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When facing criminal charges, you are up against law enforcement agencies and prosecutors’ offices with decades of experience with criminal prosecution. They are trained to catch any slip-ups or incriminating statements you might make. Having a skilled criminal defense attorney to help you fight the charges you are facing can mean the difference between years in prison and no prison time at all.

The police may tell you that things will be better if you answer their questions, but this is rarely true, even if you are innocent. Exercise your right to remain silent until you have an attorney. Your lawyer can prevent you from saying anything that may damage your case.

An experienced criminal defense attorney can also explain the risks of taking your case to trial. If you choose to plead guilty, a criminal defense attorney will vigorously negotiate on your behalf to obtain a favorable plea deal. And if you decide to plead not guilty, a criminal defense attorney will put the state’s case to the test and make the state prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Penalties for Criminal Charges in Connecticut
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Penalties for Felonies in Connecticut
Felony charges are those that have a minimum jail sentence if found guilty, typically a year or more.

EXAMPLES SENTENCE FINES
CAPITAL FELONY Specific types of Murder Life in prison N/A
CLASS A FELONY (MURDER) Murder 25 to 60 years in prison Up to $20,000
CLASS A FELONY Aggravated Sexual Assault under 16, Sexual Assault w/younger victims, Kidnapping 1st degree, Arson 1st degree 10 to 25 years in prison Up to $20,000
CLASS B FELONY Manslaughter 1st degree, Assault 1st degree, Sexual Assault, Larceny 1st degree 1 to 20 years in prison Up to $15,000
CLASS C FELONY Manslaughter 2nd degree, Sexual Assault 2nd degree, Robbery 2nd degree, Arson 3rd degree 1 to 10 years in prison Up to $10,000
CLASS D FELONY Assault 2nd degree, Sexual Assault 3rd degree, Criminal Mischief 1st degree, Stalking 1st degree 1 to 5 years in prison Up to $5,000

Penalties for Misdemeanors in Connecticut
Under Connecticut law, misdemeanor charges are less serious than felonies and have a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail.

EXAMPLES SENTENCE FINES
CLASS A MISDEMEANOR Assault 3rd degree, Threatening 2nd degree, Sexual Assault 4th Degree, Criminal Trespass 1st degree, Larceny 4th degree, Violation of a protective order Up to 1 year in jail Up to $2,000
CLASS B MISDEMEANOR Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, Stalking 3rd degree, Breach of Peace Up to 6 months in jail Up to $1,000
CLASS C MISDEMEANOR Criminal Mischief 4th degree, Disorderly Conduct, Larceny 6th degree Up to 3 months in jail Up to $500

Penalties for Criminal Violations and Infractions in CT
Violations and Infractions are not crimes, they are civil penalties, so they do not give you a criminal record. A violation is punishable by a maximum fine of $500, and some specific violations have lesser maximum fines.

An infraction has a fine of up to $90, plus additional fees and surcharges that may go as high as $300.

Typical violations and infraction are motor vehicle offenses such as traffic tickets, speeding tickets, possession of alcohol by a minor, and various city ordinances.

You do not need to make a court appearance for either a violation or an infraction. You can choose to pay your fine by mail, but I do not recommend.

Reference: Connecticut Traffic Infractions FAQ.

Additional Penalties and Collateral Consequences in CT
Many professional licensing boards have standards that prohibit anyone with a criminal record or civil infraction from being admitted or certified.

And now that all criminal convictions in Connecticut are posted online publicly, your criminal record could easily become a scarlet letter that haunts you forever.

Should I Plead Guilty?

You may be tempted to plead guilty simply to avoid the time and expense of a trial and just move on with your life. But you should first speak with a criminal defense attorney like me. I will review the circumstance of your case, advise you of your rights, and help you decide whether to plead guilty. Ultimately, the decision is yours alone to make. If you decide to plead guilty, I will ensure you understand the process and will work to negotiate a favorable plea agreement with the prosecutor.

Can the police legally search me?

Generally, the police must have a warrant to conduct a search. However, there are numerous exceptions to the warrant requirement, such as:

  • Consent – You or another authorized individual consent to a search of your person, vehicle, or residence.
  • Plain-view – While conducting a lawful activity, like a traffic stop for speeding, the police observe evidence of a crime or contraband in plain view.
  • Protective search – The police may lawfully conduct a pat-down of a person in custody or a quick sweep of a vehicle or building to ensure there is nothing posing a danger to the police or others.
  • Canine sniff – A police canine can indicate the presence of contraband, which may give police probable cause to conduct a search for that contraband.

Will I get a longer sentence if I fight my case?

You have the constitutional right to have your case tried by a jury of your peers. The court cannot impose a longer sentence simply because you chose to take your case to trial. However, trials that end in conviction often lead to longer sentences than those offered in plea agreements. The court may also order you to pay the costs of your prosecution. To avoid the expense of trial, prosecutors tend to offer reduced charges or shorter sentences in plea deals.

Can I have my case dismissed if the police never read me my Miranda rights?

The police may have given you a form that describes your rights. By signing that form, you may have admitted that you read, understand, and waived your Miranda rights. In addition, the police only need to read you your Miranda rights if they intend to interrogate you. If they don’t interrogate you, there is no need to read you your rights and anything you say may be deemed a voluntary statement.

Even if you make incriminating statements during questioning before being read your Miranda rights, the suppression of those statements might not lead to the dismissal of your case. The police may have evidence they obtained from other sources that may be sufficient to prove your guilt.

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