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August 2013 Archives

Criminal charges can come late and heavy

When a major car accident occurs in Connecticut and beyond, it is not entirely uncommon for the scene to be confusing and even chaotic. Often times, victims require immediate attention and authorities may document details of the incident for later review so that the scene can be cleared as quickly as possible. It may be in these types of cases that criminal charges are filed only after authorities take the time to consider the incident, making the need for sound legal counsel more crucial than ever. One young man is now facing serious underage drinking charges relating to the death of another motorist in an accident that happened last year.

Some drug crimes may be exempt from minimum sentences

While the institution of mandatory minimum sentences may be intended to deter potential offenders and enforce a strict stance on crime, it also fails to acknowledge key factors in individual cases. It’s for that reason, among others, that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is endorsing changes to how some drug crimes are prevented and addressed in Connecticut and states around the country.

What role did officer play in violent crimes?

Law enforcement are responsible for carrying out the law and protecting the public at all times. In Connecticut and beyond, police officers are therefore instructed on how to effectively identify and document encounters with civilians. In instances where a police officer’s failure to comply with protocol is linked to dangerous or criminal activity, the officer’s potential culpability for such offenses may be considered during the course of the criminal defense investigation.

A criminal record may magnify drug charges

In the state of Connecticut and elsewhere, the criminal justice system is designed to punish and prevent offenses. As a result, the rights of individuals with criminal convictions on their records can be legally restricted in numerous ways.  And while such policies addressing the rights of convicted felons may inhibit repeat offenses in some instances, they may also inflate charges and expose the harshness of the federal criminal procedure. In fact, one recent case serves as a real-life example of how one’s criminal history can affect the type and severity of any future charges he or she may face.

New drunk driving program could be promising trend

While anti-drunk driving efforts have been in place for years, it seems like the issue is being addressed with more fervor than ever. In Connecticut and states around the country, DUI legislation is increasingly strict. Moreover, some zero-tolerance policies have set precedence for other courts and states to follow, as criminal defense attorneys voice concerns over the increasing infringement of defendants' rights in many cases. If proven successful, a new program may start a trend that promotes safety and addresses the needs repeat drunk driving offenders at the same time.