Drinking while operating a motor vehicle is a very broad offense. It is also a charge that raises many possible defenses. Can the State prove that the substance was “alcohol”? Were you operating on a “public highway”? Although it is a relatively minor charge, it is one that must be taken seriously. Any misdemeanor criminal conviction will leave you with a permanent criminal record.
You never want to put yourself in a position to have to explain why you have a drinking while operating a motor vehicle conviction to a future employer. And in many cases, you may never get to explain it. Because a background check will be performed on you, and you simply won't be offered the job.
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Connecticut Drinking While Operating Motor Vehicle Law
Sec. 53a-213. Drinking while operating motor vehicle: Class C misdemeanor.
(a) A person is guilty of drinking while operating a motor vehicle when he drinks any alcoholic liquor while operating a motor vehicle upon a public highway of this state or upon any road of any specially chartered municipal association or of any district organized under the provisions of chapter 105, a purpose of which is the construction and maintenance of roads and sidewalks, or in any parking area for ten cars or more, or upon any private road on which a speed limit has been established in accordance with the provisions of section 14-218a or upon any school property. As used in this section, "alcoholic liquor" shall have the same meaning as in section 30-1.
(b) Drinking while operating a motor vehicle is a class C misdemeanor.