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Need a Fresh Start? Apply to Have Your CT Criminal Record Pardoned
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

Sometimes people make mistakes. Whether it was a moment of youthful indiscretion or a lapse of judgment caused by alcohol, they simply happen. At the same time, these mistakes can result in permanent criminal records. Still, that doesn’t mean it’s fair for a minor issue to follow you your whole life. If you’re a Connecticut…

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“A Nine-Minute Investigation”: Client Acquitted of 10 Counts of Child Sexual Assault
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

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…

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Shoplifting Crimes Rise as More Connecticut Residents Put On Masks
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

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…

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Connecticut Grants Greater Privacy for Juvenile Felony Trials
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

A stark separation between juvenile and adult defendants, the laws governing crimes committed by underage offenders have always allowed for greater privacy. These are the laws that protect a minor’s name from being shared in the media and other public forums, for instance, when they’ve committed a juvenile offense. So what happens when a juvenile…

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Every Connecticut DUI Conviction Comes With a Mandatory Minimum
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

Connecticut doesn’t play around with DUI convictions. The state has made it abundantly clear that it takes driving under the influence seriously and will do what it takes to reduce the numbers. One way of doing this is through the use of mandatory minimum sentencing. Every level of DUI in the state of Connecticut will…

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Connecticut Offers Pretrial Diversion Programs for These Crimes
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

While the criminal justice system in Connecticut is certainly designed to administer punitive measures upon those who commit crimes, courts recognize that many offenders aren’t career criminals – they simply made a mistake. To help those that find themselves charged with non-violent crimes for the first time, Connecticut offers a second chance through pretrial diversion…

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Quarantined? Remember, All CT Crimes Can Qualify as Domestic Violence
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on the everyday lives of people all over the world. One of the biggest changes? The government’s request for citizens to “shelter in place.” Essentially, this kind of order calls for limited time outside your home to essential activities like work, medical appointments, or to get groceries. Naturally, families…

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Factors Contributing to Common Connecticut Juvenile Crimes
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child. When it comes to juvenile crimes in Connecticut, that village can also contribute to a whole set of risk factors to a child’s choices to participate in criminal behavior. So, though writing off juvenile crime as youthful indiscretions are quite tempting, understand things…

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CT Sex Crime Convictions Equal More Than Just Criminal Penalties
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

Being convicted of any crime is, in its own right, something that is bound to follow you long after you’ve done your time. That being said, research suggests there are certain convictions that seem to be viewed far more negatively in society…and for much longer. Sex crimes are among the worst. This is because while,…

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Are Penalties for Robbery Different Than Burglary in CT? Not Really
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

The question of what is burglary vs. robbery is one that is often asked by the uninitiated. It is easy to confuse the two and different states around the country often have different laws and definitions. Many view robberies as a far more severe crime than burglaries. While the state of Connecticut maintains different legal…

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About the Author

Douglas D. Rudolph practices criminal defense law with two guiding principles in mind: that you are someone who deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, and that you are innocent until proven guilty. Those are beliefs that have served him well so far in New Haven and across Connecticut, where he has built a reputation as someone who truly cares about his clients and will fight aggressively for them. His work has earned him a number of prestigious awards, including landing on The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 list two years in a row and being named to the Top 10 Under 40 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys in 2018.

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