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April 2015 Archives

What is the standard of proof for a civil protection order?

Domestic violence cases often turn into he-said, she-said situations and can be very difficult to prosecute. However, when a case does go before a court, it puts the defendant's immediate future and long-term reputation in jeopardy. One court action that is very common in these cases is a civil protection order. Understanding what someone has to show to be able to get one of these orders against you is important to being prepared for the rest of the case.

What is a pardon?

If you have a criminal conviction on your record, you already likely know the negative effects it can have on your life. Even if the offense was only a misdemeanor, when your background check is pulled for a job or to rent an apartment, people can make assumptions about who you are as a person. Many people want to have their records expunged but are unsure if they are eligible or how to complete the process.

What do the police look for to warrant a DUI stop?

Unless you are going through a DUI checkpoint, officers must have a reason to pull you over and administer a field sobriety test. While most people may associate weaving or crossing over the lane lines as a sign of an impaired driver, there are also other behaviors police officers are looking for. Knowing what these signs are can help defendants better understand if the officer had enough evidence to warrant the traffic stop in the first place.

Federal drug charges: How we can help

Drug trafficking charges are often the result of lengthy federal investigations, and prosecutors will likely be ready to try the case very aggressively. This means that you need to present a strong defense and be ready to fight for your rights.

Connecticut's statutory rape laws

Sex crimes is a very broad category, but very few people will stop and ask you what you were convicted of exactly. For those who have been convicted of or are facing charges of statutory rape, this can be a frightening truth. Each state has different laws on what constitutes statutory rape, and understanding what the Connecticut law states can help defendants be better prepared for their defense.