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The lifelong consequences of a felony in Connecticut

Connecticut has strict penalties for people who have been convicted of a felony. Any felony charge in the state will bring with it the possibility of prison time of more than a year in addition to significant fines. However, there are other consequences that can be severe and even lifelong.

According to a report from the Connecticut General Assembly, there are several privileges that a convicted felon no longer has, including the following: 

  •        A felon is not permitted to own firearms
  •        A felon is not able to hold public office.
  •        A felon may not vote.

Common defenses to domestic violence charges

When you are accused of domestic violence, you should know that the penalties you are facing can be severe. At Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, we know how Connecticut prosecutes the accused and treats people convicted of such crimes. There are some common defenses you could employ to help preserve your record and your freedom.

What are Connecticut’s marijuana laws?

As more and more states are legalizing both medicinal and recreational marijuana, it is imperative that Connecticut residents know where the state stands. The use of medical marijuana is legal, according to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, for qualifying patients.

Under the state’s laws, people who have glaucoma, epilepsy, cancer, Parkinson’s disease or any other medical condition will not be subject to arrest for using medical marijuana as long as they have registered with the DCP. The law also specifies the following when it comes to using cannabis medicinally:

  •        A physician must put in writing that the patient should use the substance.
  •        Patients and their primary caregivers may not possess a combined amount of more than one month’s supply of medical marijuana.
  •        Protection from arrest does not extend to people using it – even medicinally – while operating a vehicle, at work, in public or on school grounds.

What is considered a violent crime in Connecticut?

While both violent and non-violent crimes can have serious consequences, though the penalties associated with the former are often more severe. If you have been charged with a crime, you should understand how Connecticut categorizes it and what repercussions you could face.

According to the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, the following are considered crimes of violence:

  •        Kidnapping
  •        Murder and manslaughter
  •        Assault in the first or second degree and sexual assault
  •        Robbery and burglary
  •        Larceny
  •        Riot in the first degree

Connecticut authorities arrest two over drugs

When someone is charged with distribution of drugs, drug manufacturing or drug possession, they may be unsure of how to deal with the situation. After all, drug charges can present serious consequences and some suspects may be unsure of their rights or how to approach the legal system. As a result, those who have been charged with a drug crime in Stamford or any other Connecticut city should carefully assess the details of their circumstances and make sure they understand their legal options.

Law enforcement officials recently took two Connecticut men into custody in Danbury after allegedly finding crack cocaine while searching the men and their vehicles. According to police, investigators had singled out one of the men as an alleged drug dealer when they reportedly found another man selling drugs nearby.

Understanding how alcohol affects older Americans

In Connecticut, the legal blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 for most drivers. At Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, we know that alcohol will affect people differently based on a variety of factors, including age. As scientific data and studies support, older Americans are prone to feeling the effects of drinking sooner than younger people will.

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services points out that as the body ages, it loses its ability to metabolize alcohol efficiently. Therefore, the substance remains in the body longer. At the same time, older bodies have less water. This phenomenon leads to a higher blood alcohol concentration.

Connecticut man charged with DUI

From felony DUI to underage drunk driving, there are all sorts of alcohol-related driving offenses that people are charged with. In Stamford, Connecticut, and throughout the nation, those who have been accused of driving while intoxicated often face very harsh penalties that could permanently alter the course of their life, such as prison time, costly fines and license suspension. Furthermore, when someone is charged with drunk driving, they may lose their job and suffer from a negative stigma. As a result, people dealing with this should closely explore their options.

Law enforcement officials in Connecticut claim that an officer who was recently patrolling the street early in the morning found a 44-year-old man from Danbury sleeping in his vehicle. The police report says that the officer noticed the driver was slumped over while the stop light was green. Authorities also said that the vehicle was running when the officer found the man at roughly 3:30 a.m.

Can your car be searched without a warrant?

If you are pulled over and a police officer asks to search your vehicle, you may think that you have no choice in the matter. Should you give in and allow the officer to look through your car and possessions? If you have nothing to hide, it couldn’t hurt and might get you on your way faster. However, many Stamford residents are not exactly certain of the laws surrounding search warrants and vehicles.

Vehicle search laws in Connecticut follow constitutional laws throughout most of the country, which protect citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. Even so, an officer may be able to look through your car without a search warrant if he or she has probable cause, states the Connecticut General Assembly. This means the officer needs to have a solid reason to suspect you have committed a crime or are about to break the law.

What is a parent/teen driving contract and how can it help?

It is every parent’s worst nightmare to find out something bad has happened to their child. This not only includes being arrested, but being hurt in an accident. According to USA Today, car accidents are the leading cause of preventable death for U.S. teenagers. If you’re like every caring parent in Stamford, you want to know if there are ways to prevent your teen from getting arrested or hurt after getting a driver’s license.

Millions of parents across the country are turning to an innovative, yet simple, tool that has the potential to reduce underage drunk driving, arrests and car accidents for young people. This is called a parent/teen agreement. The agreement is a contract that parents and teenagers sign before the teen gets the right to drive. Its potential is so promising that many insurance companies now offer incentives for families that sign a parent/teen contract.

Understanding how arrest warrants work

If you’ve been served an arrest warrant, you might have questions on the process and even wonder if the way you were served was legal. What is the actual process for serving arrest warrants in Stamford? At Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, we have an extensive knowledge in each step of the warrant and arrest process. We know that if certain procedures are not done correctly, your arrest might be faulty. We are prepared to examine the circumstances surrounding your arrest to be sure your rights have been upheld.

Authorities need to have probable cause before you’re charged with a crime, states Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute. This means that witnesses and others must have a good reason to believe you were the one responsible for the crime. It is not enough simply to make a vague statement matching your description that could also match anyone else in the area. The police officer obtaining a warrant must have either your name or a sufficient physical description, such as birthmarks, tattoos, hair color, facial hair and approximate height and weight.

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