need to shorten time
Hire a lawyer to see what your options are and if it is possible.
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You are facing 2 different suspensions. The first one is triggered by your arrest and you can contest that by requesting an administrative hearing held at the DMV. The second suspension would be triggered by a guilty plea in the superior court. If you have any hope at all it would be through the efforts of a skilled dwi attorney representing you. The suspension periods are set by statute. There is no provision to "shorten" the time. You either prevail and receive no suspension whatsoever or you lose and face the statutorily prescribed suspension period. It's as simple as that. In short, you need a lawyer asap.
The first question I would ask you is whether you have used the Alcohol Education Program (AEP) and then been convicted of a DUI or whether you have only used the AEP and never been convicted of a DUI. The length of your suspension from DMV and the court will depend on your answer to this question. In Connecticut after your DUI arrest, you are first subject to a suspension from DMV which you may appeal at a DMV hearing but you have to respond to the letter sent by the DMV immediately to ask for a hearing, otherwise the suspension will go into effect and you will not be able to do anything about it although depending on your circumstances you may be eligible for a work permit. You will also receive a suspension from the court if you plead guilty or are convicted. You may then be eligible for an ignition interlock device which allows you to drive but comes with an installation fee and monthly payments. Go to the links below and read section 14-227a(g) and 14-227b(i) for more detailed information. It is complicated though and most people retain counsel for a DUI if they are not eligible for the AEP.
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Hire an attorney that knows how to fight the case; take your case to trial and win. That's how.
Hiring an experienced DUI attorney is crucial in your case. I agree with the other posters to your question. Assuming you have already used the AEP, Connecticut courts and prosecutors are tough on DUI case defendants. You will need to have a lawyer review all the facts in your criminal case to discuss these with the prosecutor.
Disclaimer: This is a general answer to a general question and does not constitute legal advice under Connecticut law or rules of practice for Connecticut attorneys.
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