Court Process

Going to court in or near Branford can be an overwhelming process. That's why we created this page. Here you can learn more about the court process, who is involved in your case, different types of crimes, what to expect from court, and how to act and dress when you go to court. For assistance with your Branford DUI, contact us.


One of the more frustrating aspects of getting a Branford DUI, according to most clients, is the amount of time it takes for the issue to be resolved and having to go to Branford court. This frustration and uncertainty is understandable. But, learning more about the court process that you will face if you have been arrested for a DUI can be helpful. This can prepare you for what you are up against. Read on to learn more!

Difficult Factors in Branford Court

The difficulty with Branford DUI cases, or any court appearance for that matter, are two factors. One of these factors we cannot really control, and the other is actually beneficial, even though I understand that it can be frustrating. The first reason has to deal with case flow and the fact that the prosecutors and court get to determine the docket to manage this flow. There is not much that can be done about this. The other is the continuance, and this is oftentimes of benefit to the defense, as it gives the defense time to gather evidence and witnesses and to plot the best course of action. This results in the best defense possible.

What to Know About Branford Court

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In the state of Connecticut, a DUI is a criminal matter and will therefore take place in a criminal court, called Superior Courts in Connecticut. Which Superior Court is used for your case is determined by where the arrest took place. This specific court is called a geographical court and is assigned a number. For a DUI arrest in Branford, the court will typically be the Superior Court in New Haven, G.A. 23.

There are, generally speaking, three types, or classifications, of crime in Connecticut. The three types are, from least severe to most, infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Infractions are typically associated with fines, misdemeanors are crimes punishable by up to one year in prison, and felonies are punishable by at least one year in prison. In any criminal matter, there are two distinct sides, the prosecution and the defense.

The prosecution, in Connecticut known as the State’s Attorney, represents the people, that is, the state of Connecticut, and is appointed by an independent board. The State’s Attorneys work closely with police to gather evidence and suspects. On the other side is the defense, whereof the defense attorney ensures that the defendant’s rights are upheld while advocating the best possible defense.

Another important aspect to note is appearance. While no case is ever won or lost entirely based on appearance, it certainly has some effect. The Branford court and the prosecution are constantly watching and inferring beliefs based on how the defendant is dressed and acting. Prosecutors typically view one dressed casually or acting in a non-serious manner as someone who does not take the court, or the underlying issue, seriously. To best position oneself for victory, it is smart to dress professionally and avoid vulgar or humorous language at all times.

The process of Branford court is stressful, complicated, and aggravating, so it is important to keep patient, be smart, and have a DUI defense attorney to represent your interests. To speak with a lawyer about your Branford DUI, contact Lady DUI today.

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