Connecticut Misdemeanor Defense Attorneys
Assisting individuals facing misdemeanor charges in Connecticut
There are two major categories of criminal charges under Connecticut law: felonies and misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by a jail term no longer than one year, while felonies are crimes punishable by a jail term of more than one year. Because misdemeanors are the less serious of the two categories, you may not take this type of charge very seriously. If you are charged with a misdemeanor, you may be tempted to handle your cases on your own because you believe there is no chance of serious penalties being imposed. However, misdemeanor convictions can result in serious penalties, including costly fines, supervised probation, or a jail sentence. For this reason, you should always take any misdemeanor allegations extremely seriously and contact an experienced Connecticut criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest or summons.
Felice Duffy and Paul Thomas are skilled criminal defense lawyers committed to helping individuals fight against misdemeanor charges in Connecticut criminal court. If you would like to discuss your case, call Duffy Law, LLC today at 203-946-2000.
Defending a wide array of misdemeanor offenses
Misdemeanor charges can result from many different alleged acts and the following are some examples of misdemeanors Duffy Law commonly handles:
- Assault in the third degree
- Petty theft
- Stalking in the second or third degree
- Sexual assault in the fourth degree
- Criminal mischief
- Breach of peace
- Reckless driving
The penalties you face will depend upon the “class” of misdemeanor charge against you. Some of the maximum sentences for misdemeanor convictions in Connecticut are as follows:
|Charge||Maximum Jail Time||Maximum Fine|
|Class D misdemeanor||30 days||$250.00|
|Class C misdemeanor||Three months||$500.00|
|Class B misdemeanor||Six months||$1,000.00|
|Class A misdemeanor||One year||$2,000.00|
Often, an experienced misdemeanor defense attorney can help you avoid jail time even if you are convicted. A lawyer who understands the criminal justice system can negotiate with the prosecutor and judge to obtain a sentence of probation or participation in a diversionary program. These programs can allow you to participate in substance abuse education classes, rehabilitation, or community service and to have your charge dropped after successful completion of the program.
There are situations, of course, in which individuals are wrongfully accused and were not involved in the alleged misdemeanor offense. Our experienced attorneys will thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding your arrest and allegations to identify ways to challenge the prosecution’s case and prove you are not guilty. Connecticut attorney Felice Duffy is a former federal prosecutor and attorney Paul Thomas is a former federal defender. They understand how authorities gather evidence to prove a case and, therefore, have the ability to build an effective defense against charges to avoid conviction.
Discuss your case with a qualified Connecticut misdemeanor defense lawyer today
If you have been arrested or charged with a misdemeanor, you require the highest quality of criminal defense to avoid a conviction on your permanent criminal record and other serious penalties that may result. At Duffy Law, LLC, free consultations are available, so please call our office in New Haven at 203-946-2000