Dealing with a DUI arrest in Guilford can be a challenging and frightening experience for many. The Guilford court process can also can be a long, slow, drawn-out process that aggravates the defendant. While this might be frustrating for you as an individual, there are reasons why a DUI case may take a long time. On this page, you can learn more about the Guilford court system and what to expect from your DUI charge.
DUI cases can be slow to resolve because the caseload is dictated by the court and prosecutors, as they get to manage the caseload. Sometimes cases take a significant amount of time to resolve as they move court dates around. Unfortunately, there is not a lot that can be done about this; however, this time, as well as continuances requested by the defense, can benefit the client. This is because it gives the defense proper time to find evidence and witnesses, and make the best possible defense for the client.
Cases and Going to Guilford Court
In Connecticut, there are, broadly speaking, three types of crimes. These are infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Infractions are typically punishable by fines; misdemeanors are punishable by fines and jail time for a year or less, and felonies are punishable by fines and at least one year in jail. DUI cases are criminal court matters and are generally considered misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the specific situation.
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Criminal court matters are held at what is called a Superior Court. These Superior Courts are broken down by geographical region. For a DUI, the case will be held in the court for the town in which the arrest took place. In Guilford, that would be the Superior Court in New Haven, G.A. 23. The prosecution is the one bringing the case, on behalf of the people. In Connecticut, these are called State’s Attorney. State’s Attorneys work closely with law enforcement to gather evidence and witnesses.
On the other side is the defense, either the defendant by themself or the defendant with representation. The courthouse itself is run by Marshalls, which are like security, and Clerks, who are the administrative backbone of the court.
It is always important to note as a defendant that court personnel, judges, and prosecutors are always watching and judging defendants. Because of this, out of self-interest, it is important to always refrain from using vulgar or otherwise obscene or threatening language in or around the courthouse.
Further, it is important to dress as nicely as possible and avoid clothing like tank tops, sleeping-wear, or other informal attire. Prosecutors and judges view one who is acting politely and professionally and is dressed professionally as someone who is taking the matter at hand seriously, as well as showing respect for the court itself. This only can help a defendant. Also, it is important to only speak with your attorney about the case and to only speak to a judge when directly spoken to, as there is no need to make the prosecution’s job any easier.
Defending Yourself in Guilford Court
Dealing with the Guilford court system is stressful and intimidating under any circumstances, and it is crucial that you have someone familiar with the process and law to help you best navigate these circumstances. To speak with a DUI defense lawyer, contact Lady DUI today. We are happy to help.