving related legal terms. You are not to rely on these cases as legal advice nor should you rely on them for accuracy. Please see Terms of Service.

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State v. Commins - 12/20/2005
The defendant, John J. Commins, was convicted, after a jury trial, of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in violation of General Statutes § 14-227a (a) (1). Thereafter, he pleaded nolo...

Margolin v. Kleban and Samor - 10/11/2005
The defendants, the law firm of Kleban and Samor, P.C. (law firm), and Jonathan D. Elliot, an attorney with the law firm, appeal from the judgment of the trial court, rendered after a jury trial, awarding $1,040,183 in damages to the...

Shea v. Doherty - 9/13/2005
The defendants, Michael Doherty and O & G Industries, Inc. (O & G), appeal from the judgment of the trial court rendered in favor of the plaintiff, Donald Shea. On appeal, the defendants argue that the court improperly (1)...

State v. D'Antonio - 8/2/2005
This court, in State v. Niblack, 220 Conn. 270, 280, 596 A.2d 407 (1991), approved of a procedure whereby a trial court may participate in the negotiation of a plea agreement between the state and a defendant, so long as a different...

Bengtson v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - 11/16/2004
This is a case of statutory interpretation. In order to deal with the severe risk of injury to the public that is caused by intoxicated drivers, the legislature has enacted two basic statutes. It is undisputed that, pursuant to...

State v. Kirk R. - 10/19/2004
The defendant appeals, following our grant of certification, from the judgment of the Appellate Court affirming the trial court's judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of two counts of sexual assault in the first...

State v. Perkins - 9/28/2004
The so-called "waiver rule" provides that, "when a motion for [a judgment of] acquittal at the close of the state's case is denied, a defendant may not secure appellate review of the trial court's ruling without [forgoing] the right...

State v. Vogele - 9/15/2004
On September 3, 2004 this court issued its decision on the defendant's motion to suppress and motion in limine from the bench. This court signed a copy of that transcript as required by P.B. Section 64-1(a). The following is this court's...

State v. Jones-Richards - 9/14/2004
The defendant, Doris Jones-Richards, was convicted, following a guilty plea, of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in violation of General Statutes § 14-227a (a) (2), of executing an improper...

State v. Ancona - 8/24/2004
A jury found the defendant, Michael Ancona, guilty of fabricating physical evidence in violation of General Statutes § 53a-155 (a) (2), conspiracy to fabricate physical evidence in violation of § 53a-155 (a) (2) and General Statutes...

Alvord v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - 8/3/2004
After a hearing, the defendant commissioner of motor vehicles ordered the suspension of the motor vehicle operator's license of the plaintiff, Justin M. Alvord, for having operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of...

State v. Borrelli - 6/24/2004
In Docket No. MV02-04355426 S Mrs. Borrelli is charged with one count of operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs in violation of Section 14-227a of the Connecticut General Statutes, and one count of reckless driving in violation...

State v. Christian - 3/9/2004
The defendant, Bruce R. Christian, Jr., appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of manslaughter in the second degree with a motor vehicle in violation of General Statutes § 53a-56b (a), operation of a...

State v. Rosario - 2/24/2004
The defendant, Luis Rosario, was the driver of a vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian. As a consequence of that accident, the state charged him in a three count information with evasion of responsibility in the operation of a...

Wentland v. American Equity Insurance Company - 2/17/2004
The dispositive issue in this appeal is whether the defendant insurer had a duty to defend certain actions brought against its insureds alleging injuries resulting from the insureds' service of alcohol, where the insurance policy...

State v. Nichols - 2/10/2004
The defendant, Sheryl Nichols, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in violation of General Statutes (Rev. to 2001) § 14-227a (a) (1) ...

State v. Santos - 1/27/2004
The dispositive issue in this appeal is whether the trial court properly denied the defendant's motion to suppress narcotics seized following a warrantless patdown search for weapons. The defendant, Pablo E. Santos, appeals from the...

Bengston v. State Dept. of Motor Vehicles - 1/20/2004
The plaintiff has appealed a decision of the department of motor vehicles which suspended his Connecticut driver's license for failing a chemical alcohol test. Record Before Hearing Officer The record before the hearing officer...

State v. Francis - 12/30/2003
The defendant, Paul Francis, was convicted, following a jury trial, of murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54a (a), felony murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54c, burglary in the first degree in violation of...

State v. Hickey - 12/23/2003
The defendant, Michael Hickey, appeals from the judgments of conviction of two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in violation of General Statutes (Rev. to 1999) § 14-227a, as...

Sanseverino v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - 10/14/2003
The plaintiff, Patricia A. Sanseverino, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing her administrative appeal from the decision of the defendant commissioner of motor vehicles suspending her motor vehicle operator's...

State v. Smalls - 8/5/2003
This criminal case, in which the defendant, Bernard Smalls, was found guilty of murder, criminal possession of a firearm and risk of injury to a child, concerns the prosecutor's rebuttal closing argument, and the court's failure to...

State v. Bothwell - 7/15/2003
The defendant, Richard F. Bothwell, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered following a jury trial, of operation of a motor vehicle while under the influence of liquor or drugs or while having an elevated blood alcohol...

State v. Ciccio - 6/10/2003
The defendant, Salvatore Ciccio, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of assault in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-59 (a) (1). On appeal, the defendant claims that the trial...

State v. Innamorato - 5/20/2003
The defendant, Joseph P. Innamorato, Jr., appeals from the judgment of conviction on the charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in violation of General Statutes § 14-227a (a) following...

State v. Kirsch - 5/6/2003
The defendant, Randy Kirsch, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of manslaughter in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-55 (a) (3), manslaughter in the second degree with a...

State v. Gasser - 1/14/2003
The defendant, Thomas W. Gasser, appeals from the judgment of conviction rendered by the trial court subsequent to his plea of guilty to the charge of manslaughter in the second degree with a motor vehicle in violation of General...

State v. Gallichio - 7/23/2002
The defendant, Robert Gallichio, appeals from the judgment of conviction of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in violation of General Statutes § 14-227a (a) (2) as a second offender pursuant...

State v. Kratzert - 6/25/2002
The defendant, Arthur Gregg Kratzert, appeals from the trial court's judgment of conviction, rendered after a conditional plea of nolo contendere pursuant to General Statutes § 54-94a and Practice Book § 61-6, of operating a motor...

Wolf v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - 5/28/2002
In this administrative appeal, the principal issue is whether the trial court properly set aside the suspension of a motor vehicle operator's license. The suspension arose out of the alleged refusal of the operator to submit to a...

Funderburk v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - 3/19/2002
The plaintiff, Karl W. Funderburk, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing his appeal from the decision of the defendant commissioner of motor vehicles (commissioner) suspending his motor vehicle operator's license...

State v. Pjura - 2/12/2002
The defendant, James Pjura, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in violation of General Statutes § 14-227a (a) (1). The...

Roy v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - 12/18/2001
The plaintiff, Edward R. Roy, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing his appeal from the decision of the commissioner of motor vehicles (commissioner) suspending his motor vehicle operator's license (license) for six...

State v. Mikolinski - 7/3/2001
The issue raised in this certified appeal is whether a sobriety checkpoint established for the purpose of detecting violations of General Statutes (Rev. to 1997) § 14-227a (a) violates the provisions of article first, §§ 7 or 9, ...

In re Jeffery C. - 6/26/2001
The respondent father appeals from the judgment of the trial court finding him in civil contempt, granting attorney's fees for the preparation of a contempt motion by the office of the attorney general and issuing a temporary...

State v. Rigual - 5/8/2001
The issue in this appeal is whether the state is required to offer a nondiscriminatory reason to the court for exercising a peremptory challenge when the defendant claims the challenge is based on a prospective juror's ancestry or...

State v. Owens - 5/8/2001
The defendant, Andrew Owens, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of assault in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-59 (a) and carrying a pistol without a permit in violation of...

Harewood v. Carter - 5/1/2001
The first issue to be decided in this case, which arises out of a motor vehicle accident, is whether the trial court improperly granted the defendant's motion for a directed verdict on count two of the plaintiff's complaint, which...

State v. Joyner - 3/20/2001
This appeal concerns the possible collateral estoppel effect of a ruling by a habeas court on a subsequent criminal retrial. The defendant, Angelo Joyner, who, after a first trial, was convicted of, inter alia, sexual assault in the...

Bard v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - 2/27/2001
The plaintiff, Patrick Bard, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing his appeal from the decision by the defendant commissioner of motor vehicles (commissioner). The commissioner had ordered the suspension of the...

State v. Sanko - 2/27/2001
The principal issue in this appeal is whether, under the circumstances of this case, the trial court properly decided, without a jury trial, that the defendant was subject to an enhanced criminal penalty pursuant to General Statutes...

State v. Kilroy - 12/26/2000
The defendant, Edward J. Kilroy, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of two counts of assault in the second degree with a motor vehicle in violation of General Statutes § 53a-60d (a). The defendant...

State v. Faria - 9/26/2000
The issues in this appeal are: (1) whether the sentence imposed on the defendant, pursuant to the persistent dangerous felony offender statute, General Statutes § 53a-40 (f), after his retrial was more severe than the sentence he...

State v. AFSCME - 9/12/2000
The defendant, AFSCME, Council 4, Local 2663, AFL-CIO, appeals from the judgment of the trial court vacating an arbitrator's award that ordered the reinstatement of a union member who had been dismissed from his position as a driver...

Murphy v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - 8/22/2000
The dispositive issues in this appeal are: (1) whether the Appellate Court properly concluded that the evidence in the administrative record was insufficient to establish probable cause that the plaintiff, Mary Ellen Murphy, had...

State v. Valinski - 8/8/2000
The issue in this certified appeal is whether a defendant charged with the operation of a motor vehicle while his license is under suspension in violation of General Statutes (Rev. to 1995) § 14-215 (c) (driving under suspension) has...

State v. Pare - 7/11/2000
The defendant, Joseph Pare, was convicted, after a jury trial, of the crime of murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54a. Following two days of deliberations, the jury returned a guilty verdict and, in accordance with the...

State v. Bolanos - 6/20/2000
The state appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing the information that charged the defendant, Wilson J. Bolanos, with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in violation of General...

State v. Hafford - 3/7/2000
The defendant, Christopher Hafford, was tried before a three judge panel, Barry, Norko and Langenbach, Js., and convicted of capital felony in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54b (7), felony murder in violation of General...

Fishburn v. Kozlowski - 12/22/1999
The plaintiff, David Fishbein, appealed to the Superior Court from the suspension of his motor vehicle operator's license by the defendant commissioner of motor vehicles (commissioner) pursuant to General Statutes (Rev. to 1995) §...

State v. Parra - 12/14/1999
The defendant, Juan Parra, was charged with, inter alia, manslaughter in the second degree with a motor vehicle in violation of General Statutes § 53a-56b, based upon an accident that occurred on November 18, 1990. After rejecting...

State v. Gregory - 12/14/1999
The defendant, Marcus Gregory, appeals from the judgments of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in the first degree in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-92 (a) (2) (B) and 53a-48,...

State v. Copp - 9/7/1999
The defendant, Paul Copp, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of assault in the second degree with a motor vehicle in violation of General Statutes § 53a-60d and operating a motor vehicle while under...

Mailhot v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - 6/29/1999
This appeal is taken after an administrative department of motor vehicles per se hearing and from the trial court's judgment dismissing the appeal. We affirm the judgment of the trial court. The plaintiff, Steven M. Mailhot,...

State v. James - 6/29/1999
The defendant, William James, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of manslaughter in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-55 (a) (1), use of a firearm in the commission of a class...

State v. Beliveau - 3/30/1999
The defendant, Norman J. Beliveau, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in violation of General Statutes § 14-227a (a) (1)...

Kostrzewski v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - 3/23/1999
The plaintiff, Barbara Kostrzewski, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing her appeal from the decision of the defendant, the Connecticut commissioner of motor vehicles. The commissioner suspended the plaintiff's...

State v. Angueira - 2/16/1999
The defendant appeals from the judgment of conviction of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in violation of General Statutes § 14-227a (a). On appeal, the defendant claims that the trial court...

BRITTELL v. DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION - 4/30/1998
The plaintiff, Elizabeth Brittell, formerly a correction officer employed by the named defendant, the department of correction, brought this damages action claiming that the defendant: (1) failed to take proper steps to remedy a...

Bancroft v. Commissioner of Motor Vehicles - 4/14/1998
Lavery, Spear and Healey, Js. Argued December 12, 1997 On April 7, 1996, the plaintiff, Steven Bancroft, was arrested in Old Saybrook for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in...

STATE v. RIGUAL - 3/23/1998
The defendant, Antonio Rigual, appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of attempted assault of a peace officer in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-49 and 53a-167c(a)(1) and the commission...

STATE v. SWAIN - 3/18/1998
The dispositive issue in this appeal is whether knowledge that one's license has been suspended is an essential element of the crime of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license in violation of General Statutes § 14-215. We...

DUMONT v. COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES - 2/19/1998
This is an appeal from the judgment dismissing the appeal by the plaintiff, Roland Dumont, from the decision of the commissioner of motor vehicles suspending Dumont's license to operate a motor vehicle. Dumont claims that (1) there...

SCHUH v. COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES - 2/18/1998
The plaintiff appeals from the trial court's judgment sustaining the defendant commissioner's suspension of the plaintiff's motor vehicle operator's license for refusal to submit to a chemical alcohol test following his arrest for...

ELLAM v. COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES - 1/27/1998
The plaintiff, Bruce Ellam, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing his appeal from the administrative decision of the defendant commissioner of motor vehicles (commissioner) suspending his driver's license pursuant...

STATE v. FARIA - 11/25/1997
The defendant, Inde Faria, appeals from the judgment of conviction, following a jury trial, of kidnapping in the first degree in violation of General Statutes § 53a-92 (a) (2)(A), attempted sexual assault in the first degree in...

ELLAM v. COMMISSIONER OF MOTOR VEHICLES - 11/13/1997
The plaintiff, Bruce Ellam, appeals from the judgment of the trial court dismissing his appeal from the administrative decision of the defendant commissioner of motor vehicles (commissioner) suspending his driver's license pursuant...

KIREI v. HADLEY - 11/13/1997
The plaintiff appeals from the trial court's judgment sustaining the defendant commissioner's suspension of the plaintiff's motor vehicle operator's license for refusal to submit to a chemical alcohol test following his arrest for...

NEVERS v. VAN ZUILEN - 9/30/1997
The plaintiff appeals from the judgment of the trial court rendered on a jury verdict in favor of the defendant. The underlying cause of action arose from an automobile accident in which the plaintiff sustained personal injuries. The...

STATE v. DOWNEY - 5/13/1997
The defendant appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54a. He claims that (1) there was insufficient evidence of the element of an intent to kill to sustain...

EISENBACH v. DOWNEY - 5/13/1997
In this action, sounding in negligence, the defendants appeal from the judgment of the trial court rendered on a jury verdict in favor of the plaintiffs. On appeal, the defendants claim that the trial court improperly (1)...

STATE v. GUESS - 4/22/1997
The defendant, Barry Guess, was charged in one count with murder in violation of General Statutes §§ 53a-8 and 53a-54a (a) and in a second count with carrying a pistol without a permit in violation of General Statutes § 29-35. ...

STATE v. PETRUZZELLI - 4/21/1997
With the court's permission, the state has appealed from the judgment dismissing a charge of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor in violation of General Statutes § 14-227a. That charge was...

DIDOMIZIO v. FRANKEL - 4/1/1997
The plaintiffs appeal from the judgment of the trial court directing a verdict in favor of the defendant in an action brought pursuant to General Statutes § 13a-144. The principal issues presented in this appeal are...

STATE v. DOWNEY - 2/27/1997
The defendant appeals from the judgment of conviction, rendered after a jury trial, of murder in violation of General Statutes § 53a-54a. He claims that (1) there was insufficient evidence of the element of an intent to kill to...

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