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Facing criminal charges? Stay off social media

While it is completely understandable that you might feel anxious or uneasy when you face a Connecticut criminal charge, you can do yourself a favor by avoiding using social media until your case concludes. At the Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, we have seen firsthand the damage that can occur when people facing criminal charges continue to use social media, and we have helped many people facing such charges pursue favorable solutions that meet their needs.

Voting rights for felons topic of town hall

People who live in and are convicted of criminal offenses in Connecticut may often fear that their civil rights are put in jeopardy, making it hard for them to fully recover from their experiences. Even basic things like getting a job or finding a place to live after being released from jail or prison can be a challenge for people with criminal records. Social and political opinions on what rights people convicted of crimes should have can vary greatly.

Law banning solitary confinement not being followed

People who are sent to prison in Connecticut may experience a wide range of conditions. This can happen in part due to the nature of the offense for which they are sentenced and the specific facility that they are sent to. Conduct that is witnessed in a prison setting may also contribute to some of an inmate's experiences while there. For a long time, some people have been forced to be isolated in what is generally called solitary confinement but can also be referred to as administrative segregation or restrictive housing.

Do Connecticut courts accommodate the disabled?

Finding yourself criminally charged is bad enough, but it can be even more taxing if you happen to suffer from a disability. However, having a disability should not impact your ability to go to court and contest criminal charges. If you or someone you know is disabled and is facing a court date in Connecticut, you should take steps to make sure the court knows about your disability and can accommodate you.

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. 

Why do people falsely confess to committing crimes?

It seems hard to imagine why someone would admit to committing a crime even though the person is innocent, and yet as the Innocence Project points out, one out of every four people who have been exonerated of criminal convictions due to DNA evidence had made false confessions of guilt in the first place. People in Connecticut should be aware of why people falsely confess and how to prevent making such admissions in the first place.

Do repeat offenders face higher sentences?

If you were facing a second or third time in the Connecticut justice system, it would be perfectly natural to be nervous about how your previous offenses and convictions might affect your current proceedings. The fact is that, if you received a conviction for a new crime, there could be a chance for enhanced penalties based on your previous record.

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.

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