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Contribute to your own defense

Any criminal offense in Connecticut is a serious matter that should be defended against for the preservation of your future. What you may not know is that you can potentially play a major role in your own defense.

At the offices of Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, we would typically not advise people in Connecticut to attempt to mount their own criminal defenses. We invite our clients to become partners in their own defense by educating them on the relevant details of the criminal justice system in the state. Please continue to read for a discussion of some of the things you could do to improve your own ability to protect your rights.

One of the most essential elements of a prosecutor’s arsenal is what you as an arrestee, indictee or defendant say or do. Your conduct, including your speech and your actions, are likely to be important material facts of the case. Even if it seems like you do not have a choice when answering questions or having discussions with police officers or state’s attorneys, it is likely that you do.

That begs the question of how to know when you should and should not answer police questions. In general, you should probably not attempt to make this decision yourself. If officials are arresting or interrogating you, it is likely that you have the right to retain counsel of someone who knows when answering questions would be in your best interest for your future arguments of the case.

Minimizing the consequences of an arrest starts with protecting the rights you already have. For more information, please continue to read about what you could do to fight unjust charges on our main website.

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