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Detailing the types of expungement in Connecticut

A common school of thought in Stamford may be that having a criminal record is akin to a modern-day scarlet letter. Those who have an arrest or conviction in their backgrounds may have difficulty securing a job or finding adequate housing. Anyone who believes the number of people with such a history to be relatively small may be in for a surprise: According to information shared by The Sentencing Project, between 70 and 100 million Americans may have some form of a criminal record.

However, those who have been arrested or convicted in their pasts may not need to carry the social stigma that accompanies such incidents around with them forever. In certain situations, they may be able to have their records expunged. The Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles refers to the process encompassing expungement as a pardon. The state offers three such options:

  •          Absolute Pardons: A person’s criminal record is completely erased.
  •          Conditional Pardons: A person’s criminal record is erased provided he or she fulfills certain conditions set forth by the state’s Pardons Board.
  •          Certificates of Employability: A person’s criminal record remains, yet he or she cannot be denied employment based upon the presence of such a record alone. He or she may also seek certain licenses and certifications.

DUI awareness in Connecticut over the holidays

Most Connecticut residents eagerly look forward to the holiday season. Extra time off from work or school and more time with friends and family are common joys for many people at this time of year. It is common for alcohol to be served at holiday celebrations and despite this being a social norm and widely accepted, it is interesting how many people can be chastized for then driving home after so doing when so many others do the same thing.

According to BACtrack, a manufacturer of breath alcohol content detection systems, the number of people arrested for and charged with impaired driving offenses generally increases over the holidays. Especially between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, drivers may expect to have a higher-than-average chance of being arrested for DUI crimes. This should give people reason to think twice before getting behind the wheel after drinking over the holidays.

Murder charges filed but potential motive unknown

Connecticut residents who may be arrested and charged with serious crimes know that they can face an uphill battle at least in the eyes of the public. Media sources can make life difficult for defendants as often times reports contain only spotty details that can cast a very negative light on them even though the truth of a situation may be very different than the picture painted in such reports.

 

What is family violence in Connecticut?

If you as a Connecticut resident have been accused of domestic violence by a partner, spouse or other family member, you may feel very uncertain about what this really means for you. Will you be arrested? Are the accusations related to something that the law actually considers to be domestic violence? These are just some of the questions you might have.

According to the Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Library, the state reference to what many call domestic violence as family violence. Contrary to what some may think, verbal arguments may not be sufficient for a criminal charge of a family violence offense. If, however, verbal abuse or arguments are accompanied by a real possibility that physical harm or violence will ensue. In addition to actual physical injury or harm, the threat of injury to another may be classified as family violence. So too can stalking another person.

Prison plus probation for teacher in sex crime

Connecticut residents who have ever been accused of a sex crime know that this can be a very scary thing. When such an allegation involves a minor, the potential to experience consequences that last a lifetime exists. This can happen to people in all types of situations, including people who are very responsible.

Such seems to be the case for one special education teacher in a Connecticut school system today. She is accused of having carried on a relationship of a sexual nature for two years with a 12-year-old boy. She has actually been convicted of a second degree sexual assault charge as well as risk of injury to a child. The woman was sentenced to a suspended sentence lasting 10 years and serving two in actual prison. After that, she will be on probation for a total of 10 years.

Man with prior felony arrested for OUI and weapon offenses

People who live and drive in Connecticut know that they can be pulled over by officers for a variety of reasons while they are operating vehicles. A person can be stopped for exceeding the speed limit, for driving on the wrong side of the road, for failing to stop fully at a stop sign or even for having a headlight out. What is also important to remember is that once a person is stopped, officers may have the ability to pursue other potential offenses.

That is precisely what happened to one Connecticut man along a stretch of Merritt Parkway in Westport. Originally stopped by officers for supposedly driving in a manner reports deemed as erratic, the man was subsequently arrested for a myriad of offenses. The ultimate list of charges numbered approximately 11 with many of those being related to a handgun that was found in the vehicle. The weapons charges included possession of a firearm by a felon and carrying a firearm while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Morphine and quinine involved in drug arrest

Connecticut residents who have been arrested and charged with drug crimes know that the law can feel very heavy at these times. While difficult, it is important to remember that not every arrest leads to a conviction and the judicial process allows every defendant the chance to prove innocence. A man from Newington today needs to keep that in his mind.

The man, a small business owner, has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to illegally obtain a prescription medication as well as actually illegally obtaining the drug. The reports indicate that quinine and morphine are alleged to be involved in this arrest.

Five counts of first degree murder in DUI case

Connecticut residents can face some tough penalties if they are convicted of drunk driving. From fines to the loss of driving privileges to fines, the impact can be great. Being required to use an ignition interlock device may also result. There is also the potential of having a criminal record. When a person charged with drunk driving is also accused of being involved in a serious accident, the consequences can get even more dire.

Such is the case for one man in Vermont today. On a Saturday night along a stretch of Interstate 89, the 36-year-old defendant is accused of having been driving on the wrong side of the road and running into a vehicle carrying five high school students. He is then alleged to have gotten into a police car and kept driving, hitting another seven vehicles along the way. It is not known if the other crashes happened on the freeway or on other roadways.

Connecticut hard on suspected drunk drivers

Residents in Connecticut know that that having a drink or two and then driving home is a commonly accepted social practice among most groups. However, despite this, there remains strong negative stereotypes among the public about people who are arrested for suspected drunk driving. This discrepancy can be hard for some to reconcile given how many people actually drive after drinking.

Nonetheless, the arrest numbers for people facing DUI charges in Connecticut point to a steady crackdown on this behavior. In 2015, more than 10,400 people were arrested for potential DUIs in Connecticut. Of those, more than 3,300 were convicted of charges and over 140 people lost their right to drive for some period of time. Of the statewide arrests that year, 175 took place in Norwalk. That number was only slightly down from the prior two years. In 2013, there were 182 Norwalk arrests and in 2014 there were 184. With three months left in 2016, there have been 143 DUI arrests thus far.

Handling online credit card fraud charges

From the use of a skimmer at an ATM to taking sensitive information from an individual's trash or using a lost card, there are many ways that credit card fraud takes place. However, an increasing number of people have found themselves in hot water after being accused of online credit card fraud, such as a phishing scheme which tricks cardholders into revealing their credit card information. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso, we are aware of the many ways these charges turn lives upside down for people in Stamford, and neighborhoods throughout Connecticut.

When it comes to credit card fraud, the nature of online fraud can be quite different. However, the charges are just as serious and may result in you receiving a prison sentence or stiff fine that throws your life into turmoil. Because of the nature of credit card fraud allegations, handling your case properly is essential. By taking the smartest approach, you could secure a much better outcome. If you have been wrongfully accused of credit card fraud, you need to ensure that your side of the story is heard and that the truth is revealed in the courtroom.

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