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Category: Theft Crimes

Are Penalties for Robbery Different Than Burglary in CT? Not Really

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 [...]

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Will Surveillance Technology Lead to More CT Burglary Charges in 2020?

Technology continues to march forward in every industry, and that includes surveillance. 2020 will see new and interesting developments in how technology is used to keep people and their belongings safe.

New kinds of surveillance should help the police curtail burglary, or at least be a catalyst to more burglary charges in Connecticut.

These new technologies make use of cloud computing and crowdsourcing. In general, the current surveillance trend is to increase the number of cameras and increase connectivity. The [...]

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Watch Out – Connecticut Police on Cracking Down on “Porch Pirates”

It’s probably no surprise to hear that the rise in online shopping has also led to a correlating increase in package thievery. These “porch pirates” can easily take advantage of packages sitting on the front step, especially during the holidays.

Last holiday season the problem of package theft became apparent to law enforcement, shoppers, and retailers alike, and cops really started cracking down.

Take police in New Jersey, who teamed up with Amazon to catch these thieves using doorbell cameras [...]

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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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