Protecting the Rights of Criminal Defendants throughout Connecticut
A criminal charge is a serious matter, whether you are accused of a misdemeanor or a felony. Even relatively low-level first-time offenses can result in serious consequences, including fines, probation, community service, and jail time. More serious offenses have the potential to land you in jail for years and completely derail your life course. In addition, a conviction on your criminal record could have a profound impact on your personal and professional life and hold you back for years or even decades.
If you have been accused of a crime, your future depends on the way your case is resolved. For this reason, anyone facing criminal charges should speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. At Duffy Law, we leverage our considerable experience to ensure that our clients are treated fairly, and that their legal rights are protected along every step of the way. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, call us 24/7 at (203) 946-2000 or send us an email through our online contact form.
Representing Individuals Who Have Been Charged with State Crimes
Connecticut criminal law is expansive and criminalizes a lot of conduct. While state crimes are typically considered less serious than federal crimes, this is not always the case, and a conviction in state court could potentially expose you to significant criminal penalties. At Duffy Law, our Connecticut criminal defense lawyers are qualified to represent the rights of clients accused of a variety of crimes, including:
Providing Effective Federal Criminal Defense Representation
Federal criminal cases proceeding in U.S. District Court are significantly different from state criminal cases. For one thing, the vast resources of the federal government come into play, because these cases are often investigated by federal agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) or the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The Connecticut federal criminal defense lawyers of Duffy Law are experienced working in the federal criminal justice system and are qualified to represent people accused of any type of federal crime. We regularly work with clients accused of a variety of federal offenses, including the following:
|White collar crime||Supervised release violations
Gang (i.e. RICO) Conspiracy
Proficient Negotiators and Experienced Connecticut Trial Attorneys
When clients who face a federal or state criminal case come to us for help, one of the first things that they want to know is how their case will be resolved. Unfortunately, there is no way to predict whether a case will go to trial, be dismissed, or end in a plea bargain.
At Duffy Law, however, we are committed to exploring every available option to ensure that our clients obtain the best possible outcomes. We will thoroughly analyze the way that your case was investigated to determine whether your rights were violated in any way by the police or the prosecution. If they were, it may be possible to suppress the evidence that was illegally collected and force the prosecution to drop the case. In addition, we will determine whether any legal defenses apply in your case—things like self-defense, alibis, consent, impossibility, insanity, or mistake. If your case does go to trial, we will do everything we can to cast doubt on the prosecution’s version of events and obtain an acquittal.
While our criminal lawyers are certainly prepared to take every case to trial if necessary, it is important to keep in mind that the majority of criminal cases are resolved through plea bargains. In a plea bargain, the prosecution agrees to bring less serious charges or recommend a lenient sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. These deals are usually reached after significant negotiations between the prosecution and the attorney or attorneys representing the defendant. At Duffy Law, we are proficient negotiators who know how to identify and exploit weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, securing highly favorable plea bargains on behalf of our clients.
Attorneys Assisting Individuals Seeking Post-Conviction Relief
As Connecticut criminal defense attorneys, we understand the profound impact a criminal conviction can have on a person’s life. In addition to our work defending individuals facing active criminal cases, we also help people obtain pardons (also known as “expungements”) to clear their criminal records. Expunging a criminal record can help people in many ways, including making it easier to get jobs, obtain certain licenses, rent apartments, or gain admission into colleges or universities. In Connecticut, a person must wait three years after a misdemeanor conviction or five years after a felony conviction to seek expungement. Even after this period of time has passed, the Board of Pardons and Paroles still has significant discretion in deciding whether to grant a pardon. We help individuals who have been convicted of crimes obtain pardons by taking steps to show rehabilitation, helping them prepare their pardon applications, and representing them in any hearings that may take place before the Board.
Call Duffy Law Today to Speak with a Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been accused of a criminal offense in the state of Connecticut, it is imperative that you retain a qualified criminal lawyer as soon as you can. At Duffy Law, our team of experienced criminal defense attorneys is committed to protecting the rights of criminal defendants and to ensuring that each case we handle is resolved as favorably as possible. When appropriate, we are tenacious negotiators who work with the prosecution to obtain the best possible plea bargain. When justice demands we take a case to trial, we will not shy away from a fight. To schedule a case evaluation with one of our lawyers, call Duffy Law today at (203) 946-2000 or send us an email through our online contact form.