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Connecticut Laws | Title 54 Criminal Procedure

CHAPTER 959* COURT JURISDICTION AND POWER (1)(Text)

PART I ARREST AND ARRAIGNMENT (2)(Text)

Secs. 54-1 and 54-1a. Criminal jurisdiction of trial justices; of Court of Common Pleas. (3)(Text)

Sections 54-1 and 54-1a are repealed. (4)

Sec. 54-1b. Arraignment of prisoner. Advice as to rights. (5)(Text)

Any accused, when he is arraigned before the Superior Court, shall be advised by a judge that he has a right to counsel, that he has a right to refuse to make any statement and that any statement he makes may be introduced in evidence against him. Each such person shall be allowed a reasonable opportunity to consult counsel. (6)

Sec. 54-1c. Admissibility of confession. (7)(Text)

Any admission, confession or statement, written or oral, obtained from an accused person who has not been presented to the first session of the court, or on the day specified for arraignment under the provisions of section 54-1g, or who has not been informed of such person's rights as provided by section 54-1b or 54-64b, shall be inadmissible. (8)

Sec. 54-1d. Place of arraignment. Multiple arrest warrants. Multiple credit card and automated teller machine offenses. Identity theft and related offenses. (9)(Text)

(a) For the purposes of this section, "geographical area" means the geographical area of the Superior Court established pursuant to section 51-348. (10)

(b) Except as provided in subsections (d) and (e) of this section, defendants in criminal actions shall be presented for arraignment to: (11)

(1) The court in the geographical area in which the crime was alleged to have been committed; (12)

(2) If the arrest was by warrant, the court in the geographical area in which the crime was alleged to have been committed or in which the arrest was made; or (13)

(3) If the arrest was by a warrant issued pursuant to section 53a-32 or for failure to appear as provided in section 53a-172 or 53a-173, the court in the geographical area in which the crime was alleged to have been committed or in which the arrest was made, or the superior court having jurisdiction over the underlying criminal prosecution. (14)

(c) If the defendant was presented to the court in the geographical area in which the arrest was made for arraignment and was not released from custody after such arraignment, the defendant shall be presented to the court in the geographical area in which the crime was alleged to have been committed not later than the second court day following such arraignment. Except as provided in subsection (d) of this section, any defendant who has been presented to the court in accordance with this section and is the subject of one or more additional arrest warrants issued for crimes that were alleged to have been committed in one or more geographical areas, other than the geographical area in which the defendant is initially presented, shall subsequently be presented to the court in each geographical area in which such crimes were alleged to have been committed, in such order as the courts may determine, not later than the second court day following the prior arraignment. A criminal cause shall not fail on the ground that it has been submitted to a session of improper venue. (15)

(d) Any defendant who is charged with multiple offenses under any provision of section 53a-127b or sections 53a-128a to 53a-128i, inclusive, where such offenses were alleged to have been committed in more than one geographical area, may be presented to the court in any one of such geographical areas. The court may consolidate all such offenses into a single criminal action and shall have jurisdiction over such action. (16)

(e) Any defendant who is charged with a violation of section 53a-129a of the general statutes, revision of 1958, revised to January 1, 2003, section 53a-129b, 53a-129c, 53a-129d or 53a-129e, and any defendant who is charged with any other offense committed as a result of such violation may be presented to the court in the geographical area in which the person whose personal identifying information has been obtained and used by the defendant resides and may be prosecuted in such geographical area or judicial district. (17)

Sec. 54-1e. Election of place of trial when venue is in the geographical area of Derby, Ansonia, Shelton, and Seymour. (18)(Text)

Section 54-1e is repealed. (19)

Sec. 54-1f. (Formerly Sec. 6-49). Arrest without warrant. Pursuit outside precincts. (20)(Text)

(a) For purposes of this section, the respective precinct or jurisdiction of a state marshal or judicial marshal shall be wherever such marshal is required to perform duties. Peace officers, as defined in subdivision (9) of section 53a-3, in their respective precincts, shall arrest, without previous complaint and warrant, any person for any offense in their jurisdiction, when the person is taken or apprehended in the act or on the speedy information of others, provided that no constable elected pursuant to the provisions of section 9-200 shall be considered a peace officer for the purposes of this subsection, unless the town in which such constable holds office provides, by ordinance, that constables shall be considered peace officers for the purposes of this subsection. (21)

(b) Members of the Division of State Police within the Department of Public Safety or of any local police department or any chief inspector or inspector in the Division of Criminal Justice shall arrest, without previous complaint and warrant, any person who the officer has reasonable grounds to believe has committed or is committing a felony. (22)

(c) Members of any local police department or the Office of State Capitol Police and constables and state marshals who are certified under the provisions of sections 7-294a to 7-294e, inclusive, and who perform criminal law enforcement duties, when in immediate pursuit of one who may be arrested under the provisions of this section, are authorized to pursue the offender outside of their respective precincts into any part of the state in order to effect the arrest. Such person may then be returned in the custody of such officer to the precinct in which the offense was committed. (23)

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