Connecticut State Crimes Criminal Defense Attorney Overview
Assisting individuals facing allegations of criminal misconduct on the state level in Connecticut
Being accused of a crime can be a stressful experience and you may not know where to turn for help. Police officers and prosecutors may threaten you with a worst-case scenario in an attempt to apply pressure and get your cooperation. Fortunately, the timely assistance of a skilled criminal defense lawyer can ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you do not inadvertently say or do anything that can be used against you in the future. For this reason, if you have been arrested, it is essential to consult with a Connecticut criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
Retaining an experienced criminal defense attorney can have a significant positive impact on the outcome of your case, so please contact Duffy Law, LLC today to schedule a free consultation. Attorneys Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas thoroughly understand how to defend against state criminal allegations and will aggressively defend your rights with determination.
Representing individuals accused of state criminal offenses
Connecticut criminal law and procedure can be extremely complicated and difficult to navigate for those unfamiliar with the system. You will have to deal with the many layers of government, including the police, the bail-bondsman, court marshals, and the judges. If you have been charged, you will to need to know how to deal with the arrest, detention, bond/bail, arraignment, jail, court hearings, and possibly a trial. In addition, there may be different courthouses in each city depending on the crime. An attorney who is familiar with the Connecticut criminal courts, agencies, procedures and various legal defenses can help protect your rights and make sure that your case has the best possible outcome. Defense attorneys Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas handle a variety of criminal matters, including the following:
If you are under investigation for criminal activity, you should keep in mind that it is never too early to retain legal counsel and that you do not need to wait until formal charges are filed to hire an attorney. Many people don’t know that if approached by police officers, you don’t have to speak to them and you don’t have to allow them to search your personal belongings. Anything you do say or do can be used against you by the police and prosecutor. In addition, if you have a lawyer representing you or request a lawyer to be present, the police and the prosecutor are not allowed to speak to you without your lawyer with you. State and federal law impose significant restrictions on the way that law enforcement officers can investigate crimes and defendants have certain rights that they can assert when being questioned about a criminal matter.
When you retain an attorney, he or she will make sure that you do not say or do anything that may indicate guilt and give you the best chance for an acquittal at trial. In addition, many criminal cases are resolved long before trial and are settled by the prosecutor and the defendant entering into a plea agreement in which the defendant pleads guilty in return for the prosecutor recommending a reduced penalty to the judge. An attorney familiar with negotiating plea agreements will make sure that you are offered the most favorable agreement available in light of your circumstances. There are also alternatives to incarceration programs that may be available to you so your charges can be nolled upon successful completion of the programs.
Discuss your case with a New Haven, Connecticut criminal defense attorney today
The potential consequences of a Connecticut criminal conviction can be extremely serious and may affect your life for years to come. People who are found guilty of even relatively minor offenses can face probation, significant fines, court supervision, and jail time. Fortunately for defendants, the assistance of an experienced Connecticut criminal defense lawyer can often help avoid these consequences and may even result in your case being dropped or dismissed.
Attorney Felice Duffy is a former federal prosecutor who has devoted her legal career to applying the highest standards of fairness in the judicial process from the earliest stages of a case all the way through the most complex trials. She holds a J.D., a Ph.D., and is a former All-American collegiate athlete and Division I coach. Her educational, athletic, and legal backgrounds give her the experience — and reflect the tenacity — necessary to aggressively defend your rights in a state criminal case. To schedule a free consultation, call Duffy Law, LLC today at 203-946-2000.