What will happen if I had an accident and had been drinking?

I got into a car accident and hit a house. My car is totaled and the garage is damaged, as well as a car. ambulance was called. The police came but I did not talk to them. The ambulance attendants tried a breathalyzer but I couldn’t do it due to an injury to my mouth. I went to the hospital. The police came there but again did not speak to me. My blood was taken and I was okay. I was drinking but did not disclose that. Will I be arrested, lose my licence or my job? I work for the railroad.

Asked on September 19, 2015 under Accident Law, Connecticut

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You can be arrested, since DUI is a criminal offense in your state. You could get jail time--and given the damage you did, that is not unlikely. You could have your license suspended for up to one year. Whether you lose your job or not is up to your employer--the law does not require that someone loses their job, but employers have discretion to fire people for DUI as long as there is not a written employment contract preventing that. You could also be sued by the homeowner for the cost to repair their garage and fix or total depending on the extent of the damage their car. 
You need to retain an attorney to help you. Hire one with DUI defense experience in your town or country--i.e. someone who knows the judges and prosecutors.


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