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An overview of online crimes

In the digital age, many people have found themselves in hot water after being accused of committing an online crime. Whether you live in Stamford, or anywhere else in the state of Connecticut, it is important to understand some of the different cyber crime charges people face and the potentially serious consequences of these allegations. The Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso knows all too well how devastating these accusations can be, even in cases where those accused of an online crime are innocent.

From crimes that are sexual in nature to those involving theft, online crimes take many forms. For example, it is against the law to steal another person's credit card or identity online. Other types of internet crimes include solicitation, the distribution of illegal pornographic material and unlawfully selling prescription drugs over the internet.

Connecticut authorities arrest woman over alleged drug crimes

From drug manufacturing to possession, when someone is facing drug charges they may feel very overwhelmed. After all, these charges can have a wide-reaching impact on people in Stamford, and across the state of Connecticut. On top of prison time and costly fines, being charged with a drug crime can also damage an individual's reputation, cause them to lose their job and create difficulties for their family members as well.

A woman from Norwalk was recently arrested over alleged drug-related offenses. Authorities say they also arrested the woman's boyfriend and one of his connections earlier in the month after a search reportedly uncovered heroin. Law enforcement officials accuse the woman of maintaining the drug-related activity during her boyfriend's imprisonment.

How much time could I face for first degree assault?

If you have been accused of assault, it is important to familiarize yourself with the potential penalties you may face. In addition to fines, you could face a lengthy prison sentence, depending on the details of your case. In Stamford, and across Connecticut, assault charges can have a significant impact on the lives of those who are accused, even if they were innocent or the details of what took place were exaggerated or misconstrued.

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, people charged with assault in the first degree face at least two to 40 years behind bars (and up to 60 years in prison if they have two previous convictions). If the victim was a child less than 10 years old, there is a 20-year minimum sentence (30 years if you have two past convictions on their record). Furthermore, if a weapon that could inflict significant physical harm was involved, the minimum sentence is 10 years (15 years if you have already been convicted twice).

Couple apprehended over identity theft

From prison time to stiff fines, identity theft charges often turn the lives of those accused upside down. Furthermore, when accusations of identity theft follow an individual around on his or her criminal record, they may experience other dilemmas, such as having trouble finding a new job. In Stamford, and across the rest of Connecticut, people who are facing these accusations should make sure they carefully handle the situation.

Authorities took a Florida couple into custody over allegations of identity theft. When conducting a search, law enforcement officials say they found numerous phones, blank cards, a device that encoded credit cards and other items. The couple's bond has been set at $500,000 (or $200,000 cash).

Connecticut driver posts bond after drunk driving crash

Those charged with drunk driving frequently face an uphill battle. In addition to the numerous consequences associated with DUI charges, such as prison time and stiff fines, friends and family members may disassociate themselves from an individual who is facing these charges. In Stamford, and across the entire state of Connecticut, drunk driving charges may also cause those who are accused to lose their jobs and suffer permanent damage to their career and reputation that they will never be able to recover from. To make matters worse, some people are falsely accused of driving while intoxicated or the details surrounding their case are exaggerated.

A 26-year-old Connecticut man was released from jail after he posted $15,000 bond. The man is accused of driving while under the influence of alcohol and causing a deadly car crash in 2015. Following the accident, officials claim that the man's BAC level was .19.

Reviewing the Family Violence Education Program

From prison time to financial penalties, the consequences of domestic violence accusations can virtually destroy an individual's life. In Stamford, and other cities across the state of Connecticut, it is critical for people who are facing domestic violence allegations to thoroughly review and understand all of their options. For example, some defendants benefit from the Family Violence Education Program.

Defendants who finish the Family Violence Education Program and satisfy all conditions established by the court can have family violence charges dismissed, according to the Connecticut Judicial Branch. However, defendants need to apply beforehand and courts must approve the applications. FVEP classes take place throughout Connecticut and consist of nine educational meetings which are aimed at preventing family violence. Each meeting is 90 minutes long and these classes allow defendants who have been accused of family violence to avoid trial.

Looking at the penalties for possession of marijuana

In 2011, a bill was passed in Connecticut that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of marijuana. At the law office of Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, we understand that this does not mean you will not face penalties if you are found with marijuana. In this post, we will discuss the consequences you could face for marijuana possession in the state of Connecticut.

Marijuana is considered an illegal substance in Connecticut, and at the federal level. However, if you are found in possession of less than one half of an ounce, it is a civil penalty, not a criminal infraction. State law specifies that for a first time offense, you will be fined a maximum of $150. If you have previously been convicted of possessing less than one half of an ounce of marijuana, you will be subject to a fine of between $200 and $500. For a third offense, state law specifies that you must complete a drug education course.

Looking at the penalties for identity theft

In the internet age, people are charged with a variety of online crimes, from cyber bullying to copyright violations. However, identity theft charges have become increasingly common in Connecticut and across the nation. As a result, it is important for those facing identity theft charges to understand the possible penalties of a conviction and closely examine all of their options. Sometimes, the anonymity provided by modern technology leads to false allegations and wrongful convictions. Unfortunately, those charged with identity theft may face serious consequences such as prison time, a damaged reputation and costly fines.

According to the United States Sentencing Commission, identity theft cases account for a small portion of federal crime cases. However, the number of people charged with this offense has increased significantly in recent years. In 2006, only .02 percent of the federal prison population was convicted of aggravated identity theft, compared to .09 percent in 2010.

Understanding how alcohol can affect driving ability

When a driver is pulled over for being intoxicated, their life may change in multiple ways. In addition to prison time and fines, it is also believed that drunk driving crashes cost over $37 billion each year. When people drink and drive in Stamford, and across Connecticut, their behavior may attract the attention of an officer. If they are apprehended, their life may never return to normal, which highlights the importance of raising awareness and understanding how alcohol affects an individual's ability to drive.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlined the dangerous effects of alcohol when it comes to operating a motor vehicle. In fact, drinking may affect someone's ability to drive safely even after they have only consumed a relatively small amount of alcohol. After consuming roughly two drinks, some people will feel relaxed and lose judgment. Furthermore, their visual ability may decline and they may experience difficulty performing two tasks at once.

What happens if I'm arrested for driving under the influence?

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is considered a criminal offense, according to the State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. Upon your arrest, law enforcement will have your car towed to an impound, as you will not be allowed to drive it. You will be taken to the local station, officers will read you your rights and you will be placed in a cell until you are able to see the judge. If you have refused to take a chemical test, then officers could obtain a warrant. If this occurs, you might be brought to a local hospital first for a blood test before you are transported to the jail.

While you are waiting in the cell, the authorities will determine the types of charges that will be filed against you and the administrative action. If your BAC level is .08 or higher, you are considered legally intoxicated (.02 or greater if you are under the age of 21). However, even if authorities do not gather direct evidence of your blood alcohol concentration level, you can still be prosecuted.

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