Articles Posted in Criminal Defense

Bigots and racists can now be convicted felons in Connecticut. Last month, Connecticut enacted a new law that changed the charge of intimidation based on bigotry and bias from a misdemeanor to a felony. Lawmakers also imposed new minimum fines for some hate crimes, such as burning a cross.

So if you’ve been arrested in Connecticut for Intimidation based on bigotry or bias under any CGS 53a-181 subsection, understand that the State of Connecticut can look for years of jail time if the accusations involve threats of violence against someone based on their race, religion, gender, disability or sexual orientation.

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Mixing business, romance, and sex can lead to messy situations at your job. Despite all the recent high profile sexual harassment accusations in the news (Matt Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, etc.), having sex with your boss is not necessarily against the law in Connecticut. But as the best Connecticut sexual harassment lawyers and attorneys can explain, when the sex becomes a condition of your employment, it triggers Connecticut “hostile work environment” discrimination and retaliation laws that can protect you and your employment.

What makes these cases even messier is when your boss rapes, sexually assaults you, or gives you a sexually transmitted disease (an STD) like genital herpes or genital warts.

That’s when you may be able to sue your boss and employer for damages…

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There are thousands of Uber & Lyft of drivers in Connecticut, many who drive full-time or as a way of supplementing their income.

But what happens when an Uber or Lyft driver is arrested in Connecticut? Do they automatically lose their Uber / Lyft license to drive?

Not necessarily…
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Over 51 million Americans are going to travel over 50 miles from home this Thanksgiving. A record high…according to the American Automobile Association.

So what does this mean for Connecticut drivers? More DUI / DWI sobriety checkpoints set up by State Troopers and Stamford & Greenwich Connecticut Police.

What happens during these checkpoint stops? And how do you fight a DUI / DWI checkpoint arrest? Here are 3 things to know right now…

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Maybe it’s the Harvey Weinstein case and the resulting outrage. Or maybe it’s the recent surge of sex assault and sexual harassment cases on college and high school campuses and off-campus parties.

Whatever the cause, there’s something happening in Connecticut high schools…and I’ve seen it firsthand…

They are getting their Title IX act together.

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Fighting breach of peace charges just got easier in Connecticut.

Talk to any of the best criminal defense lawyers attorneys in Greenwich, Stamford or Darien Connecticut, and they will likely agree that the Connecticut crime of Breach of Peace Second Degree under C.G.S. 53a-181 is a vague crime which can actually get you arrested in Connecticut for using abusive or obscene language.

But is a foul mouth all it takes to get locked up?

Yes..that is, until our Supreme Court got involved this Summer.

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Connecticut restraining orders and protective orders issued in connection with a Connecticut domestic violence arrest can turn your life upside down. That’s why many of best Stamford, Norwalk and Greenwich Connecticut criminal lawyers and attorneys will get asked the same question:

How do I get rid of a Connecticut full no contact protective restraining order that doesn’t let me have any contact with my wife / husband, or children?

Modifying or terminating a full no contact protective restraining order is technical and requires following many courthouse rules and procedures. So make sure you hire a top Connecticut domestic violence criminal lawyer to help you modify or try to get rid of a heavy-handed Connecticut protective order.

For starters, here are two things you need to do if you want to modify a Connecticut full no contact criminal protective order…

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Recent high profile arrests at UConn have led UConn police and prosecutors to enforce a zero tolerance policy against UConn underage drinking, UConn Fake IDs, drug crimes and sex assault accusations.

While UConn police may be well-intentioned in dialing up enforcement, the best UConn criminal lawyers and attorneys agree that the consequences of arresting UConn students for crimes like Fake ID possession, Forgery, Underage Drinking and Marijuana Possession undermines the message they are trying to communicate.

These mistakes should be teaching moments, not career-jeopardizing, criminal court cases. So if your child has been arrested at UConn Storrs and has court in Rockville Superior Court, here’s how to fight these UConn arrests for a dismissal and expungement…

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Utah police got it completely wrong this summer when they arrested a nurse for refusing to allow Utah police to draw blood from an unconscious truck driver involved in a car wreck.

After a quick investigation, the charges were dropped, the arresting officer was fired, and his supervisor demoted.

The nurse’s knowledge of the law and courage were remarkable, yet not every health care professional is willing to stand up to police like this.

That’s why it’s critical that you understand your rights at any Connecticut hospital, regardless of whether you’ve been arrested in Stamford or Greenwich hospital for DUI / DWI, or are being investigated for DUI / DWI.
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Connecticut lawmakers are finally catching up with teenagers and technology.

Last week, a new Connecticut law went into effect that at long last protects and provides legal relief for Connecticut teenagers experimenting with “sexting” (that’s when teenagers consensually swap naked photos of each other with their cell phones).   The new law finally distinguishes teenage sexting from traditional child pornographers and child predatory crimes.

Under the new law, sexting between certain minors is no longer a felony crime that can be transferred to adult court and carries years of mandatory jail time. Now it’s a Class A misdemeanor for juveniles under 18.

Yes, it’s still a crime, and still serious, but no longer carries the devastating career-killing, life-changing consequences that engaging in this conduct threatened our teenagers with before this new law was enacted.

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