Understanding the Criminal Process in Connecticut
With thousands of cases behind us, we at Tomeo Sills, LLC have had the
opportunity to handle a wide variety of criminal cases. The criminal process
can be difficult to understand, especially for those who are facing the
judicial system for the first time. Our knowledgeable legal team has collected
some of the most common questions we come across regarding the criminal
process in the state of Connecticut. We hope you find this information useful.
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What does the criminal process entail?
The criminal process starts with an investigation, which leads to an arrest.
Once charges are filed, bond is set either by a judge, police officer
or bail commissioner. The person is release once bond is posted and is
given a court date for arraignment. The arrested individual can request
a bond hearing the next business day if bond could not be posted.
Will I be asked to plead guilty or not guilty at my arraignment?
It is possible that you will be asked to make a plea. The initial court
dates involve obtaining discovery, meeting with the prosecutor, and getting
a copy of the file.
How long does the process take?
Because each case is different, there is no one size fits all answer to
this question. For the most part, misdemeanors will require four to five
court appearance before a resolution can be reached. The process can be
longer for felony crimes. The process can be lengthy because of discovery,
evidence examination, and meetings with prosecutors. In Connecticut, only
five percent of cases go to trial. Most cases are negotiated with a plea bargain.
Will I be arrested when I make my court appearance?
Unless there is a warrant out for your arrest, you should not be arrested
during your court appearance. A prosecutor may ask the judge to raise
your bond if there is good reason to do so, such as failing drug test
screenings. Very rarely do prosecutors make an offer for immediate jail time.
Do I really need to hire an attorney if I have been arrested?
A lot of individuals think they do not heed legal representation and that
they can represent themselves. Please keep in mind that prosecutors do
not have a reputation for being lenient. Their job is to prosecute you.
The possibilities of reaching a favorable outcome for your case are greatly
enhanced when you have a skilled Connecticut criminal defense attorney
on your side.
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