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Being accused of a crime can make the future uncertain.  There’s no room for error.  To avoid hefty fines and jail time, it’s important to have a strong lawyer to guide you through the Connecticut court system. 

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7 Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Criminal Defense Case

7 Mistakes That Could Ruin Your Criminal Defense Case

Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer

As an experienced Connecticut criminal defense lawyer, I know how confusing and frightening being arrested and charged can be. I am here to help walk you through the process and help you evaluate all of your options.

Please contact me today for a free consultation. You need to speak to an experienced Connecticut criminal defense lawyer before making any statements to the prosecution, or making any deal. If you don’t, you’ll never know if you got a fair offer, or if your case really should have been dismissed on legal, constitutional, or procedural grounds.

Please remember, once you make a deal – that’s it. It’s over. You can’t go back if you decide you didn’t make the right decision.

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Connecticut

Any Connecticut criminal charge can be serious. Felony offenses frequently have mandatory jail time attached if you are convicted. Even misdemeanor offenses can carry jail time, driver’s license suspensions, and will have other costly and difficult restrictions on your life and your future.

I have successfully represented people facing a wide variety of criminal charges. Some of the charges I defend include:

  • Drug Possession Charges – Possession of marijuana, heroin, cocaine, meth, amphetamines, ecstasy/MMDA, GHB, LSD, mushrooms, prescription drugs, steroids, and any other narcotic or controlled substance
  • Serious Drug Offenses – Distribution, sale, manufacture, cultivation, trafficking, and school zone violations
  • Traffic CrimesDUI, suspended license violations, moving violations, careless/reckless driving, leaving the scene of property damage or injury, operating without insurance
  • Violent CrimesAssault, murder, manslaughter
  • Sexual Crimes – Rape, statutory rape, sexual assault, child sex crimes and abuse, public indecency and patronizing a prostitute.
  • Property Crimes – Theft, shoplifting, larceny, criminal mischief, arson, burglary
  • Family CrimesDomestic violence, domestic abuse, restraining order and protective order violations
  • White Collar Crimes – Embezzlement, bad checks, credit card theft, computer crimes, fraud, conspiracy, identity theft
  • Weapons Charges – Illegal possession of a weapon, unlawful discharge of a firearm, commission of a felony with a gun
  • Juvenile Crimes – Any crime committed by a minor is handled in juvenile court, where the rules of criminal procedure can be quite different.
  • Cyber Crimes – Offenses that are committed with a criminal motive to intentionally harm the reputation of the victim or cause physical or mental harm, or loss, to the victim directly or indirectly, using modern telecommunication networks
  • And More – Breach of peace, disorderly conduct, juvenile charges, harassment, stalking, threatening, trespass, outstanding warrants (failure to appear in court) and many other offenses that are considered criminal charges under Connecticut laws.

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Common Problems with Criminal Defense Cases in CT

Just because the police have collected evidence doesn’t mean you will automatically be proven guilty at trial. In many cases, there are problems with the state’s evidence that make it inadmissible at trial. Without evidence to prove each element of your charges beyond a reasonable doubt, the prosecutor or trial court may end up dismissing your case.

Some examples of the problems I see in criminal cases include:

  • Lack of reasonable suspicion or probable cause to detain/arrest – In some cases, the police may stop a suspect, but the circumstances did not support reasonable suspicion or probable cause for the stop. The police may also arrest someone based on an uncorroborated anonymous tip.
  • Lack of probable cause for warrantless search – In other cases, the objective circumstances do not support the police’s use of one of the exceptions to the warrant requirement to conduct a warrantless search.
  • Problems with the search warrant – Sometimes there are issues with the search warrant, including insufficiently corroborated allegations supporting probable cause. The police may also have conducted a search outside the scope authorized by the warrant.
  • Violation of Miranda rights during interrogation – The police are often required to read you your Miranda rights when arresting you. If they fail to do so or fail to observe your rights, any statements you give may be inadmissible.
  • Eyewitness inconsistencies or credibility issues – Witnesses presented by the state may change their story between initial questioning by police and their testimony at trial. Witnesses may also have circumstances that call their credibility into question.
  • Quality of evidence issues – Photographs or recordings may be of such poor quality as to make identification difficult. Lineup or photo array identifications can be tainted by improper suggestion or influence by police.
  • Evidence chain-of-custody issues – The police may not have accurate records of who had possession of a piece of evidence or where and when they had it, raising the possibility that such evidence may have been tainted.
  • Calibration/accuracy issues with testing devices – In DUI and drug cases or cases involving DNA, lack of calibration, improper use of device, or accuracy issues may call the results into question or even render them inadmissible.

These issues can lead to the suppression of evidence. In addition, if tainted evidence led the police to other evidence, that evidence can also be suppressed under the “fruit of the poisonous tree” doctrine. If evidence critical to the state’s case is later thrown out by the court, it can result in dismissal of your charges for insufficient evidence.

What to Do If You’ve Been Arrested in Connecticut

If you’ve been arrested, don’t make any statements or confessions until you have first spoken with a criminal defense attorney. Do not attempt to talk to the police or the prosecutor on your own. Instead, calmly but firmly decline to answer any questions and request to speak with an attorney. Be sure to contact a criminal defense attorney like me about your case at your first available opportunity.

If you are released after your arrest, do not speak with anyone except your attorney about your case. Avoid posting about your case on social media, and refrain from contacting any alleged victims or potential state witnesses. Doing so may violate the conditions of your release and may constitute a crime itself. Avoid committing any new offenses while awaiting trial. It may negatively impact your chances of obtaining a plea deal or could increase your sentence if you are convicted.

How a Skilled Criminal Defense Attorney in Connecticut Can Make a Difference for You

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.

Contact Erin Field Now and Talk to a Criminal Defense Attorney About Your Case!

Please call me for a consultation or contact me online now. I will fight for you and look for every opportunity to avoid sticking you with this permanent criminal record.

Your case evaluation is free, confidential, and there is no further obligation.

You will always speak with me, Erin Field, the attorney.

Connecticut Criminal Defense Statutes

CrimeStatuteClassification (Penalty)
CrimeStatuteClassification (Penalty)
FeloniesCGS § Sec. 53a-41
Class A-E felony (1 to 60 years)
MisdemeanorsCGS § Sec. 53a-42
Class A-C Misdemeanors (up to 1 year)
ViolationsCGS § Sec. 53a-43