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Man held on $2 million bond in alleged homicide

The circumstances surrounding a criminal arrest in Connecticut can vary greatly. When people find themselves facing serious charges such as those for murder or homicide, it can be very important to understand not only the potential penalties associated with the charge but what may have led prosecutors to make such a charge.

One man today is in such a situation after he was placed under arrest and charged with homicide in the death of a woman who he was said to be in a romantic relationship with. While waiting for a court appointment the man was being kept in custody and his bond was set at $2 million.

Man arrested for drunk driving

When a driver in Connecticut is stopped by officers and suspected to be under the influence of alcohol, there are certain procedures that may be followed before the person may be placed under arrest. These may involve the administration of standardized field sobriety tests that are approved for use by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

One man who was recently arrested in Plainville was apparently asked to perform some tasks but, according to reports, the things he was asked to do were not part of the three standardized field sobriety tests. It is not known if those tests were also administered or not. Regardless of this, the man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. One of the things the defendant was asked to do was to count aloud starting at 67 and ending at 55. Another thing officers requested was for him to say the alphabet starting partway through.

Factors that can impact Breathalyzer accuracy

If a law enforcement official pulls you over on suspicion of drunk driving in Connecticut, you will likely be asked to submit to a breath test using a device called a Breathalyzer. Though broadly used, Breathalyzers are not immune to error, and there are numerous factors that can impact their accuracy. Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, has a comprehensive understanding of the outside factors that can make your breath test produce an inaccurate reading, and he has considerable experience in helping Connecticut clients facing drunk driving charges.

The penalties associated drinking and driving are severe, which highlights just how important an accurate Breathalyzer reading truly is. Among the things that can lead the device to produce a false reading is electronic interference. Alcohol Alert reports that electronic interference can come from a number of different sources, among them cellphone towers and police radios, and it can cause falsely elevated Breathalyzer readings that can land you in serious hot water.

Officer suspended with pay after arrest

The thought of being arrested and charged with even one crime let alone multiple criminal offenses can certainly make Connecticut residents concerned. For many people, such a situation may well interfere with their ability to work and earn a living both immediately and in the future if they end up with a criminal conviction on their record. For some, the ability to maintain privacy and avoid an employer knowing about a problem may be possible. For others, this may not be possible.

For one man who is a police officer, his arrest nearly a year ago was not able to be hid from the department for which he worked. However, instead of losing his job, he was able to receive a suspension but one that allowed him to continue to draw his salary. It is not known if the suspension with pay also meant he could maintain any benefits during the suspension period. The man was arrested after being charged with driving under the influence, assault, threatening and a few other offenses as well.

Are drug courts effective?

If you are facing drug-related criminal charges in Connecticut, you may, depending on the specifics of your situation, receive an offer to enter a drug court program as an alternative to having to serve time behind bars. While they are not available in all areas, drug courts may not only keep you out of jail, but also help give you the tools you need to kick your drug addiction once and for all.

How? For starters, drug court participants are, according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, more likely than those outside of the program to get off drugs, and stay off them. In fact, without the accountability that drug courts require (such programs typically involve regular drug testing and appearances before a judge) about 70 percent of drug addicts ditch treatment before they are fit to do so.

Leftover opioids contribute to misuse of drugs

It is not uncommon for a Connecticut resident to receive a prescription for pain medication from a doctor or a dentist. Whether a major surgery to remove a tumor or a root canal, many procedures leave people in need of pain relief. Other conditions find patients struggling with chronic pain that must be managed. In recent years, a growing reliance on opioid medications originally designed to manage pain has allegedly led to another problem - drug addiction.

In a recent edition of the Annals of Internal Medicine, findings from a National Survey on Drug Use and Health were published. These results stated that nearly two million people identify themselves as being addicted to opioids. Another 11.5 million people are estimated to have incorrectly or illegally used opioid drugs. By this, the survey means that people either took the drugs with the intention of getting high, took more of a drug than was prescribed to them or took the drugs without having a valid prescription.

Truck driver arrested for impaired operation

In Connecticut as in other states, a person who is charged with a drunk driving offense while operating a semi truck or other commercial vehicle may face serious penalties. These may include penalties similar to those for drivers operating regular passenger vehicles not for work purposes but may also end up involving other things as well.

One man who is 48 years old and was the commercial driver of a dump truck is learning this firsthand these days. In mid July, reports indicate that the man was arrested and charged with two offenses related to an alleged drunk driving incident while he was operating the dump truck. In addition to a charge for operating a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence, the driver has been charged with failing to stay to the right on a curve.

Terry stops and drug charges

Someone is arrested on drug charges every 20 seconds in the United States. Many times, both in Connecticut and elsewhere, their civil liberties are violated due to illegal stops and/or illegal searches and seizures. Often this happens as the result of an improper Terry stop.

The Legal Information Institute explains that a Terry stop is another name for a stop and frisk by a police officer who has reasonable suspicion to believe that the person is armed or engaged, or about to be, in criminal activity. It is called a Terry stop because this power was granted to police officers by means of Terry v. Ohio, the landmark 1968 U.S. Supreme Court decision. Terry stops are seizures under the Fourth Amendment.

Understanding a protective order

If you have recently had a protective or restraining order placed against you in Connecticut, you may be confused about what rights you have and what actions could be punishable by the law. We at The Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso can help you understand the charges that are being placed against you and can ensure that you are fairly treated in a legal case.

 

How widespread is drug trafficking in the U.S.?

If you have been or someone you know has been arrested for and charged with the illegal sale or distribution of a narcotic drug in Connecticut, it may be helpful for you to know that you are far from alone. According to DrugAbuse.net, at least 30,000 people annually are arrested for the distribution or sale of narcotics around the nation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations puts a lot of emphasis on activity connected to Mexico as a primary source for many of the drugs that make their way into the United States. With more than 4,400 DEA investigators focused full-time on seeking out people believed to be involved in narcotic distribution or selling, it is no wonder that so many people face these serious crimes. it is also important to remember than an arrest or allegation is not proof of guilt and does not negate a person's right to defend themselves.

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