Whether you’re a Connecticut resident who has been arrested on I-95 or the Merritt Parkway, or you live out of state and were arrested on I-95 in Connecticut for DUI / DWI, Reckless Driving or Evading Responsibility, then you will need to understand the criminal court process. And perhaps the most concerning consequences of a Connecticut I-95 arrest are (1) that you will have to report to the courthouse closest to the arrest (not closest to where you live), and (2) that with most I-95 Connecticut arrests, your drivers license privileges are at risk of being suspended.
Most Connecticut I-95 Arrests are Controlled by Connecticut State Troopers
Arrests on Connecticut I-95, I-91 and the Merritt Parkway are handled almost exclusively by the regional Connecticut State Police divisions, and not the local police departments, even though you may have been pulled over in a particular town.
As I’ve written about in the past in a blog about Fighting Connecticut State Trooper arrests, there are 12 regional Connecticut State Police “troops” or “barracks,” which employ nearly 1,250 troopers. One of their primary responsibilities is to patrol and protect the Interstate roadways, where they have the right to investigate suspected criminal activity, which includes the right to pull you over, interrogate and question you, and arrest you if they have probable cause to believe you committed a crime on Connecticut I-95.
What Are the Most Common Connecticut I-95 Arrests?
Without question, the most common arrests along Connecticut I-95 and I-91 are Connecticut DUI / DWI under CGS 14-227a, Reckless Driving under CGS 14-222, and Evading Responsibility under CGS 14-224. All of these Connecticut I-95 and Merritt Parkway crimes come with a mandatory driver’s license suspension if you plead guilty so be sure to contact any of the best Connecticut traffic court lawyers before pleading guilty.
I Live Out of State. Do I Have to Appear in Connecticut Court for My I95 Arrest Court Date?
Maybe not. Many of the best Connecticut criminal lawyers who handle I-95 arrests by Connecticut State Troopers can sometimes file motions which can successfully persuade the court to excuse or “waive” your appearance in court. Remember, no matter where you live in the country, or the world, your appearance in Connecticut court is required by law. (Failure to show up for your Connecticut court date can get you arrested for the additional crime of Failure to Appear in the Second or First Degree, punishable by jail and probation).
These top Connecticut criminal law firms know exactly what judges want to see from you in exchange for granting you the courtesy of excusing you from your court appearance. Your lawyer will still have to appear in court, but if you live out of state—or in another area—getting your appearance excused or waived for a Connecticut arrest court date can save you a ton of money and unnecessary time off from work. So if you’ve been arrested in Connecticut and are trying to get out of your court date, talk to any of the top Connecticut criminal law firms to see if it’s worth filling a motion to waive your appearance.
Contact an Experienced Connecticut Criminal Lawyer
If you’ve been arrested on I-95 by the Connecticut State Troopers, give any of the experienced criminal lawyers at Mark Sherman Law today. Whether you’re a Connecticut resident, or are from another state and were just passing through the I-95 Connecticut corridor and were cited or arrested for Reckless Driving, Evading Responsibility or DUI / DWI, you may need to appear in a Connecticut courthouse to answer your felony or misdemeanor charge. The team of criminal lawyers at Mark Sherman Law regularly receive high ratings on the Avvo.com certified client review website. And even better, our lawyers are available 24/7 to take your call at (203) 358-4700. So give us a call today—we look forward to hearing from you.