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Offense, Violation, Infraction, Crime Definitions

§ 53a-24. Offense defined. Application of sentencing provisions to motor vehicle and drug selling violators (a) The term "offense" encompasses any crime or violation constituting a breach of state, federal, or local laws, for which imprisonment, a fine, or both, may be imposed, excluding motor vehicle violations or infractions. The term "crime" includes felonies and misdemeanors. Violations, as distinct from crimes, are not subject to disabilities or legal disadvantages based on criminal offense convictions. (b) Sections 53a-28 to 53a-44 apply to motor vehicle violations. These provisions extend to convictions under section 21a-278, with the exception that the execution of mandatory…Read More

Arraignment Timing

I practice Criminal Law. I have a client arrested for breach of peace whose arraignment is not scheduled until November—the arraignment was continued several times by the Court because of Court closures caused by the pandemic. The Court for this case remains closed to the public but some of the cases are being docketed for people to appear at another location. The client is not in custody. The client suggests that his case should be dismissed because the arraignment is taking too long, he wants this over with as soon as possible and he wants to know whether I could…Read More

What Is The Process After A DUI Arrest?

A DUI is an arrestable offense and so if you are pulled over for one and subsequently arrested for it the police in CT will generally hand-cuff you and place you in their respective police car and take you to the police station in the town arrested or to the area State Police Barracks, if arrested by the Connecticut State Police. Wherever you are taken, you will be processed in accordance with Standard Police Protocols: booked, photographed, fingerprinted, questioned, offered a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) test: breath, urine, or blood. “Any person who operates a motor vehicle in this state…Read More

Victim Impact Panel

The CT MADD Victim Impact Panel is a court mandated awareness program that superior court judges order people to take. Please review the following so that you have a better understanding of the program. I would like to add that my clients tell me the program is great and of benefit to them. When you read the following please keep in mind that MADD may change dates, locations and other items. So, you should go to the MADD website for Connecticut to verify everything. The CT MADD Victim Impact Panel is a court mandated awareness program. It is presented to…Read More

Connecticut Highways

Many DUI arrests in Connecticut occur on the following Roads: Interstate 95: This was commonly known as the Connecticut Turnpike. It starts in Fairfield County and is one of the most heavily traveled roads in the United States. It runs through towns like Greenwich, Stamford, Bridgeport, New Haven, Branford, Waterford, New London, Groton (Submarine Base), Mystic, North Stonington all the way to the Rhode Island line. This Interstate is used by many people traveling throughout New England and to the Connecticut Casinos—Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun. Interstate 395: This branches off of Interstate 95 at Waterford and New London and runs through Montville,…Read More

Statute The portion of CGSA Sec. 14-227a governing chemical analysis. § 14-227a. Operation while under the influence of liquor or drug or while having an elevated blood alcohol content (a) Operation while under the influence or while having an elevated blood alcohol content. No person shall operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or both. A person commits the offense of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug or both if such person operates a motor vehicle (1) while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or…Read More

First Connecticut Judicial Proceedings The first Connecticut judicial proceedings were probably held on April 26, 1636, at “A Corte holden in Newton” (Hartford) under the commission granted to eight leaders by the General Court of Massachusetts Bay. In 1638, the General Court established the Particular Court (often called the “Quartet Court” because it was required to meet every three months). While the General Court, later called the General Assembly, controlled the administration of justice, the Particular Court was the principal judicial body until the union of the New Haven and Connecticut colonies and the granting of the Charter from Charles…Read More

Access to the Courts and to Judicial Branch Facilities Connecticut Court Fees Court Directions and Telephone Numbers Court Location Codes  |  Housing Court Location Codes Court Sessions Holidays and Court Closings Judicial Branch Statistics Court Sessions Court will be in session five days a week except as otherwise directed by the Chief Court Administrator and as described below. Civil Division short calendars shall be held on the first court day of each week unless an exception is granted by the Chief Court Administrator. Holidays and Court Closings Courthouses are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, except on…Read More

I practice in the following Courts. If you are arrested for a DUI in one of the towns they serve you go to the specific Geographic Area Court listed below. G.A. 1 at Stamford G.A. 2 at Bridgeport G.A. 3 at Danbury G.A. 4 at Waterbury G.A. 5 at Derby G.A. 7 at Meriden Serving the towns of Cheshire, Hamden, Meriden, North Haven and Wallingford. G.A. 9 at Middletown Serving the towns of Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook. G.A. 10 at New London Serving the…Read More

TIMELINE Per Se Matters with Commissioner of Motor Vehicles I. Scheduling a Per Se Hearing Initial hearing to determine license suspension is scheduled upon request of operator, & must be requested within 7 days of date of mailing of notice of suspension. (1) With good cause, hearing officer or operator can request a continuance of up to 15 days. (2)The attorney for operator can request in writing a 2d continuance if there is a conflicting court appearance. (3)Further continuances can be granted upon written certification to Commissioner of facts surrounding need for continuance II. After Hearing If Commissioner fails to…Read More

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