When hearing about a criminal arrest, conviction or sentencing, people in Connecticut might initially think that there is little to no hope for defendants. The law is the law and if a person is said to have broken that they will experience the predefined penalties. However, this is not necessarily the case as not only is there always the ability for people to prove their innocence but there is also some discretion involved when it comes to making final decisions about charges or sentencing.
An example of this can be seen in the recent sentencing of a man for a driving under the influence charge. The sentencing was for an arrest that happened on February 22 of this year in Norwalk. The defendant was supposed to have appeared in court for the matter but after failing to do so he was arrested as a warrant for his arrest had been issued.
The judge in the matter actually sentenced the man to serve 18 months in prison. However, the bulk of that sentence will be suspended after he serves the first 120 days in prison. This reduces his actual incarceration time by approximately 14 months. At this time, the defendant does have three other outstanding drunk driving charges pending and it is unclear what the potential penalties for those may be.
After being charged with a drunk driving crime, Connecticut residents might want to learn about the defense process by talking to an experienced lawyer.
Source: New Haven Register News, "Connecticut official goes to prison for DUI; other cases pending in Valley," Dan Tepfer, June 26, 2017