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Online Publication of Your Arrest

If you are arrested, notification of your arrest may appear in a police blotter, or in an article in the local - or even national - news. Oftentimes, your image or mugshot will also appear in the article. Once publication of your arrest appears on the Internet, anyone with Internet access can find out that you have been arrested and learn details surrounding your charges. This may cause a great deal of concern to you if you are a public figure, if you hold a job that requires security clearance, or if you simply wish to move on with your life after your case has been dismissed.

Motor Vehicle Offenses Involving Teen Drivers

Teen drivers face special restrictions when driving and need to know the laws and penalties associated with certain motor vehicle offenses. Pleading guilty in court or by mail (through payment of the fine) can result in a loss of driving privileges and could affect your insurance premiums.

Curfew Restrictions

Unless traveling for employment, school, religious activities, medical necessity, or driving for a Safe Ride Program,[1] teen drivers can only drive between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. There is no curfew while training for a license permit, as long as you are accompanied by an instructor or parent/guardian/qualifying adult providing instruction.

[1] Safe Ride Programs provide free and confidential rides home to any student unable to drive safely or has concerns as a passenger. A person does not have to be intoxicated to use a Safe Ride service and both teens and adults may volunteer as a driver in a Safe Ride Program in their area.

Important Facts about Connecticut's DUI/OUI Laws

Driving in Connecticut is considered a privilege, not a right. If you are charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs you may face serious consequences. You may lose your driving privileges, have to participate in an Alcohol Education Program, and may face having a criminal record and/or incarceration. Here are some important facts regarding Connecticut's DUI/OUI laws:

1. Connecticut's Implied Consent Law states that any person who operates a motor vehicle is presumed to have given his or her consent to a test to determine blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If you refuse to submit to a breathalyzer, provide a urine sample or blood test, your license will be suspended, regardless of your case's outcome in court.

A Clean Slate: Getting a Pardon in Connecticut

What types of Pardons are available in Connecticut?

There are 3 options when applying for a Pardon:

  1. Full Pardon: A full Pardon results in a complete expungement of your criminal record. If the Board of Pardons grants a Full Pardon, your criminal record will be completely erased.
  2. Conditional Pardon: A Conditional Pardon is very similar to a Full Pardon in that your record will be expunged; however, the Board of Pardons will place a condition or requirement that you must abide by or fulfill. Failure to abide by this condition may result in the Pardon being revoked.
  3. Certificate of Employability: A Certificate of Employability is not the same as erasure of your criminal record. These types of Pardons are given to prevent employers or future employers from denying employment because of an applicant's criminal record.

Things you must know if you are arrested for a domestic violence crime in Connecticut

1. A domestic violence offense can involve anyone with whom you share a domestic relationship. It can be a spouse, former spouse, significant other, or family member. You do not have to be living in the same household for the court to consider that you share a domestic relationship.

Connecticut's Underage Drinking and Driving Laws--Beyond Criminal Court

In Connecticut, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs ("DUI") is a crime.  If you are under 21 years of age, you are considered legally intoxicated if you have a .02 Blood Alcohol Content ("BAC") or higher.  Even if you refuse to take a breath, blood or urine test, you can be prosecuted if law enforcement determines that you drove a motor vehicle while your ability to operate was impaired.

8 Things to Think About When Applying for a Pardon in Connecticut

Getting a Pardon Can Change Your Life.

Having a criminal conviction on your record has many negative consequences; a criminal record may make it hard to find housing, apply for benefits, or obtain certain licenses or permits.  Many people often have difficulty obtaining employment because of their criminal record.  The state of Connecticut has a Pardons process, and you may be eligible to have your Connecticut criminal record erased. 

Man finally freed after 25 years for murder he didn�t commit

Imagine being charged with a crime that you didn’t commit. Now imagine that despite having proof that could help authorities determine that you weren’t even in the same state when the crime happened, you were still convicted. Just because a person in Fairfield County is charged with a crime, does not mean he or she is guilty, but wrongful convictions can still happen.

According to reports, a man who was convicted of shooting his friend back in 1989 has finally been set free by a judge in Brooklyn, New York. The man was reportedly convicted of murder, even though he had tangible proof that he did not commit the crime. The man was reportedly in Florida at the time of the shooting and he even had a Florida hotel receipt that was paid just a few hours before the crime was committed.

Drug dogs less reliable in traffic stop searches

Have you been arrested or charged with a drug crime? Even though the evidence against you may look bad that doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance of beating the charges. Investigators make mistakes, which is why anyone in the Fairfield County area facing drug charges should understand his or her rights.

Although drug-sniffing dogs are used to help investigators in the war on drugs, just like humans, dogs can make mistakes. In fact, according to a report that was recently published in the journal Forensic Science International, drug-sniffing dogs have the hardest time during traffic stop scenarios. Reportedly, these highly trained dogs committed false alerts 22 percent of the time when they had access to the outside of the vehicle.

Man facing several charges after altercation with co-worker

Any kind of criminal charge should be taken serious. From a DUI to assault, any crime can have serious consequences that can affect a person for a lifetime. People in the Bridgeport area make poor decisions from time to time, but that doesn’t mean everyone arrested for a crime is guilty or that he or she should always receive the maximum penalty if convicted.

Authorities are still trying to gather information as they investigate a recent incident between to co-workers at a Fairfield restaurant. According to reports, investigators tried to obtain video from the surveillance system cameras at the restaurant, but the camera was not working properly. Attempts to glean more information from the restaurant owner and manger also came up short.