Q: CT; Does a prior DWI conviction make me ineligible for the AEP even if it was more than ten yrs before a subsequent DWI?
I am being told by the Bail Commissioner's office that any prior DWI conviction, no matter how long ago makes me ineligible for the Alcohol Education Program. 54-56g doesn't seem to say that. Can you help? Thank you.
A: Conn. Gen. Stat. § 54-56g provides for an alcohol education system wherein the court file is sealed if the person swears:
For a violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-227a, the person has not had such a system invoked on his behalf within the preceding ten years for a violation of section 14-227a;
For a violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-227g, the person has never invoked such a system for a violation of Conn. Gen. Stat. § 14-227a or § 14-227g; Under Connecticut General Statutes 14-227g - Operation by person under twenty-one years of age while blood alcohol content exceeds two-hundredths of one per cent. You would have to be under age 21 and have a prior DUI conviction for this to apply. Drunk driver at age 11? tough luck even if it was ten years ago...NOT likely.
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