Westport Disorderly Conduct Lawyer
An arrest in Westport Connecticut for disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor. Receiving a summons or getting arrested for disorderly conduct in Westport Connecticut under CGS 53a-182 can tie you up in Norwalk Superior Court for months, and linger on your record for years, if not handled properly. A Westport disorderly conduct attorney can help.
A Westport domestic violence lawyer can help keep people from overly broad restraining orders, onerous conditions of release and unnecessary court intervention.
If your minor children were present or in the vicinity of your arrest, then a Connecticut DCF investigation of abuse and neglect is also launched against you.
Almost all Westport Connecticut arrests will find their way onto the internet, published on online news websites such as the Westport Patch, Westport Minuteman, and Connecticut Post, causing irreparable damage to your reputation in town and during employment background checks.
Consult with a Westport disorderly conduct attorney who has experience in not only fighting disorderly conduct arrest, but also taking on Connecticut DCF investigations and scrubbing the internet of your arrest reports and mug shots.
What to Expect At Your First Court Date
A first court date for a disorderly conduct charge can include a number of court interviews, procedures and hearings capped off with a hurried restraining / protective order hearing that can have you removed from your home and ordered not to have any contact with your spouse, significant other, children or other family members.
Immediately following your arrest the police will order you to appear on the very next business morning in Norwalk Superior Court, located at 17 Belden Avenue, Norwalk Connecticut.
Levels of Criminal Protective / Restraining Orders
You will be required to appear for a restraining / protective order hearing at Norwalk Superior Court on the very next business morning.
There are three kinds of protective / restraining orders issued at a domestic violence arrest arraignment:
(1) a “Full No Contact” order, the most restrictive order barring any kind of physical, verbal or electronic contact, and ordering you out of the protected person’s home;
(2) a “Full / Residential Stay Away” order, allowing you contact but not allowing you to enter the protected person’s home; and
(3) a “Partial / Limited” protective order, the most preferable Connecticut domestic violence protective order, allowing contact and visitation, but not allowing threats or violence against the protected person.
Any violation of a Westport Connecticut restraining order can get you arrested for Violation of a criminal domestic violence protective / restraining order, a five-year Class D felony.
If you are arrested while your kids are in the house or in the vicinity of the dispute, you will also be the target of a Connecticut Department of Children & Families (“DCF”) investigation. The DCF investigation will usually involve an investigator showing up at your house unannounced. They will want you to sign release paperwork for your kids’ schools and health providers. DCF investigators will also pressure you to sign a DCF “service agreement” or “safety plan” which results in you giving up many of your constitutional due process rights.
Do not sign anything until you’ve consulted with a Westport disorderly conduct attorney who can properly advise you of your rights and your options. Do not agree to be interviewed by DCF. Do not let them into your home. Politely advise them that you will contact them later that day after you’ve had a chance to speak with a lawyer. Everything you tell a Westport Connecticut DCF investigator is “on the record” and can be shared with the Westport Police Department and prosecutors.
Contact an Attorney
If you have been arrested or given a summons for Disorderly Conduct in Westport Connecticut, call our Westport disorderly conduct attorney for your first court date, your restraining order hearing, and any related DCF investigation. We are available 24/7 at (203) 276-9443.