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What to Look for in Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

Finding the right attorney can mean the difference between a reduced sentence, dismissal, acquittal, and a conviction. Many criminal defense attorneys offer free consultations to learn more about your case and goals. Not all attorneys are the same, varying greatly in the scope of services they provide. Looking for the right attorney can feel like blindly looking for a needle in a hay stack, especially criminal defense attorneys because people understandably don’t ever think they’ll need one - until they do. Therefore, here are some key points to keep in mind when searching for a criminal defense attorney.

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Five Things You Must Know if You're Arrested in Connecticut

1. If you are arrested, you must be read your Miranda warning before being questioned by police. Most people have heard of a Miranda warning, which is based on a U.S. Supreme Court case from the late 1960s, Miranda vs. Arizona. Once arrested, but before being questioned, police are required to inform you that: (1) you have the right to remain silent, (2) anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law, (3) you have the right to speak to an attorney, and (4) to have an attorney present during any questioning.

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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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