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Douglas D. Rudolph

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New Haven Criminal Lawyer Douglas Rudolph

Because You Deserve a New Haven Criminal Lawyer Who Will Fight for You

In my years working in the criminal justice system, I have seen how stress, fear, and uncertainty can impact the lives of people without effective legal defense. Because of this, I believe that everyone has the right to the best possible representation. Remember – just because you have been charged with a crime does not mean you will be stripped of your right to a fair trial and quality legal representation.

If you have been charged with or are being investigated for a crime, you may be feeling shocked, ashamed, frightened, or other strong emotions. Understand that these feelings, while intense, are normal to experience after being charged with a crime. Having worked with countless clients facing criminal charges of all kinds, I have witnessed it.

After being hit with a criminal charge, you essentially have two choices: you can lay down and accept whatever consequences the court assigns you, or you can stand up for your rights and fight to have your charges reduced or dropped with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. As an experienced and compassionate criminal lawyer in Connecticut, I am ready to fight on your behalf to secure the best possible outcome for your case. Contact The Law Office of Douglas R. Rudolph to start building your strongest defense today.


Douglas D. Rudolph


In criminal cases, the right attorney may be all that stands between you and incarceration, heavy fines, and a life-long stain on your criminal record. When hiring a lawyer, it is essential to find one who not only has experience and skill but who is also the right fit for you and your particular case.

Ideally, you will want a lawyer who specializes in criminal law and has experience defending clients charged with similar offenses in Connecticut. Your attorney should be open and forthright about their particular experience working with different areas of criminal law during an initial consultation. Also, a good lawyer should be able to point to a track record of success in obtaining pre-trial settlements and favorable verdicts in court.

It is equally important to find an attorney that makes you feel comfortable. Your lawyer should be someone who you can speak openly with and who can explain your charges in a way you understand. The right attorney will demonstrate genuine concern and seem invested in your case and the outcome. In short, your lawyer should be someone that not only you trust, but who you think will win the trust of prosecutors, judges, and jurors if it comes to that.

I have years of experience as a criminal lawyer and have earned a reputation for my creative defense tactics and commitment to protecting my clients’ rights in courts. My practice is rooted in the principle that everyone is innocent until proven guilty and that you deserve a compassionate and experienced advocate on your side – even in your darkest hour.

I have worked to obtain favorable results for clients charged with an array of offenses, from DUI/DWI to domestic violence crimes. I set myself apart from other lawyers by prioritizing client relations and customer service. Striving to be responsive and accessible, I encourage clients and prospective clients to reach out to me via text, phone call, or email around the clock.

In other words, I will strive to be there for you and treat you like a person who has value throughout the entire process as we work together to get you the best possible outcome.

A Diligent Connecticut Criminal Lawyer

With Valuable Experience In and Out of the Courtroom

My compassion for those facing criminal charges has been built on my diverse experiences both in and outside of the courtroom. I kicked off my criminal law career in Minnesota in 2016, building a name for myself as an empathetic but aggressive attorney. Soon, I developed a reputation for strategic tactics and a knack as achieving successful outcomes in even the toughest of cases.

Since moving my law office to Connecticut, I have drawn from my experiences at the New Haven Public Defender’s Office and New Haven Legal Association. I have been honored with awards and accolades such as The National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40 and The National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys Top 10 Under 40.

Before starting my practice, I gained unique experiences as a leading national advocate for nationwide addiction recovery resources by serving as the co-founder and Policy Director of the Young People in Recovery (YPR), a national advocacy organization dedicated to connecting those in need with resources to recover from substance abuse disorder. During my time at YPR, I developed a national initiative that stressed education, employment, and safe housing essential for long-term, sustained recovery for addiction.

In this position, I worked with federal agencies, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the United Nations, and other organizations. I fought to challenge both national and state legislation surrounding recovery and addiction, backing state-level second-chance laws and the federal-level Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act.

My experience as both a criminal lawyer and an advocate for social change has given me a unique understanding and compassion for those facing criminal charges. When you decide to work with the Law Firms of Douglas D. Rudolph, you can be sure you will get a lawyer who will not only uses his in-depth knowledge of the law to fight for your rights but will also treat you like a human being.

Being charged with a criminal offense can be tough on your career, family, personal relationships, and state of mind. Do not make it tougher by trying to navigate our complex criminal justice system alone.

For sound legal counsel from a top New Haven lawyer, get in touch with me at The Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph. During your free initial consultation, I can discuss how I can help you protect your rights and secure the best possible outcome for your case.


Top 40 Under 40 – National Trial Lawyers – 2019

Top 40 Under 40 – National Trial Lawyers – 2018

Top 10 Under 40 – National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys 2018

CALI Excellence Award – Criminal Procedure: Adjudication Western New England University School of Law – 2014

CALI Excellence Award – Legislative Lobbying and Advocacy Western New England University School of Law – 2014


Attorney – Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph – 2016 – Present

Student Attorney – Public Defender’s Office – 2014 – 2015

Policy Director – Young People in Recovery – 2013 – 2016

Legal Intern – New Haven Legal Assistance Association – 2013


New Haven Bar Association – Member – 2018 – Present

Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association – Member – 2018 – Present

National College of DUI Defense – Member – 2018 – Present

National Trial Lawyers Association – Member – 2018 – Present

National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys – Member 2018 – Present


Western New England University School of Law – JD – Juris Doctor – 2015

Augsburg College – BA – Bachelor of Arts – 2007

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