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May 2018 Archives

What is constructive possession?

If you are a Connecticut resident facing drug charges, your freedom may be at stake. Depending on what type of drugs law enforcement officers accuse you of possessing when they arrested you, plus the amount thereof and your alleged intent for possessing them, you could face a substantial prison sentence and/or fine if the prosecutor convicts you of the alleged crimes.

Can you lose financial aid because of a drug conviction?

If you are the proud parent of a Connecticut graduate who has plans to head off to college in the fall, you may be spending the summer preparing your son or daughter for life on his or her own. Many first-time college students experiment a bit after getting a taste of newfound freedom, but when those experimentations involve illegal drugs, it can mean the end of his or her ability to receive financial aid.

What to say or not say if you are arrested

Almost everyone knows about the constitutional right to remain silent when arrested, so many Connecticut residents will decide not to stay anything to the police until they have contacted legal counsel. However, some people may not exercise this right, or they might become flustered when a police officer pulls them over. It is crucial to keep in mind what to say and what not to say to a police officer to avoid potential problems.

How does financial abuse factor into domestic abuse?

One of the more shadowy aspects of domestic violence is that many Connecticut victims, though subject to physical or emotional abuse, feel they cannot break away from their tormentor because an abusive spouse or partner is controlling the purse strings. The Huffington Post recently reported that financial abuse is a feature in 99 percent of abusive relationships, an astonishing figure that means almost every domestic abuse victim will suffer financial torment as well.

How “plain view” can lead to a vehicle search

Being stopped and searched on a Connecticut road is something many motorists would prefer to avoid. As Findlaw points out, police officers are barred from vehicle searches unless those searches meet specific legal requirements. However, while some search requirements, such as a search warrant, are well known, many motorists may not be aware that something in their vehicle may be giving a police officer a different rationale for a search.

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