Theft, burglary and robbery are often interchangeable terms in common conversation, but legally, they are different things. While robbery and theft both involve obtaining someone else's property through illegal means, a burglary does not have to involve theft. Instead, a burglary is when a person enters any structure illegally with the intent to commit a crime. It is these two factors that are the most important to burglary charges.
While the state of Connecticut does not have any provisions for the expungemnet of a criminal record, it does have a similar — and in some ways better — option known as an "erasure of criminal records." An erasure of criminal records is very much like it sounds: all records pertaining to the offense are actually physically destroyed.
Felony drug charges are especially serious as these types of offenses are prosecuted heavily and the penalties severe. There are several different angles that the defense can take depending on the particulars of the case, but in any situation involving a police search or seizure of illegal substances, probable cause and the police procedures are very important.
Facing a drunk driving charge can be an especially uncertain time for a defendant, but an attorney experienced in helping people defend against DUI charges can help explain the different options. In these types of cases, the two main defenses are affirmative or call into question the evidence or police procedures.
When someone is charged with a crime, one of the first things that comes to mind is the possible consequences of a conviction. Depending on the severity of the charge, a conviction can mean anything from probation to significant prison time. In some cases, it may be possible to challenge the evidence and get the case dismissed, but there is another option as well: diversionary programs.