If you are a Connecticut felony offender, you may know that, in addition to fines, jail time and other criminal repercussions you may face for your crime, you may also face penalties that come from sources outside the criminal justice system. Known as “collateral consequences,” these repercussions can hinder your ability to live life as you once knew it, and they can have a negative impact on multiple areas. Joseph J. Colarusso recognizes the many ways in which having a felony conviction on your record can cause you trouble, and we have helped many clients facing similar circumstances pursue solutions that meet their needs.
If you live in Connecticut, are facing a driving under the influence charge and already have such a conviction on your record, the harshness of your penalties typically increases alongside the number of convictions you have in your past. Joseph J. Colarusso recognizes the substantial impact multiple DUI convictions can have on your life, and he has helped many clients facing similar circumstances defend themselves and pursue solutions that meet their needs.
Connecticut state law provides for an increase in sentencing severity to dissuade recidivism. Persistent offenders, to use the language of the penal code, might face jail more often than individuals convicted of their first offense. For example, if you had a criminal record that included significant jail time or a death sentence, or if you had been previously convicted of certain crimes, you would conceivably be at risk for a more stringent penalty in a pending case.
A Connecticut criminal record has the potential to haunt you, potentially affecting everything from where you can work to whether you can secure a loan or rent an apartment. Depending on the circumstances of your case and whether you already have a criminal record, among other contingencies, you may be able to pursue something called a criminal record erasure, which essentially shields your criminal record from public viewing. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso, we understand how much a criminal record can negatively impact your life, and we have helped many people facing similar circumstances find solutions that meet their needs.