Felony Defense Attorneys
Accused of a Felony in CT? Contact Our Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys Right Away
Any criminal charge can be stressful, but a felony charge can be downright terrifying. These serious charges can significantly disrupt your life. If you don’t have the right defense, you can face unnecessarily harsh penalties or even wrongful convictions. At Duffy Law, our criminal defense lawyers understand the severity of felony offenses and the importance of aggressively fighting against these charges. Your first call after an arrest on suspicion of any felony should be to a lawyer with the skill and experience to protect your rights. Call Duffy Law at (203) 946-2000 or contact us online to discuss your arrest and charges today.
Defending against a Wide Range of Felony Charges
Connecticut law classifies many different criminal offenses as felonies. In addition, aggravating factors can enhance a misdemeanor charge to a felony charge. Some aggravating factors include prior convictions, causing harm to others, using a deadly weapon, and more. Each felony case requires extensive attention to detail and a full analysis of all possible defenses. Our firm regularly handles the following types of felony cases, among others:
- First- and second-degree assault
- Theft of a motor vehicle
- Theft over $2,000
- Sexual assault and other sex crimes
- Child sexual abuse
- Possession of narcotics
- Possession of narcotics with intent to sell
- Second or subsequent DUI in ten years
If you face any type of felony charges, please don’t hesitate to call the office of Duffy Law. These are serious matters that require serious representation.
Potential Penalties for Felony Offenses in Connecticut
Felony convictions can mean a variety of serious and lasting consequences. The following are some possible court-imposed sentences for different degrees of felony convictions in Connecticut:
- Class D felony – Imprisonment for one to five years, as well as a $5,000 fine.
- Class C felony – Imprisonment for one to ten years, as well as a $10,000 fine.
- Class B felony – Imprisonment for one to 40 years, as well as a $15,000 fine.
- Class A felony – Imprisonment for either ten to 50 years or 25 years to life, as well as $20,000 fine.
- Capital felony – Although the death penalty no longer exists under Connecticut law, the most serious criminal offense is murder with special circumstances. The penalty for a conviction of this crime is life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
As you can see, the range of possible prison sentences is substantial, leaving the court with wide discretion when determining the length of a term in state prison. In addition, a court can opt to sentence a defendant to probation instead of jail time. In limited circumstances, an attorney may even be able to convince a prosecutor and/or judge that you should be able to use a special program and avoid a felony conviction altogether.
So how can you receive a probation sentence or no conviction at all instead of ten years or more behind bars for a felony conviction? The difference often depends on the quality of your defense representation. The right attorney can present defenses, argue to suppress evidence, negotiate with prosecutors, and use any tactics relevant to your case to try to obtain a reduced charge or sentence whenever possible. We evaluate each case on an individual basis to design the best possible defense strategy. Please don’t wait any longer to discuss your case with a member of our legal team.
Collateral Consequences of Felony Convictions
As if paying overwhelming fines and serving a long term of strict probation or prison time isn’t bad enough, any felony conviction can make the rest of your life difficult. There are many situations in which a felony on your criminal record can hinder your opportunities or reputation. Such situations include:
- Potential employers who conduct a background check may refuse to hire convicted felons.
- Potential landlords may require a background check and refuse to rent property to a prior offender out of concern for continued criminal activity.
- A conviction may lead Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to initiate deportation or removal proceedings.
- Drug-related convictions can disqualify you from federal student loans or related financial aid.
- Felony convictions can disqualify you from receiving government benefits.
- Convictions for felony sex crimes will likely require that you register as a sex offender with the state registry, which then publishes your convictions and personal information online.
- You could lose your driver’s license for many years after driving-related felony convictions.
- You may lose a professional license or receive a denial for a professional license application.
- Many graduate school or professional school programs may not accept applicants with felony convictions.
The above consequences are why the legal team at Duffy Law works to avoid a conviction whenever we can.
The Duffy Law Difference
The lawyers of Duffy Law have a long history in both the federal and Connecticut criminal justice systems. As a former federal prosecutor, a former federal defender, and a former federal defender investigator, we have experience from all sides of a criminal case. With decades of combined criminal law experience, we are experienced litigators who are never afraid to take a case to trial when it is the right move for our clients.
No felony case is too serious for the defense team at Duffy Law. We’ve worked with clients facing their first-ever criminal charge, as well as clients with prior histories who face enhanced penalties. We’ve handled all types of cases – from traffic offenses to murder. While you may feel your situation is hopeless and a prison sentence is inevitable, we know how to identify every possible option to defend against serious felony charges in Connecticut.
Find Out How the Right Criminal Felony Defense Lawyer Can Help in Your Case
An arrest and felony charge can be frightening, and the criminal justice system is designed to be intimidating for defendants. You don’t have to face this process alone and, in fact, you shouldn’t do so. Not having the proper criminal defense representation can put your entire future on the line. Don’t risk unnecessary convictions or consequences. Instead, consult with the dedicated felony defense attorneys at Duffy Law as soon as you can. Call (203) 946-2000 or contact us online today to learn more about how we may help you.