You may be someone with a drug conviction in your past and are desperately hoping that your bank does not find out about it. You could be considering a mortgage for a new home or a loan for a new business, but if your credit report contains a notice of your conviction, you might fear Connecticut lenders will reject you. However, even though your past troubles with the law may present challenges in your life, they will not directly affect your credit report.
As a resident of Connecticut who is grappling with an addiction to opioids, first, recognize that you are not alone in your struggles. Opioid addiction has become an increasingly pervasive problem across the state and nation, killing hundreds of Connecticut residents each year, and the issue has become so widespread that a task force now exists to determine how the state can best combat the problem. Attorney Joseph J. Colarusso recognizes that criminal behavior often stems from drug addiction, and we have helped many criminal offenders with drug addictions pursue solutions that meet their needs.
Some Connecticut law enforcement officers are occasionally overzealous in the charges they enter against those suspected of drug crimes. Therefore, it is completely natural for those accused to feel somewhat bewildered when arrested — confused at a long and seemingly inappropriate list of allegations. Combine this enforcement environment with a complex set of rules governing each individual substance and a considerable number of different charges relating to drugs, and a single event leading to drug charges could quickly become an unintelligible tangle for those not accustomed to the system.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.