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New Haven Domestic Violence Arraignment

The primary purpose of an arraignment is to review bond, which will involve the court taking into account a number of factors based on the Connecticut Practice Book. Typically these factors include the seriousness of the allegation, the defendant’s criminal history or lack there of, the defendant’s ties to the community and their likelihood to appear in court, all of which can be used by a New Haven domestic violence lawyer to get a favorable bond leading up to trial.

For example, if the defendant has a job or family in Connecticut it may show the court that they have strong ties to the area and are therefore much more likely to appear for their court date, resulting in a more favorable bond. In contrast if the indivudal has a history of failing to show up for court, a higher bond may be used to ensure they show up. Generally, each of the factors considered by the court are set forth in the Connecticut Practice Book.

Court Conditions in Domestic Violence Cases

There are a number of conditions a court will impose at the time of arraignment for domestic violence cases. First and foremost is a protective order. That protective order is statutorily required and there are a number of types of protective orders that depend on the amount of contact the defendant can have with the protected party.

In addition to a protective order, very often the court will require additional conditions for a person’s release. For example, a court can impose a condition that the person obtain treatment, such as treatment for alcohol or substance abuse. They can also require that the person check in and have routine substance abuse testing. Therefore, they can require an individual to give urine tests to ensure that they are not abusing any illegal substances.

Yet another condition the court can impose is having the person report to probation or in severe cases, they can require home confinement or house arrest, where the person is released from custody but required to be at their home during various hours. It can be a complete, 24-hour home arrest, or it can be something where the person has to be in the house by eight o’clock in the evening and cannot leave until eight o’clock in the morning.

There are a number of conditions a court can impose on release and subject to the person’s bond, and that is typically handled at the time of the arraignment.

No Contact Order

A no-contact order is the most restrictive form of protective order that requires the person to have no contact whatsoever with the protected party. You cannot email, you cannot text, you cannot telephone, and you cannot send a message through Facebook.

A no-contact protective order means exactly that. You can have no contact with that person.