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.
Two people were recently shot in New Haven, Connecticut. One of them survived the shooting, and the other died from his injuries. In both of the cases, those who carried out the shootings said that they were only doing so in self-defense, using that as justification for the acts.
A Connecticut man entered an innocent plea on June 19 to charges of carrying a loaded handgun without a license, assault with a handgun, possession of a double-edged knife and unlicensed possession of a handgun. The charges stemmed from a March 23 incident in which he allegedly pointed the gun at another driver on Interstate 91.
A Connecticut man initially charged with attempted murder from a Feb. 22, 2012 incident in which he shot two of his supervisors at a New Britain hospital was sentenced on May 20. The 66-year-old man pleaded guilty in February to reduced charges of felony assault.
A Connecticut man originally from Ecuador may be able to remain in the United States after a felony conviction was removed from his record. The man is a 14-year resident of the United States. He is in the country legally and has a 6-year-old son who also lives in the United States.
The General Assembly is working on legislation to change the future for many juveniles who are convicted of serious felonies. It is based on two particular U.S. Supreme Court decisions. In 2010, life sentence without parole for a juvenile convicted of felony charges was ruled unconstitutional on a non-homicide conviction. A 2012 case included the same finding involving a homicide by a juvenile.
Whether preplanned or the result of an emotionally charged situation, a fight can lead to assault charges or even more serious charges. Some altercations can lead to felony charges. Despite what television shows may illustrate, just because a victim doesn't press charges doesn't mean a person won't face arrest. Even with an uncooperative victim, police arrested a Connecticut man in relation to an assault that occurred in October 2013.