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Q&A: Erasing a Criminal Record 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. 

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Five Key Things to Know About DUI Arrests in Connecticut

If you have been pulled over under suspicion of DUI/DWI, the officers will be carefully observing you for signs of intoxication during this initial encounter-- for example, if you are slurring your words or if you seem confused or unsteady.  The officer may smell alcohol on your breath, but even if you have had a drink or two, remember that it is legal to drive after drinking a small amount, and try to remain calm and clear-headed. 

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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.  

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Voting Rights: How Felony Convictions Affect Your Ability to Participate in Elections

Many people mistakenly believe that ex-offenders are not allowed to ever vote again; that their right to vote has been permanently taken away because of their conviction.  However, this is not the case.  Many states automatically restore voting rights upon completion of your sentence – including Connecticut. 

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