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Month: March 2018

Q&A: Erasing a Criminal Record in Connecticut

HOW CAN I CLEAR MY CRIMINAL RECORD OF AN OFFENSE IN CONNECTICUT?

You can apply to have your criminal record expunged through the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles.  In Connecticut, an expungement, or the complete erasure of the criminal record of an offense, is called an Absolute Pardon.  If granted an Absolute Pardon, your criminal record will be erased, making it inaccessible to the public, potential employers, or background checks.  In fact, after you have been granted an Absolute [...]

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Five Key Things to Know About DUI Arrests in Connecticut

1. REMAIN CALM AND RESPECTFUL TO THE OFFICERS DURING THE INITIAL STOP.

Connecticut has a “Stop and Identify” law, which means that any person pulled over while operating a motor vehicle must provide identification, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration to an officer. While retrieving your documents, be respectful to the officers and try to remain calm. If you have been pulled over under suspicion of DUI/DWI, the officers will be carefully observing you for signs of intoxication during this [...]

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Two Years Later: Police Photos Once Highlighted Stark Divide in Public Attitude toward Drug Crimes

Although the following seems like eons ago in terms of today’s ever-changing 24 hour news cycle, in 2016 the East Liverpool Police Department in Ohio commanded the American public’s attention by posting the then-viral images of two people sitting in a car, overdosed from heroin, with a four-year-old child sitting alert in the back seat.  Privacy issues set aside, this unfortunate scene had people starkly divided.  Some people viewed the police’s photos as perpetuating stigma, fueling a lynch-mob mentality towards [...]

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Thinking about Shoplifting Holiday Gifts? So Are Connecticut Police

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

The holidays are ripe for possibilities. With crowded stores, careless shoppers, and overwhelmed store owners, it may seem too easy to pocket those gifts you can’t quite afford.

Resist the temptation, though. You might feel like your actions will get lost in the hustle and bustle, but store security and law enforcement officials are on high alert this time of year… and they’re looking to catch anyone that they even think could be shoplifting.

CT Police Are Increasing Their Efforts

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What Acts in Connecticut Can Get You on the Sex Offender Registry?

Sex Offender Registry | Sex Crimes

Being convicted of a sex crime in Connecticut is already difficult enough — especially when facing friends and family. As a part of your sentence, you may have even been required to register as a sex offender.

There are a wide variety of acts that can land you on the CT sex offender registry, and those crimes are grouped into three main categories: sexual violence, sex crimes involving minors, and non-violent offenses.

Let’s take a look at some of the [...]

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