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If approved for Connecticut drug court, what can you expect?

Facing a Connecticut drug charge can be a very scary thing, because it may mean you have to pay fines, serve time and otherwise take accountability for your actions. In some cases, however, you may be able to take part in drug court as an alternative to having to serve time in jail or prison. Drug courts seek to help keep drug offenders from reentering the criminal justice system by helping them kick their drug addictions while still holding them accountable for their behavior.

What is a paraphernalia charge?

It may surprise you to learn that drug charges in Connecticut do not always involve actual drugs. You may also face charges for paraphernalia, which, according to the Connecticut General Assembly, is anything that is used to grow, deliver, use or prepare drugs. This may cover a large range of items, but it must be shown that you intended to use drugs with the item or otherwise engage in drug activities associated with the paraphernalia.

How drug courts are helping methamphetamine addicts get clean

If you are a Connecticut resident grappling with an addiction to methamphetamine and you are also facing drug-related criminal charges, you may have concerns about the penalties you may face, and whether you will ever be able to put your addiction behind you. A meth addiction can prove incredibly difficult to break, but one particular program is helping meth addicts get clean and stay clean far longer than others. Joseph J. Colarusso, Attorney at Law, recognizes that drug courts have proven, positive effects when it comes to combatting meth addiction, and he has helped many drug offenders facing criminal charges enter programs that address the root of the problem: the addiction itself.

Collateral consequences of a felony conviction

If you are a Connecticut felony offender, you may know that, in addition to fines, jail time and other criminal repercussions you may face for your crime, you may also face penalties that come from sources outside the criminal justice system. Known as “collateral consequences,” these repercussions can hinder your ability to live life as you once knew it, and they can have a negative impact on multiple areas. Joseph J. Colarusso recognizes the many ways in which having a felony conviction on your record can cause you trouble, and we have helped many clients facing similar circumstances pursue solutions that meet their needs.

What is constructive possession?

If you are a Connecticut resident facing drug charges, your freedom may be at stake. Depending on what type of drugs law enforcement officers accuse you of possessing when they arrested you, plus the amount thereof and your alleged intent for possessing them, you could face a substantial prison sentence and/or fine if the prosecutor convicts you of the alleged crimes.

Can you lose financial aid because of a drug conviction?

If you are the proud parent of a Connecticut graduate who has plans to head off to college in the fall, you may be spending the summer preparing your son or daughter for life on his or her own. Many first-time college students experiment a bit after getting a taste of newfound freedom, but when those experimentations involve illegal drugs, it can mean the end of his or her ability to receive financial aid.

How state law criminalizes drug paraphernalia

The term “drug paraphernalia” might seem unclear to many people in the state of Connecticut. What does it refer to? Generally, drug paraphernalia is any object that can be used to ingest illicit substances or to produce and prepare them. Drug paraphernalia can encompass a lot of different objects and tools. Some people may fear that the police might mistake an object in their possession as qualifying as drug paraphernalia.

Can drug court help you beat a meth addiction?

Methamphetamine addiction is plaguing numerous parts of the country, and many areas and people across Connecticut are in some way affected. If you are currently facing a drug-related criminal charge relating to your meth addiction, you may have justifiable concerns about the penalties you potentially face. However, depending on several circumstances, you may be able to enter a drug court program as opposed to serving time behind bars. In addition to keeping you out of a jail, research indicates that drug court may be a key component in helping you kick your drug addiction for good.

The fight to reduce excessive punishment for drug crimes

Judges are beholden to federal regulations when it comes to certain types of drug charges brought in Connecticut. The regulations in question set down minimum sentences for various crimes, such as possession of controlled substances. This situation often necessitates plea-bargaining with the prosecution on behalf of the accused— if the accused hopes to avoid jail time. 

What does the Federal drug policy change mean for Connecticut?

You may be one of the many medical marijuana users in Connecticut. As such, recent news that the federal government is no longer going to honor the policy of not enforcing federal marijuana laws may have you concerned. However, as ABC News reports, medical marijuana users like you probably have little to fear.

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