Articles Posted in Criminal Law

“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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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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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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An Overview of Misdemeanor Classes in Connecticut
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

Connecticut recently brought misdemeanors into the limelight with their decision to lower a significant number of drug charges from felonies to misdemeanors. This is good news for those facing charges for minor crimes, including drug possession. The change significantly increases the number of charges that Connecticut now considers misdemeanor crimes. The bipartisan effort to pass…

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When Misdemeanors are Elevated to Felonies in Connecticut
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

Each state has its own criminal justice system – Connecticut is no different. The state’s legislative body passes laws that regulate conduct and specifies the penalties that a judge can – or must – impose when an individual violates or breaks a law. This set of laws is called a penal code. Most states, including…

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What to Look for in Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney
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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…

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Voting Rights: How Felony Convictions Affect Your Ability to Participate in Elections
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph

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. Voting is a constitutional right, and it’s your civic duty…

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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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