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January 2015 Archives

Connecticut DUI indicators: The use of field sobriety tests

With technology in place that measures the alcohol content in blood, why are roadside physical tests still used to evaluate Willimantic County driver sobriety? Remember, officers must have probable cause to make a drunk driving arrest. Field sobriety tests can add ammunition to a DUI claim in court.

What Connecticut criminal defense attorneys do?

One of the harshest experiences a Windham resident can face is being charged with a crime. A shock like this shakes even the most even-tempered individual to the roots. Criminal charges have the potential to change the views of family members, colleagues, employers and others, while negatively altering defendants' views of themselves.

How does bail affect a Connecticut criminal case?

Bail cannot be used as a form of preliminary punishment for Connecticut defendants. Bail is used as a retainer to make sure defendants return to court, attend hearings and other procedures and face charges against them. Bail is not automatic nor is it guaranteed.

Connecticut man's DUI charge worsened by special law

Many drivers travel out of state on a daily basis, while others only cross the border for vacations or other special occasions. When you drive to a different state, you leave Connecticut drunk driving laws behind. However, you may find the rules are much harsher in states you visit than in your home state.

Will I be charged with drug possession if I call 911?

Many states, including Connecticut, have enacted laws that provide at least partial immunity for Good Samaritans who seeks medical help for themselves or others for drug overdoses. The laws were passed after lawmakers realized overdose victims and observers weren't calling 911 or trying to get medical assistance for fear of facing drug charges.

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