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Connecticut Laws | Title 54 Criminal Procedure
Sec. 54-60. Allegations in criminal cases.

Sec. 54-60. Allegations in criminal cases. (523)(Text)

Whenever any indictment, information or complaint is pending before any court, a conviction may be had for any offense sufficiently alleged therein or for an attempt to commit such offense, and the accused may be convicted or such court may accept a plea of guilty for any of such offenses. (524)

Sec. 54-61. Complaints for offenses specified in special acts, ordinances and bylaws. (525)(Text)

In any complaint or other process for an offense against the provisions of a special act or of an ordinance or bylaw of any town, city or borough, it shall be sufficient to set forth the offense in the same manner as in the case of an offense against the provisions of a public act. (526)

Sec. 54-62. Allegation of previous conviction. (527)(Text)

When, in any criminal complaint or information, it is necessary to set out a previous conviction for a similar offense, such previous conviction shall be held to be sufficiently alleged by naming the date when, the town or city where, the crime for which and the court wherein such conviction was had. (528)

Sec. 54-63. Mode of informing against larceny by embezzlement. (529)(Text)

In any complaint or information for the crime of larceny by embezzlement, when it is unknown to the informing officer whether the total sum taken and appropriated was taken and appropriated at one or different times, it shall be sufficient to charge the total sum taken by the accused as having been taken at one and the same time. (530)

Sec. 54-63a. Definitions. (531)(Text)

As used in sections 54-63a to 54-63g, inclusive, and section 54-64a, "arrested person" means a person taken into custody for violation of any law, ordinance, regulation or bylaw of the state or of any town, city, borough, district or municipal corporation or authority, and "Court Support Services Division" means the division of the Judicial Department established pursuant to section 51-1d. (532)

Sec. 54-63b. Pretrial release of arrested persons. Duties of Court Support Services Division. Uniform weighted release criteria. (533)(Text)

(a) The duties of the Court Support Services Division shall include: (1) To promptly interview, prior to arraignment, any person referred by the police pursuant to section 54-63c or by a judge. Such interview shall include, but not be limited to, information concerning the accused person, his or her family, community ties, prior criminal record and physical and mental condition; (2) to seek independent verification of information obtained during the interview, if practicable; (3) to determine, as provided in section 54-63d, or to make recommendations on request of any judge, concerning the terms and conditions of the release of arrested persons from custody pending final disposition of their cases; (4) to prepare a written report on all persons interviewed and, upon request and pursuant to the procedures established under subsection (f) of section 54-63d, provide copies of the report to the court, defense counsel and state's attorney. Such report shall contain the information obtained during the interview and verification process, the person's prior criminal record, where possible, and the determination or recommendation of the commissioner pursuant to section 54-63d concerning the terms and conditions of the release of the persons so interviewed; (5) to give prior notice of each required court appearance to each person released following an interview by a bail commissioner; (6) to supervise pursuant to the direction of the court those persons released on nonfinancial conditions; (7) to inform the court and the state's attorney of any failure to comply with terms and conditions of release, including the arrest of persons released under its supervision; (8) to monitor, evaluate and provide information concerning terms and conditions of release and the release criteria established under subdivision (2) of subsection (c) of this section, to prepare periodic reports on its activities, and to provide such other information as is needed to assist in the improvement of the pretrial release process; (9) to perform such other functions as the Chief Court Administrator may, from time to time, assign. (534)

(b) The Court Support Services Division shall establish written uniform weighted release criteria based upon the premise that the least restrictive condition or conditions of release necessary to insure the appearance in court of the defendant is the pretrial release alternative of choice. Such criteria shall be based on, but not be limited to, the following considerations: (1) The nature and circumstances of the offense insofar as they are relevant to the risk of nonappearance; (2) the defendant's record of previous convictions; (3) the defendant's past record of appearance in court after being admitted to bail; (4) the defendant's family ties; (5) the defendant's employment record; (6) the defendant's financial resources, character and mental condition; and (7) the defendant's community ties. (535)

Sec. 54-63c. Release by law enforcement officer. (536)(Text)

(a) Except in cases of arrest pursuant to a bench warrant of arrest in which the court or a judge thereof has indicated that bail should be denied or ordered that the officer or indifferent person making such arrest shall, without undue delay, bring such person before the clerk or assistant clerk of the superior court for the geographical area under section 54-2a, when any person is arrested for a bailable offense, the chief of police, or the chief's authorized designee, of the police department having custody of the arrested person shall promptly advise such person of the person's rights under section 54-1b, and of the person's right to be interviewed concerning the terms and conditions of release. Unless the arrested person waives or refuses such interview, the police officer shall promptly interview the arrested person to obtain information relevant to the terms and conditions of the person's release from custody, and shall seek independent verification of such information where necessary. At the request of the arrested person, the person's counsel may be present during the interview. No statement made by the arrested person in response to any question during the interview related to the terms and conditions of release shall be admissible as evidence against the arrested person in any proceeding arising from the incident for which the conditions of release were set. After such a waiver, refusal or interview, the police officer shall promptly order release of the arrested person upon the execution of a written promise to appear or the posting of such bond as may be set by the police officer, except that no condition of release set by the court or a judge thereof may be modified by such officer and no person shall be released upon the execution of a written promise to appear or the posting of a bond without surety if the person is charged with the commission of a family violence crime, as defined in section 46b-38a, and in the commission of such crime the person used or threatened the use of a firearm. (537)

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