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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]