Laws involving the possession and use of marijuana have gradually been getting more lenient here in Connecticut and generally throughout the country. Since 2011, it is no longer a criminal offense to have under a half ounce in your possession. It is considered a civil violation and you could be fined.
It's not an exaggeration to say that being convicted of a sex crime in Connecticut can have life-long ramifications. Under Connecticut law, people convicted of certain offenses must register as sex offenders. Connecticut's registry is maintained by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection Sex Offender Registry Unit.
Being stopped by the police can be a frightening event -- so much so that many people find themselves answering questions or complying with requests that they weren't required to. That can lead to serious legal problems later on.
It's widely agreed that everyone does not fare equally in the justice system in part due to differences in race and ethnicity. That includes the juvenile justice system. There's even a name for it -- Disproportionate Minority Contact. In an effort to combat this problem and its impact on young people, the federal government requires states to measure DMC in their juvenile justice systems and to find ways to minimize it.