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A driver’s license isn’t essential to practicing law in Connecticut, but it sure beats walking to court. Driving, however, is no longer an option for New Britain, Conn. attorney Lawrence Dickson, believed to be the first person in the state to lose his driver’s license under Connecticut’s new, tougher drunk-driving law. In December, Dickson plead guilty to his third and fourth charges of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol, according to Supervisory Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Preleski, who prosecuted the case. Preleski says the third charge was pending when Bristol police found an intoxicated Dickson parked in front of his house. The officers ordered Dickson to go inside his house, but instead the attorney, according to Preleski, got back into his car and backed into a police cruiser. Noinjuries occurred, the prosecutor reports. Under tougher sanctions, Connecticut drivers face permanent revocation of their driver’s licenses upon their third DUI conviction. In addition to losing his driving privileges for life, Dickson was fined $3,000 and sentenced to three years in prison, Preleski says. The sentence, he adds, will be suspended after Dickson serves a mandatory one-year term behind bars. Dickson practiced labor law as an associate of Weber & Carrier in New Britain.

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