There are thousands of Uber & Lyft of drivers in Connecticut, many who drive full-time or as a way of supplementing their income.
But what happens when an Uber or Lyft driver is arrested in Connecticut? Do they automatically lose their Uber / Lyft license to drive?
Earlier this year, I wrote about Uber Connecticut’s new policy of permitting Connecticut drivers with certain Connecticut misdemeanor conviction records to continue driving and working to support themselves and their families.
Remember, there’s a big difference between an arrest (where you’re only accused by police of a crime) and a conviction (where you have pled guilty to a crime in court and have admitted guilt).
Uber’s policy is that you can drive Uber if you have certain minor misdemeanor convictions like bouncing a check, vandalism, petty shoplifting and larceny, or breach of peace. If you’re a convicted sex offender or have a DUI / DWI conviction, forget about it!
Before getting hired, each Uber and Lyft driver must pass a criminal background check where their criminal conviction history will be vetted and assessed by Uber / Lyft executives.
If you’re a Lyft or Uber driver arrested in Connecticut for DUI / DWI under CGS 14-227a, or Evading Responsibility (also called Hit and Run per CGS 14-224), then you are at risk for losing not only your Lyft / Uber license, but also your driver’s license. An arrest for a Connecticut DUI / DWI can automatically trigger a suspension of your driver’s license for up to one year. A guilty plea Evading Responsibility can lead to a 90 day license suspension.
In either scenario, you need to quickly call a top Connecticut Uber criminal lawyer attorney to help you avoid a suspension of your driver’s license.
Connecticut Lyft and Uber drivers also are targeted by police for speeding tickets and cell phone / distracted driving tickets. It’s brutal, especially when Uber drivers try hard and spend money to comply with the distracted driving laws. Many Uber drivers go to great lengths to set up their phones and iPads on special holding devices in the car, just to avoid holding their phones in their hands.
The bottom line is that Connecticut Uber and Lyft drivers should never plead guilty by mail to any Connecticut speeding or cell phone ticket until they’ve spoken to any of the best Connecticut traffic / speeding ticket attorneys or lawyers. They will go over your options and help you make the best decision for you, so that you can hopefully continue to drive with Uber and Lyft and support yourself and your family.
So if you’re a Connecticut Lyft or Uber driver who has been arrested for DUI / DWI, Evading Responsibility or Reckless Driving, call one of the Connecticut Uber arrest criminal lawyers at Mark Sherman Law Today. Our objectives are simple: keeping your criminal record clean, keeping your job with Uber and Lyft, and making sure your driver’s license does NOT get suspended.
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