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Category: Convictions

Voting Rights: How Felony Convictions Affect Your Ability to Participate in Elections

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 to play an integral role in the democratic process.  It’s one of the highest forms of citizenship. Cynicism aside, voting is the participation [...]

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Connecticut Grants Greater Privacy for Juvenile Felony Trials

Juvenile Crimes

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 offender has committed a felony?

Normally, these charges are processed as if the juvenile were an adult, which, in some cases, can nullify the privacy [...]

Connecticut Offers Pretrial Diversion Programs for These Crimes

Pretrial Alcohol Education Program (PAEP) | Pretrial Diversion Programs | Family Violence Education Program (FVEP) | Accelerated Rehabilitation (AR)

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 programs.

These programs address a variety of criminal issues and can help keep your criminal record clean. Here’s what you need to know about taking [...]

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