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Alleged drunk driver sentenced to prison in Connecticut

When it comes to drunk driving crashes, there are many facets to consider. Sometimes, drivers are falsely accused of driving under the influence, while the details pertaining to other cases are exaggerated. For those accused of driving while intoxicated, the consequences can be damaging and life may be permanently changed. Not only do people in this position frequently face prison time and steep fines, but they may lose their right to drive and face other ramifications. For example, people charged with DUI may struggle to find a job in Stamford, or anywhere else in Connecticut.

A woman from Connecticut was recently sentenced to prison over a 2015 drunk driving accident. According to authorities, the woman was responsible for hitting a Department of Transportation employee while driving drunk. Officials say the woman claimed she only had one drink, although blood tests reportedly showed her blood alcohol level to be much higher. The woman will spend 33 months behind bars, with five years of probation afterward. She was also fined $500.

Taking a look at identity theft statutes

With modern technology, an increasing number of people have found themselves in hot water over accusations of online identity theft or other types of cyber offenses. If you live in Stamford, or anywhere else in the state of Connecticut, you should understand the laws and possible penalties of identity theft if you find yourself in this position. At Joseph J. Colarusso, our firm knows all too well how devastating these allegations can be for people throughout the country, and the significant impact it can have on their life.

In Connecticut, you may be charged with first degree identity theft (a Class B felony) if the total amount of property that was stolen is greater than $10,000, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. However, if the alleged victim is over the age of 60, you could face first degree identity theft charges if the amount of property that was reportedly taken is in excess of $5,000. Criminal impersonation, on the other hand, is considered a misdemeanor, while the trafficking of personal information is a Class D felony.

Factors that influence marijuana possession penalties

When it comes to the consequences for marijuana possession, there are a number of factors that may influence the penalties you face. If you live in Stamford, or any other part of Connecticut, it is important to familiarize yourself with the state's drug laws and understand how certain elements of a marijuana possession case could have a significant impact on your future. The Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso understands how confusing drug charges can be and the devastating impact they often have on the lives of the accused.

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, the location of where you are apprehended for marijuana possession (such as being near a school) can influence the penalties you face. If you are found with marijuana or any illegal substance while you are within a school zone, you may face much harsher penalties. Other factors include the quantity of marijuana you are found with and whether you have a criminal record with any previous offenses.

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.

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