Criminal Law

You may feel that any charge that requires you to appear in court is a serious charge. However, the state of Connecticut has drawn a distinction between certain crimes by designating them as misdemeanors and felonies.

Misdemeanor charges are less serious crimes in the view of the court and thus carry less harsh penalties. These include most traffic offenses, breach of peace, disorderly conduct, reckless driving, and criminal trespassing, larceny 4, 5, 6.

Felony charges are the most serious crimes here in the state of Connecticut. Those charges can include sale of narcotics, sexual assaults (rape), violation of protective orders, burglary, robbery, and murder. A felony conviction is likely to result in harsher restrictions of your rights including professional restrictions, loss of the right to vote, serve on a jury, own a gun or serve in the military, and mandatory registration as an offender.

Preserve your future

If you are charged with a first time offense, including a minor drug offense, it is important that you contact a lawyer with experience in these types of matters. There are several programs available to individuals that serve the purpose of educating them as well as allowing them to protect their records, including the drug education program and the community service labor program. We can help you choose which program is best for your situation.

Even if you are charged with a repeat offense or a more serious crime, such as drug sales or intent to sell, you have rights. Police cannot perform unlawful search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment, and they must read you your rights. If the events of your arrest include a violation of your rights, it is imperative that you contact us right away.

We won't shy away from difficult cases

Sexual assault charges are some of the most difficult charges that a defendant can face because of the damage that can be caused by just being charged. If convicted of a sexual assault, you may face not only the possibility of being incarcerated, but also the possibility of being required to register as a sex offender, which limits where an individual can live, work, and relax. Our office has extensive experience defending individuals charged with these types of crimes, including trial experience with DNA evidence at the core of the case. We will advise you whether or not to take a polygraph test at a police station and the consequences of that decision. We will not only work to defend your case, but if your case is eventually dismissed, we will work on your behalf to have your arrest information either removed from internet searches or have the information included online that the charges against you were dismissed.

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