A criminal investigation often necessitates that Connecticut citizens familiarize themselves with the legal system in order to prepare strong defenses against the charges they face. By researching the criminal charges and potential penalties that could result if a conviction is obtained, an accused individual can improve their chances of making the right decision based upon the facts of a specific case. Understanding these issues can help an individual decide whether to fight the allegations made against them or attempt to reach a plea deal with officials.
This may become necessary for a 35-year-old man from New Haven, who now stands accused of assault and could face more serious charges. The allegations stem from a fire in an apartment building, which authorities responded to after someone reported that a domestic crime was occurring. Once the fire was under control, officials apparently uncovered the body of the man's 31-year-old girlfriend.
The man is now charged with assault and could face both arson and homicide charges, depending upon the outcome of the autopsy on the woman's body and the police investigation. Authorities have currently labeled this as a 'probable' homicide, but the final determination will have to wait until the autopsy is completed. A neighbor of the couple expressed surprise over the possibility that a domestic incident could have resulted in the woman's death, since he said that the couple appeared to be peaceful the majority of the time.
Once all charges are filed, this Connecticut man would likely benefit from fully understanding the criminal charges leveled against him. This will help him decide whether he wishes to mount a valid and vigorous criminal defense or negotiate a plea with prosecutors. In some cases, reaching a plea bargain can help obtain the best possible outcome given a particular set of facts and evidence.
Source: New Haven Register, "New Haven police arrest suspect in connection with fatal fire," Rachel Chinapen, June 3, 2013