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Overcoming a violent past with hope and determination

When people have been apprehended for committing a violent crime in Connecticut, they often face many serious consequences related to their actions. Depending on the circumstances surrounding their situation and the outcome their behavior had on the people around them, their consequences could range from fines to community service to time spent in prison. 

Connecticut statutory rape laws

According to Connecticut 2-1-1, statutory rape is a criminal offense that occurs between a person who is of the age of consent and another who is not old enough to legally consent to the activity. State laws vary regarding at what age a person can consent and how big of an age gap may exist between minors, so it is imperative that individuals and parents of teens thoroughly understand Connecticut statutory rape laws.

What are Connecticut’s animal cruelty laws?

Most people think about assaults against other humans when the topic of violent crimes comes up. However, cruelty to animals can also be violent, and many people might not realize that neglecting or harming an animal can result in serious criminal charges. You and other Connecticut residents should understand the state’s animal cruelty laws.

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 ways in which manslaughter differs from murder

As most Connecticut residents understand, a murder charge can arise from the killing of another person. However, this area of law can be complex, especially if the one accused of the crime insists that he or she did not mean to cause the death of the other person.

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.

Understanding Connecticut arraignments

Those accused of a crime are often initially confused about the Connecticut criminal judicial process. This confusion could lead to fear, especially if one were anxious about the long-term consequences of a trial. However, it is usually advisable to act from a considered position, informed by a study of the multiple stages of criminal proceedings.

Are eyewitness lineups accurate and reliable?

If you have been charged with a crime in Connecticut, you may be forced to participate in an eyewitness lineup. While many states in the nation implement these procedures, multiple studies show that this method of identifying a suspect can be inaccurate and often yields unreliable results. According to the Innocence Project, more than 70 percent of documented wrongful convictions in the U.S. involved eyewitness misidentification, making it one of the leading causes of conviction errors. The problem not only lies in faulty lineup procedures implemented by law enforcement departments, but also in flaws involving the human memory and the way the brain functions under stress.

Do repeat offenders face automatic jail time in Connecticut?

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.

Maintaining impartiality during rape trial processes

If you know much about what happens during formal Connecticut rape accusations, then you are aware that emotions and persuasion have the potential to take the place of good legal logic, forensic science and diligent police work. During our practice at the law offices of Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney At Law we have found that there are many ways in which an otherwise simple innocent act could twist and turn around in the minds of a jury.

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