After an arrest for intoxicated driving, you may be confused, stressed, and unsure of what will happen next. For many people, a DUI arrest is their first interaction with the legal system. Understanding the process and knowing what to expect can help you better navigate the proceedings and protect your rights.
At Ruane Attorneys, our DUI lawyers can advise you and represent your best interests from the moment of your arrest. We could explain the legal process for New Britain DUIs and work to secure a favorable outcome in your case.
What Happens After a DUI Arrest in New Britain?
After a DUI stop, the arresting officer will take the driver to the local police department. In New Britain, this would be the New Britain Police Department; for a DUI on a state highway, it would be the State Trooper Barracks in Bridgeport.
In a large city, a driver may be taken to “central booking,” a lock-up facility to hold the arrested individuals in jail until they are released after booking. There are many small towns in Connecticut, so most have their own local police department with a booking area. If the driver is held until their next court appearance, they will stay in the local New Britain jail. After court, they will go to the Community Correctional Center in Bridgeport if they do not make their bond. An arrested driver should contact a local attorney for representation in the DUI legal process as soon as possible.
The Process After a DUI Booking
Once a driver is booked, the police will take mug shots and fingerprints. The police will likely set the bond and hold the driver until they post the bond amount. In Connecticut, police departments have recently adopted a 10% bail rule.
For example, if the police set the bond at $10,000, they may accept $1,000 in cash for the driver’s release. The police then transfer that money to the court for the state’s general fund. A lawyer at our New Britain office could help protect a driver’s rights during the DUI booking process and argue for a fair bail amount.
Breath Tests During a DUI Investigation
The police may take a breath test at various points in the DUI arrest process. Some departments prefer to do the mug shots and fingerprints first, while others may like to get the breath test out of the way. The order of operations may depend on how busy the police are that night. Failing the breath test or choosing not to take it will lead to a license suspension. Our legal team could help with the process of challenging a DUI license suspension in New Britain.
Let a New Britain Lawyer Represent You in the DUI Legal Process
When you are arrested for an alleged DUI, you can expect a lot of waiting after the booking process. Someone will need to come to the police station and post your bond for your release. At every stage of the process, from the traffic stop to booking at the local police station to court, you can benefit from legal counsel.
Ruane Attorneys can guide you through the legal process for New Britain DUIs and work to protect your rights throughout the proceedings. After an arrest, call our lawyers to begin working on your case.