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What is a paraphernalia charge?

It may surprise you to learn that drug charges in Connecticut do not always involve actual drugs. You may also face charges for paraphernalia, which, according to the Connecticut General Assembly, is anything that is used to grow, deliver, use or prepare drugs. This may cover a large range of items, but it must be shown that you intended to use drugs with the item or otherwise engage in drug activities associated with the paraphernalia.

Defining intoxicated manslaughter

Although manslaughter results in the death of a human being, the Legal Dictionary explains that manslaughter is not the same as murder. Murder requires the perpetrator to have acted with a malicious intention, while manslaughter, while it can also be intentional, includes other circumstances that may have provoked the killing other than malice. When it comes to intoxicated manslaughter, alcohol is the culprit for instigating the death of a person in Connecticut and can carry stiff penalties.

Innocent man placed behind bars

In 1989, a Connecticut man received a 50-year prison sentence after being convicted of first-degree sexual assault, felony murder and third-degree burglary. He spent nearly 20 years in prison before DNA evidence showed he was innocent of the crime. According to the Innocence Project, unvalidated forensic science methods were used and the erroneous findings were admitted to the court as evidence in the case. Furthermore, unreliable informants made false statements saying the innocent man had admitted to the crime, prompting law enforcement officials to arrest the man and bring charges against him.

Scientific evidence may lead to false convictions

In many criminal cases, forensic science is used to either prove or disprove information involving the crime. According to the Innocence Project, more than 350 cases have been overturned by the court because DNA evidence proved that the person was innocent of committing a crime. Of those 350, nearly 45 percent involved misapplication of forensic science.

What is a certificate of employability?

If you have been charged and convicted of domestic violence, you may have trouble passing a criminal background check to get a job. This can have far-reaching effects on your life as many employers require a clean criminal background before they will hire you. Luckily, in Connecticut, you have the option of getting a Certificate of Employability.

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