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Felonies Archives

When can someone assert a spousal privilege?

There are two types of spousal privileges that people may be able to invoke if a current or former spouse is being investigated for a crime or has been arrested. There are important differences between them, so it's essential to know which one applies, whether you're the person facing potential criminal penalties or the spouse (or in some cases ex-spouse) of that person.

Your criminal case is unique; your defense should be, too

There are many different things that you have to think about when you are facing a criminal charge. The exact points depend on the circumstances of your case and your life. For example, we recently discussed how a criminal conviction can impact a green card holder, but these impacts don't have to be considered by a natural born citizen.

Do you have a green card? A conviction can get you deported

If you are living in the U.S. as a permanent resident with a green card, you know that you have to renew it on a regular basis. If you are convicted of a crime, your chances of getting your green card renewed so that you can remain in this country legally may be jeopardized.

Connecticut lawmakers pass law to increase hate-crime penalties

Connecticut lawmakers have passed a new law that -- if approved by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy -- will increase the penalties associated with hate crimes. According to the co-chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, it's the best law they've developed in 2017.

What actions are considered hate crimes?

When a violent crime is believed to have been committed against a person because of that person's race, religion, ethnicity, disability or other characteristic, it may be prosecuted as a hate crime. These crimes can carry much tougher sentences than violent crimes committed for other reasons. Sometimes they are considered federal crimes.

Local police ask for resources for Sessions' crime crackdown

Newly-minted Attorney General Jeff Sessions has vowed that under his helm, the Department of Justice will start cracking down on violent crime throughout the country. Sessions, a former prosecutor, has also advocated for longer mandatory minimum prison sentences.

Earning time off for good behavior in Connecticut prisons

It's well known that the U.S. has a large prison population. It's been estimated that while we have 5 percent of the world's total population, we have a quarter of the known prison population. Many have not committed violent offenses. However, too often, being in a prison environment over time can cause a person to become violent -- sometimes just to survive.

What happens if you are convicted of a felony in Connecticut?

Felonies are serious business. Like most states, Connecticut has different classifications and penalties for felonies based on the severity of the crime. Classifications range from the severest, which is considered a capital felony and then from Class A through Class D, with Class D being the least severe. Penalties for a guilty conviction for felonies is as follows:

Defendant seeks rehabilitation program amid charges involving boy

A longtime Connecticut Republican Party official has resigned amid felony charges over his alleged conduct involving a 5-year-old relative. The boy's parents went to authorities after the man allegedly made comments about his activities with the boy at a family New Year's Eve gathering.

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