What to Expect of the DUI Case Process

For many, a DUI charge is their first run-in with the law. If this is the case, you probably don't know what to expect as you go through the court and DMV process. On this page, you can learn more about the court process in Connecticut. By familiarizing yourself with this process, you can learn how you can better defend yourself in court.


A DUI case process can be complicated and stressful, especially for those who have never gone through this process before. If you find yourself in this situation and need more information on Connecticut DUIs, you can learn more about the DUI case process in this section. We have several pages with information related to the DUI case process that can put your mind at ease and help you through this experience.

DUI Case Process – Going to Court

The logistics of going to court alone can be overwhelming for a person who has never been to court before. You can learn more about how to conduct yourself in court on this page. Here, we explain the best way to make a good impression in court. This usually includes dressing professionally and conducting yourself in a polite and respectful manner.

You should wear formal attire to court and avoid any loud jewelry, makeup, hairstyles, etc. If you have tattoos that can be covered, consider doing so. You should also make sure that you are focused, organized, and on time when you are in court. Be respectful of the court clerks, prosecutors, and judges. This will help you make a good impression.

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Another element of this process to consider are the potential penalties that you might face. While a good DUI defense lawyer will argue for a dismissal of your case or the most minor penalties available, you do face jail time, fines, a driver’s license suspension, and more if you are convicted of a DUI charge in Connecticut. A DUI can have additional consequences as well. It might impact your career depending on the job that you have and if you have a professional license in order to work. We outline the specifics when it comes to penalties that you face on this page.

Finally, consider that there are a few different ways that you can plead in your case which will determine how the case proceeds. As you probably know, you can plead guilty or not guilty to the charges that you face. However, you can alternatively plead nolo contendere. Also consider that many criminal cases do not go to trial but that a defendant will take a plea deal offered by the court instead. You can learn more about plea deals as well as ways to plead here.

Getting Help

This section of our website is a great place to start if you are concerned about the DUI case process that you face in the state of Connecticut. One additional piece of advice is not to go through the DUI process alone. If you try to represent yourself, you likely won’t understand all of the moving parts in court, how to protect your rights, how to best defend yourself, and how to get the best outcome.

This is where a DUI defense lawyer such as those at Lady DUI come in. We can make sure that your best interests are represented in court and support you throughout this difficult process. To discuss your situation further, contact us and set up a free consultation. We are happy to review your situation, answer your questions, and establish the best plan of action. We are here to help!

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