If you’re facing allegations of a Class A misdemeanor in Connecticut, the highly experienced criminal defense legal team at Duffy Law is here to help. While a misdemeanor may not seem as serious as a felony charge, Class A misdemeanor convictions can have serious and lasting consequences. The attorneys at Duffy Law understand how to effectively defend against any type of Class A misdemeanor offense, and may be able to help you avoid some of the most severe penalties associated with a specific offense. Additionally, our attorneys can investigate whether any of the evidence against you was obtained by law enforcement illegally. If it was, our criminal defense lawyers know how to suppress illegally-obtained evidence—meaning that the prosecution will be prevented from using it against you. This suppression of evidence can significantly weaken a prosecutor’s case. Please contact our office as soon as possible after an arrest to find out how our criminal defense attorneys can help you.
What Is a Class A Misdemeanor?
Connecticut law divides criminal offenses into different categories based on the nature and severity of the crime. First, crimes are either felonies—which are more serious and carry harsher penalties—or misdemeanors. Although the potential penalties for misdemeanors are less severe than those for felonies, a misdemeanor charge should not be taken lightly, as any criminal charge is a serious matter.
Misdemeanors are divided into four categories. Class A misdemeanors, existing just one step below a felony, are the most serious of the misdemeanor charges. A wide variety of offenses can be charged as Class A misdemeanors, including the following:
- Delivery of drug paraphernalia
- Possession of an assault weapon
- Assault in the third degree
- Reckless endangerment in the first degree
- Criminally negligent homicide
- Sexual assault in the fourth degree
- Criminal trespass in the first degree
- Credit card theft
- Larceny in the fourth degree
- Escape from custody
The above list is far from exhaustive; many other crimes may be charged as Class A misdemeanors in CT. Each case will have different legal questions depending on the type of offense. It is important to know that Duffy Law has the knowledge and experience to handle any type of case – no matter what type of charge you face.
Consequences of a Class A Misdemeanor Conviction
It is truly important to be represented by a qualified criminal defense law firm because of the possible penalties associated with a Class A misdemeanor conviction. While penalties can vary from case to case, the maximum penalties allowed by law in Connecticut for this class of crime are as follows:
- One year in jail
- $2,000 fine plus court costs
Such penalties could significantly disrupt your life—both in terms of your finances and your freedom. If you have to go to jail for any amount of time—even if it is only for a few months—you could lose your job and experience tension in your personal relationships.
In addition to the penalties ordered by the state criminal court, Class A misdemeanor convictions also carry collateral consequences. For instance, prospective employers may refuse to hire people with a criminal conviction. If you have a professional license or intend to get one in the future, a licensing board may consider your record when deciding whether you are fit to hold the license. In addition, landlords may conduct a background check and refuse to rent housing to you.
Non-citizens can experience some of the harshest consequences, as a Class A misdemeanor conviction could trigger deportation proceedings. If convicted, ICE may take you into custody and you may have to fight your removal from the U.S. and separation from your family and job. At Duffy Law, we understand the implications of a criminal case for immigrants and ensure our clients are fully advised of what may happen in their case.
It is essential to learn all of the potential consequences of a Class A misdemeanor conviction so you will understand the importance of having the right attorney on your side. With years of experience on both sides of the criminal process, the team at Duffy Law is uniquely qualified to protect your rights and defend against misdemeanor charges. Please contact our office today so we can begin working on your case.
How Our Attorneys Will Help
While no one is required to have a defense attorney in a criminal case, the criminal justice system is not set up in a manner that is friendly to defendants or easy to understand. Because the process is so complicated and so much is at stake, it is critical to seek assistance from the right law firm.
Duffy Law helps our Class A misdemeanor clients in a number of ways, which can vary depending on the nature of the case. Some of the ways we may be able to help include:
- Representing you in police interrogations after an arrest
- Working to reduce or eliminate your bail
- Representing you in all court appearances
- Investigating and possibly challenging the circumstances of your arrest
- Collecting evidence for your defense
- Presenting any available legal defenses
- Identifying any violations of your constitutional rights
- Advising you of your right to a trial
- Negotiating with the prosecutor for a favorable plea bargain
- Advising you of the implications of a guilty plea
- Representing you at trial
- Appealing a wrongful conviction, if necessary
Because of the severe consequences that result from any type of criminal conviction, our firm can dedicate all necessary resources to ensure you have the best defense possible. Even if you decide to plead guilty, having our attorneys on your side can often mean the difference between getting probation or going to jail.
If you already have a Class A misdemeanor conviction on your record, don’t hesitate to call us to discuss your options for having your record expunged. After a certain waiting period, we can assist you through the pardon application process so you can have the best chance of clearing your name.
Contact a Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer Today
Don’t make the mistake of underestimating your charge simply because it’s a misdemeanor. The repercussions of a Class A misdemeanor conviction can affect your life for years to come.
For your best chance at limiting the consequences you face, your first call should be to Duffy Law. Our Connecticut criminal defense attorneys have the experience to confidently and aggressively defend against any type of criminal charge in CT state court. Call us today at 203-946-2000 for more information.