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New Haven Criminal Charges


Determined to protect its reputation for low rates of crime, Connecticut courts are notoriously tough on criminal offenses of all kinds. Regardless of the nature of the crime you have been charged with or are under investigation for, any type of criminal offense in Connecticut should never be taken lightly.

If you are convicted, you not only face heavy fines and incarceration but lifelong damage to your name and reputation. A stain on your criminal record can follow you the rest of your life, making it difficult to do seemingly simple things like getting a job, finding housing, or taking out a loan.

The Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph understands the stress, uncertainty, and fear that comes with a criminal charge or investigation. My firm is dedicated to protecting the rights and freedom of every client with compassionate and aggressive representation.

With years of experience in all areas of criminal defense, my legal team provides invaluable assistance to those in their darkest hour, facing the loss of their future, freedom, finances, and reputation. I have a wealth of experience defending clients in New Haven and throughout Connecticut against both state and federal charges.

With myself and my legal team in your corner, you can be confident that Connecticut’s finest law professionals defending you, something that puts you in the best position possible to secure the most favorable outcome in your case.

With your freedom, finances, job, and personal relationships on the line, the worst mistake you can make is to try to go up against criminal charges alone. Do not do this – contact The Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph for a free case consultation and evaluation, and take the first step towards protecting your future today.

The Penalties for Connecticut Criminal Offenses Can Be Life Altering – Fight Back

Whether it is at the state or federal level, any kind of criminal conviction can ruin your future. It could mean prison time and heavy fines. You could lose certain types of rights that most people take for granted.

Perhaps worst of all, though, is the long-term effects a conviction may have on your life and personal liberties. With a criminal conviction on your record, you may struggle to secure a job, find a place to live, attain financial aid for education, or even get a loan.

In Connecticut, local laws separate crimes into felonies and misdemeanors. Our state generally punishes felonies – typically considered the most serious types of offenses – with prison stays lasting anywhere from a year to a lifetime.

Connecticut courts usually classify felony crimes as Class A to Class D Felonies, with Class A being the most serious category of a misdemeanor after Capital Felonies. Capital Felonies are the gravest type of felony in our state, applying to charges such as murder with special circumstances.

Although misdemeanor crimes are considered less serious than felonies, they still carry harsh consequences. Connecticut punishes misdemeanors with jail sentences of up to one year in jail as well as heavy fines. Much like felonies, Connecticut courts break misdemeanors into classes from A to D, with Class A being the most serious category of a misdemeanor.

Any kind of criminal conviction, from a Capital Felony to a Class D Misdemeanor, can carry life-altering consequences and should never be taken lightly. No matter the circumstances, you should get in touch with a Connecticut criminal lawyer as soon as possible if you have been charged with a crime or are currently under investigation.

At the Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph, I have the experience battling criminal charges of all levels, from high-level felonies to low-level misdemeanors. Knowing that your future is on the line, we treat every case with compassion, diligence, and aggression.

With my law firm in your corner, you can be sure that you will not fall through the cracks of the Connecticut criminal justice system. As your attorney, I will use every possible resource and defense tactic to obtain the best possible resolution for your case. Call The Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph to start building a powerful defense today.

Criminal Defense

A New Haven Criminal Defense Attorney Experienced in Tackling the Toughest Cases

The Connecticut criminal justice system can be at once overwhelming, confusing, and frightening. Only a seasoned legal professional will know how to navigate it effectively and defend you against harsh penalties.

I have experience taking on some of Connecticut’s toughest cases and finding ways to achieve positive outcomes. This success has not gone unnoticed. My creative strategies and aggressive defense tactics have earned me quite a bit of recognition – including being named to the Top 10 Under 40 list in Connecticut from The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and Top 40 Under 40 list from The National Trial Lawyers.

Over the years, I have taken on a wide variety of criminal defense cases, earning favorable results for countless clients. Some of the most common types of cases I handle include:

Whatever type of criminal charges you are facing, it is important to act swiftly and strategically.

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“A nine-minute investigation”: Client acquitted of 10 counts of child sexual assault

Criminal Law | Felonies | Sex Crimes

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 from a 2019 arrest.

“[My client] maintained his innocence from day one and we are extremely pleased that justice prevailed in this case” said Attorney [...]

Shoplifting Crimes Rise As More Connecticut Residents Put On Masks

Shoplifting / Retail Theft

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 to evade recognition as they robbed convenience stores and gas stations.

No matter the circumstances, shoplifting is a crime that is harshly punished in Connecticut. [...]

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