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What does pleading no contest mean?

When you face criminal charges, the court will ask you for your plea. Most people know you have the option to plead guilty or not guilty, but there are other options in most cases. Technically, this is called pleading nolo contendere, according to NoloContendere.org. This type of plea means you are admitting guilt for the charges and you agree the court may punish you for committing the crime. Even though the plea will end up with the same results as just pleading guilty, it is quite different than a guilty plea. 

What is a mandatory minimum sentence?

People who are arrested and charged with criminal offenses in Connecticut may often have immediate concerns about what type of punishment or consequence they may face. In particular, it is understandable for you or anyone is this position to want to know if you will have to spend time in jail and, if so, how much time you will need to spend. Depending upon the offense that a person is convicted of, there may be what is called a mandatory minimum sentence.

Leftover opioids contribute to misuse of drugs

It is not uncommon for a Connecticut resident to receive a prescription for pain medication from a doctor or a dentist. Whether a major surgery to remove a tumor or a root canal, many procedures leave people in need of pain relief. Other conditions find patients struggling with chronic pain that must be managed. In recent years, a growing reliance on opioid medications originally designed to manage pain has allegedly led to another problem - drug addiction.

Understanding forensic testing for drug and DUI cases

If you have been charged with a drug-related crime or a driving under the influence charge in Connecticut, you may find it helpful to learn about the types of toxicology and forensic tests that are done  in your case. Many law enforcement officers and prosecutors may look to the results of scientific tests in order to support their arrestof you and their further prosecution of you for the alleged offenses.

Task force to oversee use of body and dash cameras

People in Connecticut may be aware that more and more law enforcement agencies around the country have been adopting the use of video cameras by officers. Some of these cameras are mounted on the dashboards of police vehicles while others are literally worn on police uniforms. Recently, the Connecticut House of Representatives has passed H.B. 7308 which seeks to further the implementation of this technology in the state.

Electronic monitoring technology

People in Connecticut who are arrested for or convicted of certain offenses may be required to submit to electronic monitoring by probation officers or parole officers. There are two types of systems used to monitor people as the Connecticut General Assembly explains.

State looks to crack down on hate crimes

Connecticut residents know that there are strong laws against crimes considered to be hate crimes. These include a variety of actions that are generally violent or threatening and are based upon some type of discrimination or prejudice. The state of Connecticut is looking to institute new legislation around these hate crime offenses.

Job seeking after a criminal conviction

Connecticut residents who have been arrested often have to quickly learn the ins and outs of the criminal justice system in order to navigate the defense process. If ultimately convicted of a crime, another concern with longer-term implications can come to the forefront in short order. That concern is how to rebuild life after serving a jail or prison sentence. One of the elements most important to this is getting a job.

Groups calls for greater emphasis in sex crimes

Connecticut residents who may have been charged with sexually related crimes know that this area of law is a heated one indeed. Emotions can run high on this topic and while that is understandable, it remains an important element of civil rights that defendants' rights are respected and protected along the way.

Sex crime arrests in 2015

If you or someone you are close to has been arrested for an alleged sex crime in Connecticut, you are understandably quite nervous about what to expect. Regardless of the circumstances, a person always deserves a defense but can sometimes feel very alone after being arrested. However, the reality is that many other people have been in that same situation and it does not mean that you or the person you know who has been arrested is guilty.

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