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Can You Still Be Arrested for Cannabis Crimes in CT?

 Posted on April 18,2024 in Marijuana Possession

Stamford, CT drug crimes defense lawyerCannabis use and possession have been legal in the state of Connecticut since July 1, 2021. Even so, if you exceed the allowed quantities or you attempt to sell, distribute, or manufacture marijuana as an individual, you can still be arrested.

If you are facing a charge for any cannabis offense, our Stamford drug charge defense attorney is ready to provide you with effective representation.

Possession and Use

The Nutmeg State permits residents to have up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana in their possession. Residents are allowed to have as much as five ounces in a locked container at home or in public.

Possession may consist of cannabis flower or concentrate. Residents 21 years of age and older and medical marijuana patients 18 years of age and older are allowed to grow three fully mature and three less-than-mature plants. A maximum of 12 marijuana plants is permitted for a household. 

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Why are Arrest Warrants Issued?

 Posted on April 11,2024 in Criminal Defense

Fairfield County, CT criminal defense lawyerIf there is a warrant for your arrest, you may not even know it until you are being escorted to the police station. Since you will likely not be notified, the Connecticut Judicial Branch allows individuals to search their names in the database to see if there are any warrants out for their arrest.

Although many people think that an arrest warrant is only issued if law enforcement has concrete evidence to charge you with a crime, there are a variety of circumstances in which you may be issued an arrest warrant. 

In this blog, our Stamford criminal defense lawyer discusses five reasons why an arrest warrant may be issued in Connecticut. 

There is Probable Cause That You Committed a Crime

If the police have sufficient evidence that leads them to believe that you committed a crime, they can issue a warrant for your arrest. Known as probable cause, law enforcement must have trustworthy evidence connecting you to the alleged crime. 

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Tips for a Smooth Home-Buying Process

 Posted on April 05,2024 in Real Estate Law

Fairfield County, CT residential real estate lawyerBuying a home can be both an exhilarating and daunting process. Many people place an offer on their dream home, not understanding what lies ahead. Preparation is key for a smooth home-buying process, and knowing what to expect can save you a lot of heartache.

Keep reading to learn the eight tips our Stamford, CT, residential real estate attorney has to offer prospective homebuyers.

Get Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

Far too many first-time homebuyers find the house of their dreams without first securing a pre-approval. In getting pre-approved, a lender will prepare a letter that details the total cost you can pay for a house and how much you can afford to borrow. The seller will have to see a pre-approval letter before accepting your offer, so it is important that you get pre-approved early in the home-buying process.

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What Are Your Rights as a Criminal Defendant in Connecticut?

 Posted on March 28,2024 in Criminal Defense

CT defense lawyerThe Bill of Rights grants every U.S. citizen a number of civil liberties, including freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, and protection from illegal searches and seizures. Perhaps most importantly, defendants are given various rights when being prosecuted for a crime.

As a criminal defendant, it is important that you are informed of your constitutional rights. If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you need to speak with our Stamford criminal defense lawyer at the Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner today.

Due Process of Law

The Fifth Amendment grants us the right to due process. Every criminal defendant is entitled to a fair trial. Nobody should be punished without the government proving his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Protection from Being Tried Twice for the Same Offense

Known as double jeopardy, the Fifth Amendment also protects criminal defendants from being prosecuted twice for the same offense. If this protection were not in place, the government could re-file charges against a criminal defendant if new evidence comes to light.

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Unreasonable Search and Seizure in Connecticut Drug Possession Cases

 Posted on March 22,2024 in Drug Charges

CT defense lawyerHaving drug charges filed against you can be both intimidating and confusing. While you may be alarmed by the charges, you may not even realize that law enforcement took illegal measures to gather such incriminating evidence.

The U.S. Constitution affords all citizens the right to be free from unlawful search and seizure. If you believe that you were the victim of an unreasonable search and seizure, do not hesitate to call our Stamford criminal defense lawyer.

What Rights are Provided through the Fourth Amendment?

The Fourth Amendment gives us the right to be secure from unreasonable government searches. Simply put, you are protected against unreasonable searches and seizures in places where you have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Your Home

It is assumed that a police officer needs a warrant to conduct a search of your home. There are exceptions, such as, but not limited to, if you give consent, if the search takes place immediately following an arrest, or if evidence is in plain view.

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Possible Sexual Assault Defenses in Connecticut

 Posted on March 14,2024 in Sex Crimes

CT defense lawyerConnecticut law defines sexual assault as compelling another person to have sexual intercourse by use of force, causing fear in the victim. Law enforcement does not go lightly on offenders. If you are charged with sexual assault, you could be facing jail time, fines, and a permanent criminal record.

Each person has their own story. While the state may be quick to press sexual assault charges, this may be done in error. If you have been charged with sexual assault, you will want to take any necessary steps to avoid a conviction.

The first step against a sexual assault charge should be contacting a Stamford sexual assault defense lawyer as soon as possible.


A defendant may testify that they were in a different location during the time of the crime. This is known as having an alibi. Your alibi will be more persuasive to a jury if you can get other people to testify that they were with you at the time. Any evidence supporting that you were not at the scene of the crime can go a long way to prove your innocence.

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What is the Difference Between an Appraisal and an Inspection in Connecticut?

 Posted on March 07,2024 in Assault and Battery

CT real estate lawyerWhen you are buying a home, several items will have to be addressed before the house is officially yours. From the time your offer is accepted to when you are handed the keys, the entire process can take anywhere between four to six weeks. This depends on the lender, your ability to provide financial paperwork, and even what state you reside in.

Our Stamford residential real estate attorney has represented hundreds of buyers in residential real estate transactions and is ready to help you with your home purchase.

What is an Appraisal, and Why is it Important?

When you apply for a loan with a bank, the lender will typically conduct an appraisal. An appraisal determines the value of the property. The lender will typically cover the cost of the appraisal.

The lender will comb through your property with a fine-tooth comb, evaluating the property’s worth. The lender will generally compare your property against comparable homes that sold in the last year in your area, along with the sales price of each. An appraisal allows the bank to determine the fair market value of your property against the requested loan amount. In the event that you default, your property will be used as collateral against the loan.

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What Is the Legal Limit for DUI in Connecticut?

 Posted on February 28,2024 in Driving Under the Influence

CT DUI LawyerDriving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal, although the legal limit is determined on a state-by-state basis. In Connecticut, a person is considered to be driving under the influence if he or she has a blood alcohol content of 0.08% mg/dL.

The limit is much lower for commercial drivers, with federal and state regulations being at 0.04% mg/dL. In this article, our Stamford DUI defense lawyer will discuss the DUI laws pertaining to passenger vehicle drivers.

Legal Intoxication in Connecticut

It is against the law in most states, including Connecticut, to operate a vehicle if you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. At this level, motorists can have reduced muscle coordination, impaired judgment, and diminished reasoning.

Connecticut’s zero-tolerance law prohibits individuals under the age of 21 from driving with any traceable amount of alcohol in their blood. Therefore, if you are younger than the legal drinking age, you are considered impaired if you have a blood alcohol concentration of just 0.02%.  

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Some Traffic Violations are Criminal Offenses

 Posted on February 22,2024 in Traffic Violations

CT defense lawyerTraffic violations are usually harmless, with the driver getting a traffic ticket. Traffic violations are usually civil offenses, resulting in fines, points against your license, and increased insurance rates.

However, some traffic violations may be charged as a crime. A criminal charge should never be taken lightly. For these violations, you could potentially be sentenced to time in prison. This is not to mention the court fees and time that will be spent trying your case.

Below, our Stamford criminal defense attorney discusses offenses that may be charged as crimes in Connecticut.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

In every state, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while intoxicated. In Connecticut, a motorist is considered impaired if he or she is operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher. This applies to anyone 21 years old or over.

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Aggravated DUI in Connecticut

 Posted on February 16,2024 in Driving Under the Influence

CT defense lawyerIf you are facing a charge of aggravated DUI in Connecticut, know the potential consequences you may be facing. The laws surrounding aggravated DUI offenses are strict, and the criminal justice system takes this offense very seriously.

That's why you should never wait to seek the assistance of a Stamford DUI defense lawyer who can provide the guidance and support you need. At Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner, we defend DUI defendants, and we can assess your defense options.

The Severity of Aggravated DUI Charges

A DUI charge in itself is a serious matter, but the consequences of an aggravated DUI conviction can be even more severe. Aggravating factors can include: