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Connecticut woman charged with DUI

When a driver is charged with DUI, their life many change instantly. For example, they may have problems with family members and friends, or lose their job. As if the potential social ramifications of a DUI charge aren't difficult enough, a conviction may mean prison time and stiff fines. Furthermore, when someone is convicted of drunk driving in Stamford, Connecticut, their criminal record may have a negative impact on their job prospects and lead to other financial difficulties that will follow them around for many years to come.

Authorities say a 27-year-old woman was under the influence of alcohol when she struck a 29-year-old man who was walking. The accident, which occurred close to Bradley Street and Orange Street, happened at roughly 7:20 p.m. The pedestrian suffered serious injuries in the accident and was sent to the hospital.

Lending a hand to clients facing false allegations

If you have been accused of committing a crime, your life may have been transformed instantly. For example, you may be experiencing challenges with friends, family members or your employer due to the allegations. Unfortunately, some people's lives are turned upside down because of false allegations and lies and these wrongful accusations may have serious long-term consequences. At The Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso, we reach out to people who are going through this personally and help clients put their best foot forward. In Stamford, Connecticut, it is important for people who have been falsely accused of domestic assault, drug possession or any other crime to closely analyze their legal options and turn to a first-rate defense team they can count on.

When someone is wrongfully convicted of a crime that they never committed, the penalties can still be incredibly harsh. From a considerable amount of prison time to costly fines and permanent damage to an individual's reputation, life may never be the same for people who have experienced this. Because the consequences of a criminal conviction can be so significant, people who have been falsely accused of a crime involving traffic offenses, theft, drunk driving, drugs or any other type of charge need to take a close look at their case and make sure they have the best course of action identified.

Connecticut man apprehended over drugs

From drug trafficking to drug possession and drug manufacturing, there are many types of drug offenses that suspects are charged with. While the details of each case varies, life may change in an instant for people who have found themselves in this position. In Stamford, and other cities across Connecticut, people who have been accused of drug-related offenses should closely look into all of their options and may want to consider hiring an experienced defense team that can help ensure they put their best foot forward in the courtroom.

Law enforcement officials in Connecticut recently took a 56-year-old man into custody on a handful of drug charges. After obtaining search warrants, authorities went into his apartment, where they allegedly found crack, methadone, a significant amount of cash and drug paraphernalia.

Helping drug suspects understand their options

When someone is convicted of a drug-related offense, life may never return to normal. On top of losing their job, people who have dealt with this may experience problems with their friends and family members and struggle to find work. Drug charges can also lead to significant jail time, financial penalties and other serious consequences, which highlights the importance of confronting drug charges correctly. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso, we strive to help clients who are going through this in Stamford, and other parts of Connecticut.

With regard to drug charges, there are all sorts of factors that must be kept in mind. For example, some people are unlawfully discriminated against by authorities, which in some cases may lead to false accusations of drug possession or drug distribution. Furthermore, suspects are not always treated fairly in court, which is why drug suspects should turn to a defense team that has their back and thoroughly understands the law.

An overview of underage drunk driving

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teenagers face a higher risk of dying in an auto accident involving alcohol when compared to the rest of the population, even though they are not able to consume alcohol legally. Furthermore, the NHTSA reports that 31 percent of drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 who passed away in car crashes in 2006 were under the influence of alcohol. In addition to serious injuries and death, underage drunk driving charges may result in harsh penalties for teenagers in Stamford, and across Connecticut.

When a teenager is charged with underage DUI, their world may change instantly. On top of difficulties with friends and family members, teenagers may also face license suspension, jail time and costly financial penalties. As a result, teenagers who are facing a DUI charge should carefully assess their set of circumstances and make sure they understand their legal options.

Alleged drunk driver shot at by Connecticut official

When someone is charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, they may experience significant anxiety and be completely unsure of how to move forward. After all, in Stamford, and across Connecticut, being charged with drunk driving is no laughing matter. Those who have been charged with DUI should evaluate their legal options and determine which approach to take at once.

According to authorities, an alleged drunk driver was shot at by a law enforcement official after the driver refused to stop. Although the bullet struck the vehicle, it did not hit anyone. Officials say the driver, who has not been identified, was sent to the hospital.

Assisting those facing false domestic violence allegations

Every day, Americans across the country are falsely accused of all types of crimes. However, for those who are dealing with false allegations of domestic violence, moving forward can be very difficult. If you have found yourself in this position, it is vital to review your options and carefully address the allegations as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso strives to help clients who are going through this in Stamford, Connecticut, and we understand the plethora of hurdles people facing false domestic violence accusations often encounter.

Unfortunately, some people who have been wrongfully accused of family violence mistakenly downplay the severity of domestic violence charges. In addition to prison time and an inability to contact family members, these charges can result in a damaged reputation that makes life even more challenging. Furthermore, when someone has a domestic violence conviction on their criminal record, their future could be negatively affected in many ways. For example, someone may be fired from their job or have a tough time finding work.

Multiple felony charges filed against 5 people in New Haven

When people in New Haven are arrested and charged with committing a felony crime such as murder, they face severe penalties if convicted. These penalties often include prison time and financial restitution as well as the stigma of having a felony record. Family members also pay a price as the person convicted of a violent crime may be the provider for the family and they are separated from their loved one.

After police arrived at a park in Hamden, they discovered a man’s body with explosive material that included caps and steel pipe fragments. The man had been shot multiple times, although the reason for the killing was unclear. After he had been shot, authorities allege, a pipe bomb was then used to blow him up. It is unclear how law enforcement traced the man’s murder to five people he lived with in New Haven. The group had been under watch by law enforcement in an investigation concerning narcotics.

What are some different types of restraining orders?

When someone is charged with domestic violence or facing accusations of bodily injury, their life may never be the same. Unfortunately, even those who are innocent can face serious consequences that have a devastating impact on their future. If you are dealing with allegations of domestic violence, you could face financial penalties, jail time and have a damaged reputation that always follows you around. In Stamford, Connecticut, and throughout the country, people who are in this position need to carefully analyze their situation and figure out how to properly handle the charges.

On the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch's website, an overview of the different types of restraining orders can be found, which may help you if you have been accused of domestic violence. Family violence protection orders are issued during criminal proceedings when a suspect is arraigned and are typically in effect until sentencing or the case being disposed. Next, there are ex parte restraining orders, which the family court issues after the completion of a restraining order application. These orders are issued immediately in order to offer relief from domestic violence. With ex parte orders, hearing dates are scheduled, respondents are notified and these orders are usually in effect for two weeks or until the hearing date. Following a hearing on an ex parte order, a restraining order after hearing may be issued and will usually be in effect for six months after the hearing date. Applicants are also able to request an extension when they are about to expire.

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.
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