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Court Process

What is it like going to court in and near Avon, Connecticut? Who is involved in the court case? What is a continuance? What are different types of crimes? How should you act in court? We explore these questions and more on this page. If you have to go to court for a DUI charge, check out the information that we have provided here.


Judges, prosecutors, and clerks often control the speed of a criminal case, which can make the process of being arrested and charged with an Avon DUI frustrating and slow. Courthouses and the court process move at their own pace, depending mainly on the number of cases they are dealing with. Delaying a case for weeks or even months can be stressful, but it is pretty normal, and patience is key to this process since a delayed case cannot generally be fixed. Learn more about the Avon DUI court process here.

People Involved in the Court Process

Sometimes attorneys will delay a case on purpose, and this can be very stressful to the client. This process of purposely delaying a case is called a “continuance” and it allows for an attorney to have extra time in order to study more details of the case or gather more information to increase the chances of getting a better result. This could actually work in your favor because it can mean that your lawyer has more time to prepare your defense. Patience and getting along well with the court, lawyers, and prosecutors is very important.

A DUI in Connecticut is a criminal case. This means that the case is held before a Connecticut Superior Court in the area where the DUI occurred. A geographical area (G.A.) is what section of the Superior Court the case will be held in, and it contains the geographical region most appropriate for the case. Hartford Superior Court, G.A. 14, takes cases from the towns of Avon, Bloomfield, Canton, Farmington, Hartford, and West Hartford.

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In a DUI case or any case, there are two sides. One side is the defense. The defense attorney will work to defend Constitutional Rights and advocate for the defendant of the case. The other side is the prosecution. We often see this being portrayed as district attorneys in the media, but in Connecticut they are State’s Attorneys. These attorneys will prosecute cases where they believe a crime was committed, and they will represent the people of the state.

Crimes and Going to Court

Criminal cases in the court process can typically be broken down into infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. An infraction is the least serious and is usually a violation. These do not generally require a court appearance and are punishable with a fine. Misdemeanors are a step up from infractions but still a less serious offense. These usually carry jail sentences of up to a year. Felonies are the most serious offenses. Penalties for these are more severe and can consist of prison sentences of at least a year or more.

Many people do not realize how important clothing, demeanor, and speech are in court. A defendant should remain well behaved and respectful while in the courthouse as many people are watching. It is advised against using profanity or speaking when it is not your turn, as this can come off as rude or impolite. Defendants should speak when their attorney advises them to.

Clothing is a large part of making a good impression in court. Business clothing such as dress shirts and shoes and ties for men, and blouses, skirts, dresses, sweaters, business jackets, and nice shoes for women are recommended. Defendants should stay away from wearing hats, jeans, t-shirts, or anything else unprofessional that may come across as inappropriate, as the judge will take note.

An attorney can help to make the court process less daunting and easier to navigate. Call Lady DUI if you need assistance or if you’ve been charged with a DUI in Avon.

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