The highly experienced attorneys at Duffy Law are committed to protecting the rights of people accused of Class B misdemeanors and other criminal offenses in Connecticut. Many people mistakenly believe that if a charge is for a misdemeanor offense, it is not worthwhile to call an attorney. Yet a misdemeanor charge is no trivial matter. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you may suffer the consequences of the conviction for years to come. In addition to possible jail time and the assessment of fines, having a misdemeanor conviction on your record may cause you to experience difficulty finding a job or securing housing.
Fortunately, an experienced criminal defense attorney can help you to avoid the most severe penalties associated with an offense. Sometimes, a lawyer may even be capable of getting the prosecution to drop the case or persuading the court to dismiss it, especially if law enforcement obtained the evidence against you illegally.
If Class B misdemeanor charges have been issued against you, your first call should be to Duffy Law to discuss how we can help you.
Class B Misdemeanors in Connecticut
Even though misdemeanors are technically less serious than felonies, these charges can still result in a variety of harsh consequences. Class B misdemeanors are the second-most severe type of misdemeanor charge. Some of the most common offenses in this class include the following:
- Embezzlement of $500 to $1000
- Reckless endangerment in the second degree
- Larceny in the fifth degree
- Public indecency
- Computer crimes in the fifth degree
- Stalking in the third degree
- Forgery in the third degree
- Misuse of 911
- Criminal trespass in the second degree
Each case will require individual analysis based on the law regarding your specific charge and the facts alleged by the prosecutor. At Duffy Law, we are familiar with all Class B misdemeanor offenses and know how to develop a defense strategy that will be the most effective in your case.
Penalties for Class B Misdemeanors
If you are convicted of a Class B misdemeanor, Connecticut law allows the court to sentence you to up to six months behind bars and assess up to $1,000 in fines, plus other costs. If you have the help of a skilled defense attorney, you may be able to obtain a favorable plea agreement that reduces your sentence to probation, community service, and similar penalties instead of jail time.
If you receive probation, you will be required to comply with specific conditions throughout the duration of your sentence; otherwise, you risk going to jail. Such conditions can meaningfully limit your freedom, even if you aren’t in jail. In addition, convictions are always costly and can affect you and your household’s finances.
In addition to court-imposed penalties, you may also experience “collateral consequences.” Such collateral consequences may include:
- For non-citizens, being taken into custody by ICE to face removal or deportation proceedings
- Loss or denial of a professional license
- Difficulty getting a job
- Ineligibility for federal funding or benefits
- Challenges to housing applications
Often, the collateral consequences of having a Class B misdemeanor conviction on your record can outweigh the penalties set by the criminal court. Unfortunately, these consequences can last much longer and—unless you are able to obtain a pardon—may follow you indefinitely.
At Duffy Law, we have repeatedly witnessed the numerous ways in which a Class B misdemeanor can affect a person’s life. Because of this, we do everything in our power to obtain the best possible outcome in every single case for every single client.
Helping You Through the Criminal Process
After you are placed under arrest on suspicion of a crime, the process that follows may intimidate and confuse you. It is important to know you do not have to go through this process alone. Our committed criminal defense team can be by your side every step of the way. Not only do we know how to skillfully navigate the criminal justice process, but we’ll also ensure your rights are protected. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can begin working with you on your case.
It is never too soon to call for help with your Class B misdemeanor case. If you have been arrested, know that you have the right to call an attorney and have your attorney present during all police questioning. This can ensure that the police do not influence or coerce you into saying anything that may hurt your case. We can begin our representation immediately after your arrest—even if you have not been charged yet.
Once you are charged, Duffy Law can help in the following ways, among others:
- Reduce or eliminate your bail
- Examine the evidence against you and collect evidence to refute the prosecutor’s allegations
- Identify and present any and all available legal defenses, such as self-defense
- Negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor
- Determine whether your constitutional rights were violated in any way
- Provide guidance regarding pleading guilty or proceeding to trial
- Pursue an appeal, if necessary
- Make sure you understand your rights and options throughout the process
While you have the right to represent yourself in a criminal case, doing so is not advised. This is because hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney increases your chances of obtaining a less severe sentence. For this reason, it is always wise to seek support and representation from our legal team to ensure you do not face unnecessary convictions or consequences.
Some people who are already experiencing the consequences of a Class B misdemeanor conviction may want to know whether they can clear their record. The lawyers at Duffy Law can advise you of your options for obtaining a pardon and expunging your criminal record so you can move on with your life.
Discuss Your Case with Our Connecticut Criminal Defense Law Firm Today
The criminal defense lawyers of Duffy Law have extensive experience with the Connecticut state criminal justice system, including with all types of misdemeanor and felony offenses. We have successfully represented numerous defendants in a wide variety of cases and we are confident that we can help you. If you have been arrested, are facing criminal charges, or want information about a possible pardon, please don’t wait to contact our office. We are on your side, so please call our legal team at 203-946-2000 for a free case evaluation today.