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My practice was built on the principle:




Is Our Mission

As an attorney, I understand your unique needs and circumstances. Your situation is different from everyone else's, which we take time to carefully evaluate.



Than A Defendant

You're not just a case number to us. Our defense strategy is tailored to your situation and goals. We work closely with you, keeping you in the loop the whole way.



Who Matters

As a person, I care about your experience. My team is responsive to your needs, we’re flexible, and always accessible. You’ll never need to chase us down because we come to you.


New Haven Criminal Lawyer

You Want in Your Corner

The Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph is built on the principle that you or your loved one are not just defendants. You are people. And those who choose me to fight for them are not just my clients. They are individuals with unique stories, who have responsibilities, and have people who care about them. And, yes, have flaws – just like us all.

Maybe you made a mistake that you wish you could take back. Maybe you got pulled into something beyond your control. Perhaps you did not do anything, but were merely in the wrong place at the wrong time. Whatever your story, it doe not define you. You deserve to have your rights respected. You deserve a fair trial.

As Americans, many of us tend to think that those things are automatic in our legal system. But sadly, that is not the case. You need someone in your corner. You need someone to protect your rights. You need an advocate. You need a skilled New Haven criminal lawyer by your side who will devote the time and energy to your case that it needs.

That is what you get from me and my team. That is what I promise all of my clients. That is the foundation of my practice, and it is something that has earned me a reputation as an approachable attorney who truly cares about his clients.

I take pride in that. If you choose to work with me, you will gain an ally who keeps you in the loop throughout all stages of the case, who makes himself available any time day or night, weekend or holiday, and who speaks plainly and clearly – and does not get bogged down in confusing legalese when talking to clients.

Being charged with a crime is a tough thing to go through. Do not go at it alone. I will ease your stress. I will take control of your case, so you can focus on your life.

Of course, being compassionate is just one side of the job.

You also need results. I am known as an attorney who understands the importance of hands-on investigation and creative solutions. I have earned respect for my powerful, innovative, and tenacious defense strategies. I not only work for you, I also work with you to make sure your story is told.

Connecticut law enforcement cracks down hard on crime, but I know how the system works. I know what it takes to build a defense. I know what it takes to get charges reduced, dropped, or dismissed. Whatever type of criminal charge you are facing, get a jump on your defense. Get in touch with my team as soon as possible.


Connecticut Criminal Defense


The Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph is not a “one-stop shop” for your legal needs. My team does not handle estate planning. We do not do custody battles or divorces. We are not the place to go if you want to apply for a green card or if someone rear-ends you and you want to sue them, either.

My singular focus — the focus of the entire team here — is on fighting for the rights of those who have been accused of crimes.

Why does that benefit you?

Because it means that we live and breathe Connecticut criminal law. Every case we take on involves a criminal charge, and our brain power is devoted to knowing the nuances of our state’s numerous criminal statutes inside and out.

This is not the case for every law firm here. Many of them take cases in a number of legal areas and consider that a positive. I do not.

Criminal law is vast. It is complicated. Even for experienced professionals, it can be confusing. Because of this, I believe that the only way to become the best criminal law firm in the area and make sure I am giving my clients the time and attention their cases truly deserve is to specialize in defense and only defense.

In doing this, I have been able to learn the criminal laws of our state inside and out. Whatever charges you are facing, I have the skill, knowledge, and determination to fight diligently for your rights and freedoms.

Practice Areas

As a criminal defense lawyer, I’ve successfully defended clients against even the most grave of charges, including:


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Of course, it is easy to write about how dedicated I am or how hard I will work to defend you. Go to any lawyer’s site and you will find many of the same claims.

The truth is, it does not matter what I say. If you want to know what I am like as an attorney, you should read reviews and testimonials from past clients. Need proof of my conviction to helping people? Look no further than Young People in Recovery (“YPR”), the national organization focused on supporting young people in or seeking recovery from addiction that I co-founded.

Want to learn how well-respected I am? Look for awards and recognition. Like how The National Trial Lawyers named me to their Top 40 Under 40 list. Or how the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys named Me a Top 10 Under 40 in their Connecticut list. Or how I belong to the National College for DUI Defense.

Ultimately, though, it comes down to something simple: do you think you would feel confident with me handling your case?

Most people have a hard time answering that just based on a web page, which is why I urge you to call our office as soon as possible if you are facing a criminal matter.

Our Blog

“A nine-minute investigation”: Client acquitted of 10 counts of child sexual assault

Criminal Law | Felonies | Sex Crimes

A Middlesex Judicial District jury acquitted our client of 10 counts of child sexual assault on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. The jury reached their verdict after five days of trial and approximately nine hours of deliberation.

This client was acquitted of 10 felony counts of sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor stemming from a 2019 arrest.

“[My client] maintained his innocence from day one and we are extremely pleased that justice prevailed in this case” said Attorney [...]

Shoplifting Crimes Rise As More Connecticut Residents Put On Masks

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, people are doing what they can to stay safe. In many places, including Connecticut, that means wearing a mask when out in public.

The problem is that enterprising thieves are using this to their advantage. In fact, one Connecticut couple went on an eight-day crime spree using masks and surgical gloves to evade recognition as they robbed convenience stores and gas stations.

No matter the circumstances, shoplifting is a crime that is harshly punished in Connecticut. [...]

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