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Sex crime arrests in 2015

If you or someone you are close to has been arrested for an alleged sex crime in Connecticut, you are understandably quite nervous about what to expect. Regardless of the circumstances, a person always deserves a defense but can sometimes feel very alone after being arrested. However, the reality is that many other people have been in that same situation and it does not mean that you or the person you know who has been arrested is guilty.

Taking a look at the number of people arrested can give you a better sense of the type of activity that the state typically sees in this area. Statistics from the Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection give detailed information about arrests by offense and age of defendants. In 2015, a total of 95 people under the age of 18 were charged with sex crimes in Connecticut. Of these, 58 of them were 15, 16 or 17 years old, 22 were 13 or 14 and the remaining 15 were 12 or younger.

Job applicants with criminal records may benefit from new law

Connecticut residents who have ever been arrested and charged with a criminal offense know that even without a conviction, life after an arrest can be challenging. Whether a misdemeanor or a felony, any criminal activity can haunt a person for a long time.

One of the biggest challenges that people with prior arrests or convictions may face is getting a new job - or even keeping an existing job. When it comes time to fill out a job application or submit a resume, many employers will ask candidates if they have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime. Answering "yes" to either of these questions might put them a peson out of the running for the job before their application or resume is ever really reviewed. Work experience and education may take a back seat to a criminal record.

West Haven man facing DUI and other charges

Today's media can be a valuable means of receiving information but it can also make life difficult for Connecticut residents who have been arrested and charged with crimes. Very often, reports of criminal arrests provide little or spotty details that make it all too easy for people to paint the defendants in very negative lights. That can leave many people wondering if they are really able to get a fair defense and this is an understandable thought.

An example of this can be seen in the case of a 33-year-old man from West Haven. Reports suggest that the man has been accused of leaving the scene of one vehicle crash and then being apprehended after hitting yet another vehicle. No details have been provided about how officers supposedly connected him to the first crash. It is also not known how far apart the two alleged crashes happened.

Felonies, misdemeanors and infractions in Connecticut

Have you been arrested and charged with a crime in Connecticut? Maybe you know someone who has recently been arrested and is facing criminal charges. Either way, it can be important for you to understand a bit about how many types and levels of criminal charges are recognized in the state of Connecticut.

According to the Connecticut General Assembly, any violation of the law may be considered an infraction, a misdemeanor or a felony. Infractions are the least serious of all violations and the primary way that an infraction differs from other offenses is that the only consequence associated with an infraction is financial. No jail time is attributed to these incidents.

What is forensic biology?

With the plethora of police television shows or movies available, you have no doubt seen actors portraying detectives or discussing the particulars of certain pieces of evidence. But, behind all of the story lines in these fictional situations, what is actually real? In the world of forensic evidence and testing, there are different types of specialities and ways that evidence is evaluated. There are also specific types of testing for certain types of evidence.

According to the state of Connecticut Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, a forensic biologist may be used to investigate bodily fluids that may be deemeed as evidence or believed to be usable as evidence. On average, the department processes roughly 500 sets of evidence related to different sex crimes and more than 750 cases' worth of evidence overall. In addition to sexual assault cases, many bodily fluids are tested for potential homicide cases as well.

Police tactics questioned

Perhaps one of the most important things for Connecticut residents charged with crimes to remember is that they are always owed proper treatment and a proper defense. This can often be difficult to keep in mind especially in cases involving a lot of media attention. Reports frequently give only spotty details that may cast defendants in bad lights.

It could be said that this certainly was the case for two men arrested in New York City just a few days after a Connecticut man was stabbed to death. Some of the early details about the case made it seem as though the two defendants may be charged with the man's murder. However, eventually they have not actually been arraigned for murder but for alleged tampering with evidence, hiding a dead body and standing in the way of a criminal prosecution.

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.

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