Going to Connecticut court because of a DUI can be an overwhelming process. In this section of our website, we want to make the process easier by providing more information on what you can expect. While each DUI case is different, there are some basic similarities that you can familiarize yourself with before you embark on this process. For more information, check out the other pages in this section or on our website.
What to Know About Connecticut Court
The Connecticut court process can be complex. One of the first things that you should familiarize yourself with if you have been charged with a DUI is the way that DUI laws have changed in Connecticut and throughout the country. There have been so many factors that have influenced DUI laws and cases. For example, the evolution of blood alcohol content (BAC) and breath testing technology has impacted DUI defense and prosecution. Organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have also put more pressure on the states to convict DUI cases.
The DUI law is constantly changing and will continue to change in the future with the emergence of self driving cars, the prevalence of ride sharing companies, our knowledge of how alcohol impacts the body, and other changes. Check out this page on the evolution of DUI laws to learn more.
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Another element of the DUI court process that you should learn more about if you have been charged is the arraignment, bond process, and what happens if you miss a court date. Missing a court date is a serious issue that the court will not take lightly. There are only very rare situations where it is appropriate to miss a scheduled court date. For example, if you secure a continuance, your court date will be moved. Other than that, only a true medical emergency or serious conflict such as attending a funeral will be accepted by the court as an excuse.
In most situations, not going to court means that you will be charged with failure to appear, which is a crime. A warrant will be issued for your arrest and your bond will likely be revoked. You will face serious consequences not just for your DUI, but for the failure to appear charge as well. We explain more about missing court on this page.
Finally, check out our page on how to plead if you have been charged with a Connecticut DUI. There are three main ways to plead – guilty, not guilty, and nolo contendere. Each of these options should be explored with a DUI defense attorney to ensure that you make the right decision for your situation.
Help With Your DUI
You do not need to – and should not – go through the DUI process alone. This can be very overwhelming, especially if you don’t know anything about the court process. The best thing to do in this situation is hire a lawyer to make sure that your best interest is represented and heard by the court. Your lawyer can help you avoid issues with the court and establish the best defense for your situation. To learn more about defending yourself against DUI charges, contact us.