After you have been arrested for a crime in the state of Connecticut, the court procedure officially begins. The police will give you a summons to appear in court and you may be required to post a bond in order to be released. This period of time can be very overwhelming and confusing especially if you believe that you have been wrongfully accused. Having your criminal defense attorney engaged in the process with you can give you further clarification and expectations. The police might also release you on what is known as a written promise to appear.
Both documents will inform you of the date on which you must show up for your mandatory court appearance. Do not make the mistake of failing to appear since this could cause more serious penalties to be assessed to you. Your case will appear on the regular docket and sometimes you may be required to appear, or your attorney can appear on your behalf.
Make sure that you understand that failing to appear in court can mean forfeiting your bond and it could even lead to a warrant for the crime of failure to appear. Your defense attorney and prosecution will then begin to work together to discuss the merits of your defenses. These conversations are often held in private. Many courts will also have a judge who controls the criminal docket and you will go through pre-trial. The judge will look at the factual and legal claims on both sides.
If you, your criminal defense attorney, and the state of Connecticut agree on a disposition of the case, you could be required to do a number of different things such as complying with probation, completing alcohol counseling, or paying a fine. If you plead guilty to a crime, you could be punishable by some period of jail time. There are three different ways to be found guilty or to plead and your criminal defense lawyer can walk through what these look like and how you should consider these carefully in the management of your criminal defense case.