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Connecticut man accused of assaulting patients

When it comes to sexual assault, domestic assault and other types of assault charges, there are many elements to consider. For people accused of these offenses in Stamford, and the entire state of Connecticut, prison time and a lasting stigma often destroys futures. As a result, carefully assessing all legal options on the table is of the essence for anyone accused of assault.

Earlier in July, a Connecticut man was taken into custody and accused of sexual assault. The 53-year-old was charged with being an unlicensed massage therapist and is also facing fourth-degree sexual assault charges over incidents that reportedly took place while he was giving massages. Authorities are still investigating the case and have asked anyone with similar experiences to reach out to them.

Connecticut man facing domestic violence allegations

When some people think of domestic violence charges, they picture violence or a significant fight. However, it is important to keep in mind that even relatively minor disputes can lead to domestic violence allegations that utterly destroy an individual's life. In Stamford, and other communities in Connecticut, some may be surprised to find themselves in the middle of a domestic violence case. Sometimes, details are exaggerated, or they may be entirely false. For example, someone who is bitter about something unrelated to an alleged domestic incident may decide to falsely accuse another individual of hurting or threatening them.

A city councilman from Connecticut was recently apprehended over an alleged domestic dispute. Officials responded to his home after receiving complaints about an argument and reportedly found the councilman and his wife arguing. Authorities say the councilman was intoxicated when they arrived.

The long-term impact of underage DUI charges

When it comes to underage drunk driving charges, there are all sorts of issues that you may want to consider if you are under the legal drinking age or are the parent of a driver who was charged with underage DUI. At the Stamford, Connecticut law firm of Joseph J. Colarusso, we know all too well how devastating underage DUI charges can be. Aside from possible time behind bars and harsh fines, these charges could lead to other consequences that may have a long-term impact on a young person.

If you are a driver under the age of 21 and are accused of operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, your driver's license could be suspended, preventing you from driving to work or school. Furthermore, these charges could be put on your record and follow you around for many years to come. For example, underage drinking and driving charges could haunt you and have a negative impact on current or future employment as well as college applications. Unfortunately, many young Americans have hurt their chances of success due to a one-time decision.

How are ignition interlock devices enforced?

In a recent post on this blog, an overview of Connecticut's ignition interlock device program was provided. If you are facing drunk driving charges or have already been required to use an ignition interlock device, you may have all sorts of questions related to the program, such as how these devices and ignition interlock laws are enforced. In Stamford, and cities all around the state, it is crucial to familiarize yourself with the law and avoid legal problems related to ignition interlock devices.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, ignition interlocks are enforced through each device's internal memory, which is read every 30 days when devices are calibrated by the approved installer. Each reading produces a report which the DMV is able to analyze, containing data on any tampering with the device and driving activity.

Drug task force searches Connecticut home

When authorities raid a home over drugs, a number of issues may arise. Sometimes, people may find themselves accused of a drug crime that they did not commit in the first place. Additionally, details related to the search of their home may be inaccurate. In Stamford, Connecticut, and throughout the nation, people who are charged with an offense related to drugs often face significant consequences that completely change their life. For example, those charged with drug crimes may go to prison for a number of years, be required to pay hefty fines or have a stigma that will follow them around for the rest of their life due to their criminal record.

A drug task force recently searched a home in Connecticut. According to law enforcement officials, authorities discovered weapons, heroin and several hundred dollars worth of cash in the home during their search.

Bodily injury and other domestic violence accusations

If your spouse or partner accuses you of domestic violence, your life may never be the same. If they claim that you injured them or assaulted them, you may face a number of penalties, such as prison time and having a restraining order taken out against you. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso, we are very familiar with the multitude of ways that domestic violence accusations turn the lives of those accused upside down in Stamford, and everywhere else in the state of Connecticut.

Unfortunately, you may be accused of domestic violence and face serious consequences even if you are innocent. For some of those who have been falsely accused, their reputation has suffered permanent damage and they find themselves unable to have the quality of life that they enjoyed prior to the allegations. For example, they could lose their job, be unable to spend time with their loved ones or experience other problems due to the stigma that is associated with domestic violence.

What are ignition interlock devices?

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, ignition interlock devices analyze the level of alcohol on an individual's breath. Also known as ignition interlock systems, these devices prevent people from operating a vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol. If you are charged with drunk driving in Stamford, or any other city across the state of Connecticut, you could be required to drive vehicles which have these devices installed.

If you find yourself facing allegations of driving under the influence, you could find yourself in an ignition interlock program, which limits your driving privileges. In fact, those who are required to participate in the program are not allowed to operate any motor vehicle that does not have an approved ignition interlock system installed in it.

Connecticut man facing drug charges after traffic incident

For people from all walks of life, drug charges may mean the end of life as they know it. Between prison time, stiff financial penalties and the stigma that surrounds drug-related offenses, moving forward can be very challenging for those who are charged with a drug crime in Stamford, and other cities across the entire state of Connecticut. When people find themselves in this position firsthand, imminently exploring their options is vital. By approaching their case properly, they may be able to benefit from an outcome that is less harsh.

A 21-year-old man from Connecticut is facing a number of drug charges after authorities claim they discovered drugs in his vehicle following a traffic incident. Law enforceent oficials say the man, who posted bail and was later released, was driving with over two pounds of marijuana, scales, drug paraphernilia and a significant amount of cash.

Actor accused of domestic violence

When someone is charged with domestic violence, they often feel overwhelmed and worry about how the allegations will affect them. Unfortunately, for some people in Stamford, and other parts of Connecticut, false domestic violence allegations have utterly destroyed their lives. There are many reasons why some people falsely accuse others of domestic violence, whether they want to shatter their reputation, get revenge or profit from the accusations. Even in cases where an individual is guilty of domestic violence, certain details surrounding the situation may be exaggerated and those accused face particularly harsh consequences.

Actress Amber Heard, who recently filed for a divorce from actor Johnny Depp, accused Depp of abusing her. As a result, a restraining order was placed against the actor, who has been accused of both physical and verbal abuse over the course of his marriage to Heard.

Examining the penalties associated with hacking

According to the United States Department of Justice, hacking charges can carry serious consequences for those accused, including prison time and stiff fines. There are a number of factors that have an impact on the penalties associated with hacking, such as whether an individual is charged with hacking into a home computer or a computer that belongs to the federal government. In Stamford, and other cities across Connecticut, those charged with hacking should carefully review their options.

On top of federal laws against hacking, this offense is also punished on the state level. The Connecticut General Assembly provides an overview of the different penalties for hacking, which vary depending on the details surrounding a case. In Connecticut, hacking is punished under the state's statutes for computer crimes. For example, hacking cases which involve under $500 in damage are considered Class B misdemeanors, which carry as much as $1,000 in fines along with a six month prison sentence.

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