Connecticut Court Process
- Arrest – A person is charged with a Domestic Violence crime either by warrant or by a police officer with probable cause. Once arrested, the person is generally process either at the scene and given a court summons or brought to the police station and processed. If they are brought to the station, they can be released on a promise to appear in court or after posting a bond through cash or a professional bondsman.
- Out of Jail – if you are not in jail, you will be required to appear in court the next available court date (usually the following morning) Failing to appear in court is very serious and can cause additional charges to be filed against you. You should appear at court no later than 10 am, which is when courts generally open for business, however, you may wish to appear at 9 am and speak with the Family relations office or the state’s attorney office to see what will be required of you. This is when a full or partial protective order may be imposed and will be your best opportunity to fight them and get a hearing.
- Remains In Jail
- a. Arraignment & Bond – if you are detained because of a high bond, your attorney will have the opportunity to argue for your reduced bond or release to the court on the next available court date (usually the following morning). At that time, the court may set certain requirements for your release, including your cooperation with the Family Relations office, limit your contact with your family members and require counseling or other actions by you. This is when a full or partial protective order may be imposed and this will be your opportunity to have a hearing on that order.
- Referral to Family Relations – One of the first things that will be required upon your appearance in court will be to meet with a Family relations Office member. The family relations office is part of the court support services division and is responsible for monitoring the progress of domestic violence cases, to coordinate treatment programs for offenders and to obtain alleged victim input on the case. This information is provided to the court during the discussions of your case and is integral in the disposition of the case.
- Protective Orders (see page this page)