Protecting the Legal Rights of People Who Have Been Accused of Class D Misdemeanors in Connecticut
If you have been accused of a crime in Connecticut, you should retain a criminal defense lawyer immediately. This is true regardless of whether you are facing allegations of a violent felony or a Class D misdemeanor, which is the least serious classification of crime in the state. Any criminal conviction has the potential to result in serious penalties, including substantial fines and even jail time. Fortunately, in many cases, having a lawyer can help you avoid the most serious penalties associated with a particular offense. In some instances, a lawyer may even be able to have the case against you dropped by the prosecution or dismissed by the court.
At Duffy Law, we are dedicated to representing the rights of individuals who have been accused of any crime. Our attorneys are equally qualified to represent both people accused of murder and individuals facing traffic tickets. To schedule a consultation regarding your case with one of our Connecticut criminal defense lawyers, call our office today at 203-946-2000 or send us an email through our .
What Are the Penalties Associated with a Class D Misdemeanor Conviction?
While a Class D misdemeanor is the least serious classification of crime in the state, if you are convicted of one, you will still be facing consequences that you would likely prefer to avoid. authorizes courts to impose the following penalties on individuals who are adjudicated guilty of Class D misdemeanors:
- Up to 30 days in jail
- A fine of up to $250
Importantly, these are not the only consequences that the court can impose. Many people convicted of Class D misdemeanors are placed on and are required to submit to random drug testing, attend counseling, perform community service, and comply with certain other conditions to avoid jail time.
Additionally, while these court-imposed penalties are bad enough on their own, there are often significant collateral consequences associated with a criminal conviction, regardless of the severity of the offense. For example, if you are sentenced to the full 30 days in jail, it is possible that you will be unable to keep your job. In addition, the presence of a conviction on your record will probably make it more difficult to obtain employment in the future.
A Class D misdemeanor can have an impact on your future even if you are not yet working. Colleges and universities often look at their applicants’ criminal records, and a conviction could prevent you from gaining admission to the program of your choice. Furthermore, if your conviction is drug-related, it could potentially exclude you from participation in the federal student loan program.
Your education and employment are not the only things that could potentially be affected by a Class D misdemeanor conviction. Many landlords run criminal background checks on their applicants before renting out apartments, and a conviction may make it difficult for you to secure housing.
Finally, if you are a foreign national living in the United States, a criminal conviction could potentially result in your deportation. This is true even if you accept a plea bargain that avoids other serious consequences, so it is extremely important for non-citizens who are considering accepting a plea bargain to discuss the potential consequences with an attorney familiar with the intersection of criminal law and immigration.
How Can a Class D Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer in Connecticut Help You?
If you’re facing a criminal case, it can feel like the deck is stacked against you. Police and prosecutors often threaten defendants with the worst-case scenario to influence them to accept a plea agreement, even if the case against them is not particularly strong. If your legal rights were violated, the court will only protect your rights if you bring the matter to the court’s attention in the appropriate manner. For these reasons, it is important for anyone accused of a crime to retain a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Here are some of the ways that a lawyer can help you and ensure that your case is resolved as favorably as possible:
- Represent you during any police questioning and ensure that your rights are protected.
- Review the circumstances of your arrest and determine whether your constitutional rights were violated when the police investigated your alleged offense. If they were, it is possible that your attorney will be able to have any evidence that was gathered suppressed, which can significantly weaken the prosecution’s case. In fact, in some cases, a successful motion to suppress evidence can result in a case being dropped or dismissed.
- Negotiate a favorable plea agreement that avoids the most serious consequences of your offense. In some cases, a plea agreement may even result in the case against you being dropped once your probation in successfully completed.
- Represent you in trial.
While it is best to retain an attorney as early as possible, it is never too late to retain legal representation. The moment an attorney gets involved, you can rest assured that your rights will be protected and that your case will be resolved as favorably as possible.
Call Duffy Law Today to Speak with a Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer
Allegations of criminal misconduct are always a serious matter, regardless of the classification of the offense. Even a misdemeanor conviction could have significant legal and personal consequences, some of which could have a substantial impact on the course of your life. At Duffy Law, our Connecticut criminal defense lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of the accused and are not hesitant to take a case to trial when justice demands it. To schedule a consultation with one of our experienced , call our office today at 203-946-2000 or send us an email through our .