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February 2019 Archives

What distinguishes first and second-degree manslaughter?

The distinction between first and second-degree manslaughter is primarily due to the directness of the act. Because these levels of manslaughter carry various degrees of possible punishment, it matters a great deal what a Connecticut resident is charged with. Depending on the charge, you stand to lose a great deal more of your freedom and finances if you are convicted.

The First Step Act is truly just a first step

People who live in New York and find themselves charged with a criminal offense might feel trapped and as if they have no options. For many people, there can exist a tragic cycle that keeps them in jail or prison or prevents them from putting their lives on a better path. 

Hopelessness over domestic violence allegations

If you have been accused of domestic violence, you may feel overwhelmed by the entire situation. You may be worried that your voice will not be heard and that an unfavorable outcome is inevitable. You could be concerned about being unable to spend time with your kids or the impact that these charges may have on your reputation and career. Unfortunately, many people find themselves in a position where they feel hopeless when they are facing domestic violence allegations (even if the claims are completely false). In Connecticut, it is pivotal for people to know what their rights are in this tough situation.

Will a drug conviction show up on my credit report?

You may be someone with a drug conviction in your past and are desperately hoping that your bank does not find out about it. You could be considering a mortgage for a new home or a loan for a new business, but if your credit report contains a notice of your conviction, you might fear Connecticut lenders will reject you. However, even though your past troubles with the law may present challenges in your life, they will not directly affect your credit report.

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