Last week’s press release from Connecticut’s prestigious boarding school Choate Rosemary Hall revealed that sex abuse allegations can trigger a police investigation and can lead to criminal arrests and civil lawsuits, even 30 years later.
A lot of Connecticut drivers don’t know this, but you can get arrested in Stamford or Greenwich Connecticut for driving while on prescription medication and drugs.
Even if a doctor told you it’s okay to drive while on the medication.
Sound fair? Not really. And not to many of the best Greenwich and Stamford DUI / DWI criminal lawyers who have been fighting this issue in the Stamford criminal courts over the past decade.
About a year ago, Connecticut lawmakers enacted a new Risk of Injury / Child Endangerment law requiring Connecticut mandated reporters (teachers, coaches, therapists) to report any suspicions of child abuse or neglect to DCF within 24 hours. If they didn’t, they could be arrested in Stamford or Greenwich Connecticut for Risk of Injury to a Minor / CGS 53-21 for failing to call DCF.
As a result, there has been a surge of DCF investigations in Stamford and Greenwich Connecticut, many of which are unnecessary, intrusive and triggered more as a result of Greenwich and Stamford schools and teachers going into “CYA” mode rather than having a genuine concern for a child’s safety.
What’s worse is that after the teachers and schools make the call to DCF, their lives go on business-as-usual. But as the top DCF investigation lawyers in Stamford and Greenwich Connecticut know all too well, the detrimental impact these DCF investigations can have on a target family can drag on for months while DCF deep dives into their private and professional lives.
Here’s how you can short-circuit these investigations and keep DCF out of your lives…
Getting accused or investigated for rape / sex assault in Stamford or Greenwich Connecticut can wreak havoc on your personal and professional lives. As any of the best Greenwich and Stamford criminal lawyer and attorneys know, Stamford and Greenwich sex crimes detectives work in a specialized unit called the “Special Victims Unit” or “SVU.” And anytime a rape accusation is called into the police, these Stamford and Greenwich SVU detectives launch into investigation protocols that include interrogating the suspect, taking a rape trauma kit from the accuser, and pressuring the suspect to give a DNA sample.
So, how can you protect yourself if you’ve been falsely accused of rape in Stamford or Greenwich Connecticut?
For starters, here are 3 things you should know right now…
Whether you’re a Connecticut resident who has been arrested on I-95 or the Merritt Parkway, or you live out of state and were arrested on I-95 in Connecticut for DUI / DWI, Reckless Driving or Evading Responsibility, then you will need to understand the criminal court process. And perhaps the most concerning consequences of a Connecticut I-95 arrest are (1) that you will have to report to the courthouse closest to the arrest (not closest to where you live), and (2) that with most I-95 Connecticut arrests, your drivers license privileges are at risk of being suspended.
As a criminal lawyer in Fairfield County Connecticut, I’ve seen the same jilted mistress / girlfriend movie all too many times.
All these cheating and sugar daddy websites like Seekingarrangement.com and ashleymadison.co start off the same…a presumed “no strings attached” affair between an older, wealthier male and a younger, beautiful woman. At the outset, the terms are simple: man cheats with woman in exchange for him buying her and her friends nice stuff. They travel the world, stay at the best hotels, see the best shows, and enjoy the best restaurants and clubs.
And then…most of the time…it all goes to sh*t.
This has probably happened to me 3 times in my 18-year career. A Connecticut teenager or college student client of mine is arrested in Darien, Wilton, or Greenwich Connecticut for either a drug, alcohol or sexual assault-related crime. As part of their case, I meet with the prosecutor and argue emphatically that these are good kids—hard-working students—who don’t get into trouble and hang around in a good crowd.
And then the prosecutor reaches into her file and pulls out a printout of my clients’ Facebook or Instagram pages and shows me outrageous photos. All from dates AFTER their arrests. The photos speak for themselves: kids crushing beer cans on their heads, someone guzzling beer through a funnel (doing a handstand no less!), and another kid looking very drunk with two girls around his arms.
Are the photos illegal? No. But they make terrible impressions and completely undermine the work of the criminal defense attorney trying to get your child’s arrest dismissed.
So here are 3 things parents need to know right now if your high school or college student has been arrested in New Canaan, Darien, Greenwich or Wilton Connecticut.
As I sat in a Connecticut courtroom on Friday, the judge came out and issued the usual advisements: every defendant had the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, the right to a jury trial, and the right to be treated with respect.
A few minutes later, however, an additional and unusual advisement was issued from His Honor’s bench. And it wasn’t the first time I’ve heard this particular advisement in a Norwalk, Stamford or Bridgeport Connecticut criminal courtroom. It was the UNDERWEAR ADVISEMENT—that defendants did NOT have the right to appear before the court with their underwear sticking out. That they had to pull up their pants—in front and in back—and that if the judge saw anyone’s underwear sticking out, they would be held in contempt of court.
Has it come really come to this? An underwear advisement?
Of course it has, and here’s why…
With nearly 2500 students and a robust social scene that includes fraternity and sorority parties (18% of students participate in Greek life), it’s no surprise that Trinity College is cracking down on student drinking and marijuana use, as well as aggressively investigating rape and sexual misconduct allegations through Trinity College disciplinary and Title IX rules and regulations when required.
So if you or your child has been arrested at Trinity College, it’s critical that you consult with a top Trinity or Hartford Connecticut criminal lawyer attorney who has experience in fighting both the arrest in Hartford criminal court, as well as the Trinity College school disciplinary proceedings which will inevitably ensue as a result of the arrest.
Ask any of the best Connecticut criminal lawyers and attorneys: arrests on Connecticut college campuses like UConn, Yale, Fairfield University and Quinnipiac for sexual misconduct and drug use are more rampant than ever.
It’s an epidemic, and the problem is that college-bound students—especially male students—have no idea how to protect themselves.
So for starters, here are 3 tips to embed into your Connecticut college-bound students that will hopefully keep them safe and prevent them from being arrested at UConn, Fairfield University, Quinnipiac or any other Connecticut college or university…