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Criminal conviction overturned almost a decade later

In criminal trials, both the prosecution and defense teams have the responsibility to argue their case compellingly and do everything in their power to represent their side. Hundreds of trials play out in Connecticut court rooms every year, and many involve a great deal of concrete evidence as well as speculation. Building a solid case based on facts and reliable testimony is key to ensuring a fair trial and verdict. Unfortunately, though, there are instances where prosecutors compromise the integrity of their case in an effort to achieve a favorable ruling. One man may finally have his life back after almost 10 years, since an appeals court recently overturned his murder conviction.

Father seeks pardon years after criminal conviction

In criminal cases that play out in Connecticut and beyond, defendants often rely heavily on the advice and expertise of their legal representatives. As a result, the actions of defense attorneys can play a large role in the outcome of the case. And in some instances, a potential murder conviction may rest on the quality of trial defense. Having already served years in prison for a crime he claims he didn’t commit, one defendant is seeking pardon on the basis of innocence and poor representation.

Serious accusations made against cop in motorcycle gang incident

Undercover police officers in places like Stamford, Connecticut, may understand how difficult it can be to adhere to the duties of the job. Often times, undercover officers are expected not to reveal their true identities until their specific mission is completed. That means, however, that sometimes undercover officers are forced to allow illegal acts to happen. One undercover police detective is now facing criminal charges for his alleged role in a motorcycle gang assault incident, even though he contends that he was only following protocol.

Decades' old rape case may test sympathies

Too often, criminal prosecution teams rely on sentiment and conjecture in place of concrete evidence to build a case. In these instances, the defendant may be vilified by prosecutors in an effort to sway the opinion of the jury, and even the public. That’s why it can be so imperative that the defense team ground the trial and provide context to actual events that occurred. While the verdict is yet to be decided, a recent rape trial in Stamford, Connecticut, illustrates how some prosecutors attempt to seek a conviction from little to no substantial evidence.

Violent crimes victims and defendants may benefit from new laws

The rights of crime victims and defendants are intrinsically linked, as both depend on a fair and objective legal system. Legislation instituted to account for the rights of one party often affects the other, and both may be subject to the impact of current events. One recent Connecticut tragedy has inspired new policies to protect violent crime victims and their loved ones, while possibly safeguarding defendants’ rights as well.

Health of man facing murder charges raises concern over trial

There are several state and federal policies addressing the health and wellbeing of criminal suspects in this country. The rights of murder suspects must be upheld at all times, and part of safeguarding those rights is protecting a defendant from the risk of injury or illness. For instance, the compromised health of one murder suspect in Danbury, Connecticut, may prohibit him of being expected to stand trial.

Stamford man arrested for burglaries after his dog identified

When a criminal defense team works for a client, one aspect of their role is to make sure that law enforcement did their job correctly. This might involve looking at the way evidence was collected, whether there is any concrete evidence that the person committed the crime and if any rights of the person were violated during the criminal case investigation. During the criminal trial, they then have the opportunity to ask all the questions and point out legal weaknesses in the prosecution's case.

Bridgeport man charged with kidnapping after PCP high

Sometimes violent crimes can be traced back to an addiction to drugs, indicating that a person may not have been in the right frame of mind at the time of the incident. People have faced murder charges, robbery, assault and other violent allegations after ingesting, inhaling, or shooting up with illegal drugs. While a criminal conviction means that the person is often handed a prison sentence, it must be wondered whether it would be better to treat the person's addiction and ask if they would have behaved in the same manner if they were not under the influence of a powerful stimulant.

Arrest warrants for burglary in preparation for Stamford man

When authorities make allegations against someone in Stamford for criminal acts, one of the first things that they may do is try to locate that person to bring them in as a person of interest or to arrest them. Once the criminal charge is made, then that person can post bail, or may be held in the county jail until the trial takes place, depending on the nature of the crime. At that time, the criminal defense team will have a chance to disprove the charges or may advise the client to take a plea deal in order to get a better sentence.

2 Stamford teens arrested for alleged assault of teachers

In years past, incidents involving students that took place at school were often handled at school. Students who were involved in potentially illegal or dangerous activity were usually sent to the dean of students or principal's office to face their punishment -- whether that was detention, suspension or expulsion.

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