In Connecticut, people who are charged with DUI for the first time will generally be eligible to take the alchohol education program. The main benefit of the program to the defendant is that the DUI charges will be dismissed when the program is finished. Since the charges are dismissed, the defendant won't have a DUI on their record. Their will be severe penalties, but at least they won't have a criminal record.
Until recenty, second major benefit of the alcohol education program to the defendant was the defendant was not required to have an ignition interlock device installed on their car. The devices are failry expensive. They require an installation fee, and then there is also a monthly charge.
Now, effective July 1, 2015, all that will change with a new law in Connecticut that makes the ignition interlock device mandatory for all DUI cases even when the defendant is eligible for the alcohol education program.
Overall, this new rule puts Connecticut in line with most other states that have some sort of requirement for an ignition interlock device for DUIs.
DUI laws are a complex set of rules that change frequently due to new legislative acts like this one.
If you or anyone you know is charged with a DUI, you should have the help of a lawywer to help you navidate the rules that apply. If you need help you can contact the DUI lawyers at The Bartinik Law Firm, P.C. 100 Fort Hill Road, Groton, Connecticut at 860-445-8521 or toll free at 888-717-4211.