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Category: Felonies

When Misdemeanors are Elevated to Felonies in Connecticut

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 Connecticut, sort crimes into the following three categories:

Infractions: Offenses that usually aren’t very serious and involve low-level misconduct, such as traffic violations. Punishment typically[...]
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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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Are Penalties for Robbery Different Than Burglary in CT? Not Really

Burglary | Robbery/Burglary | Theft Crimes

The question of what is burglary vs. robbery is one that is often asked by the uninitiated. It is easy to confuse the two and different states around the country often have different laws and definitions. Many view robberies as a far more severe crime than burglaries.

While the state of Connecticut maintains different legal definitions for robbery and burglary, on the other hand, the courts typically view them as nearly identical when it comes to sentencing.

This is why [...]

CT Sex Crime Convictions Equal More Than Just Criminal Penalties

Sex Crimes | Sex Offender Registry

Being convicted of any crime is, in its own right, something that is bound to follow you long after you’ve done your time. That being said, research suggests there are certain convictions that seem to be viewed far more negatively in society…and for much longer.

Sex crimes are among the worst. This is because while, yes, there are legal penalties attached to sex crime convictions, there are also significant social penalties.

The unique and unparalleled stigma surrounding sex crime convictions [...]

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