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Connecticut Legislators Investigating Police Misconduct

 Posted on May 09,2014 in Criminal Defense

police misconduct, ACLU, Connecticut law, Connecticut lawyer, Connecticut criminal lawConnecticut legislators are evaluating new police department requirements for the handling of officer misconduct complaints. A bill was approved in the Judiciary Committee last week in response to increased reports across the state. If you are facing criminal charges in a case where police misconduct is an issue, you need to seek out an attorney.

East Haven police in particular were singled out for high numbers of racial profiling complaints. Previous complaints led to a Justice Department investigation in 2009 which uncovered biased policing and discrimination behavior in that police department. Specific profiling behavior targeted Latinos, sending four officers to prison and demanding improvements.

Better policing standards are critical, according to Andrew Schneider, American Civil Liberties Union executive director. Schneider says that the Connecticut ACLU has received numerous complaints about police misconduct in the past year and that not enough improvements have been made to protect citizens or accused criminals.

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The Connecticut Anti-Bullying Law

 Posted on April 27,2014 in Criminal Defense

bullying, criminal law, Connecticut bullying law, cyber bullying Connecticut lawyerThe national media focus on bullying in schools has led to legislation across the country, and the same holds true in Connecticut, where a law was signed in 2011. If your child has been charged with a crime related to bullying, you need to contact an attorney immediately.

In Connecticut, 25 percent of high school students report being bullied on school property. Across America, more than 900,000 students report being bullied online. In Connecticut, there are specific rules about how a school has to handle a bullying investigation. School staff must have streamlined procedures for bullying reporting and it must be investigated when any claim is made.

Since more and more schools are adopting zero-tolerance policies on any allegation of bullying, children that are accused may face immediate school-related consequences in addition to criminal charges. A bullying accusation can continue to follow a child for years.

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Marijuana Possession Punishments in Connecticut

 Posted on April 17,2014 in Criminal Defense

marijuana possession, smoking a joint, Stamford criminal lawyer, Connecticut drug possession lawWhether you already have a criminal record or whether a marijuana drug possession charge is your first offense, you should take your case seriously and hire a criminal attorney. In Connecticut, there are several different types of charges you might be facing if you are caught with marijuana. The only individuals approved for marijuana use in Connecticut are those who carry a medical marijuana certificate.

If you are arrested with less than 4 ounces of marijuana, you could be facing a fine of $1,000 and you could even be sentenced to up to a year in jail. Any case involving higher quantities of marijuana can have more severe consequences.

Even young adults can face penalties if caught with marijuana: for possession of less than 5 ounces or possession of drug paraphernalia related to less than 5 ounces of marijuana, a juvenile 16 years old or younger will have their license suspended for at least 60 days, or in the case they don't yet have a license, receiving it can be delayed up to 150 days. Youth aged 17-21 will face fines and driver’s license suspension as well. Juveniles may also need to attend drug counseling and complete a certain number of community service hours.

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Man Charged For Sexting With Teen

 Posted on April 09,2014 in Sex Crimes

sextingHenry Moy, 23, of Norwalk was charged in late January by Stamford police with “risk of injury to a child, use of computer to entice a child and employing a minor in an obscene performance,” according to New Canaan News Online. Moy allegedly enticed a young girl to “take lewd photos of herself and send them to him,” police told New Canaan News, while he was working part time as a lifeguard in a New Canaan YMCA. Moy also works as a trainer at a Stamford gym. He was “released after posting a $100,000 court appearance bond.” He is expected to appear in court later in February in connection with the allegations.

Lt. Dedrich Hohn told the New Canaan News that the girl’s father made the initial complaint to police, after finding his daughter’s cellphone “and saw sexually charged texts and videos that she allegedly sent to her gym coach.” Lt. Hohn said that the ones her father found were only a fraction of the hundreds of texts the girl had sent to Moy. Moy was called into the station on a ruse and police subsequently confiscated his cellphone. “If police find any of those pictures,” New Canaan News reports, “Moy can be additionally charged with possession of child pornography.” The detective said that in the texts it is readily apparent that Moy was encouraging the young girl to send him the explicit photos and videos.

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Connecticut Senator Raises Awareness of Phone Fraud

 Posted on April 03,2014 in Criminal Defense

Connecticut criminal attorney, phone fraud, telemarketing, white collar crime, Stamford white collar crime lawyer, fraud defense attorney, telemarketing fraudThis past February, a number of Connecticut residents reported being victimized by a new form of phone fraud. Residents received a call and were informed that a family member had been involved in an accident. They were then asked to fork over money or risk their family member being held hostage. Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy alerted the FBI about capturing data from these alleged phone calls in an effort to reduce fraudulent activity.

If caught, individuals involved in this type of activity could be accused of phone and telemarketing fraud, which is any scheme where a criminal communicates with a victim over the telephone. More often than not, fraudulent phone calls target the poor, immigrants, and elderly individuals. Also not all phone fraud involves demands for ransom.

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Connecticut Men Facing Drug Charges Flee

 Posted on March 27,2014 in Drug Charges

Connecticut drug crimes, criminal possession, Connecticut criminal law, Stamford drug crimeTwo Connecticut men are facing criminal charges after they fled from police during a vehicle stop in Poughkeepsie last week. At the time of the stop, passenger Justin L. Skipwith left the scene on foot, to be stopped a block away by taser. While police were going after him, the vehicle driver left the premises in his car.

The vehicle was stopped at the intersection of Henmond Boulevard and Route 55, where police discovered a .38 caliber weapon, marijuana, and possible phencyclidine (also known as PCP). After this discovery, police charged Skip with with second degree criminal weapon possession, two counts of seventh degree criminal controlled substance possession, fourth degree possession of marijuana, one count of resisting arrest and fourth degree criminal stolen property possession.

The vehicle driver was also charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and non-felony violations of state traffic and vehicle laws.

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Marijuana Possession Punishments in Connecticut

 Posted on March 22,2014 in Marijuana Possession

marijuana, drug possession, drug charges, criminal charges, Stamford drug charges, criminal defense lawyerWhether you already have a criminal record, or a marijuana drug possession charge is your first offense, you should take your case seriously and hire a criminal attorney. In Connecticut, there are several different types of charges you might be facing if you are caught with marijuana and you are not protected under Connecticut medical marijuana laws.

If you are arrested with less than 4 ounces of marijuana, you could be facing a fine of $1,000 and, you could be sentenced to up to a year in jail. Any case involving higher quantities of marijuana can have more severe consequences.

Even young adults can face penalties if caught with marijuana: for possession of less than 5 ounces or possession of drug paraphernalia related to less than 5 ounces of marijuana, a juvenile under the age of 16 will have their license suspended for at least 60 days. Youth aged 17-21 will face fines and driver’s license suspension as well. Juveniles may also need to attend drug counseling and complete a certain number of community service hours.

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Connecticut Punishments for Domestic Violence Assault Charges

 Posted on March 14,2014 in Assault and Battery

domestic violence, domestic abuse, domestic assault, criminal charges, lawyer, attorney, ConnecticutJudges take allegations of domestic violence very seriously, and an incident where tempers rose quickly could have big implications for your future. If you have been accused of domestic violence, stalking, threatening, felony assault, or third degree assault, you need to retain a Connecticut criminal attorney as soon as possible.

Connecticut law regarding domestic violence defines that it is illegal for an individual to threaten, stalk, or physically assault you, even in circumstances where that individual is a family member, living in your household, or a person that you have dated. Family or household members can include parents or their children, a spouse or former spouse, individuals who have a child in common, and other individuals who are related by blood or marriage.

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Man Charged With Kidnapping Estranged Girlfriend

 Posted on March 11,2014 in Criminal Defense

kidnapping charges, lawyer, attorney, criminal defense, ConnecticutA 23-year-old Bridgeport man was arrested and is now facing charges after allegedly attempting to kidnap his estranged girlfriend, according to WTNH News 8. “Police say the victim was in the parking lot [of a Food Bazaar] with several friends when Vega approached and showed a gun,” WTNH reports. “The victim was forced into Vega’s car and he drove off towards I-95 southbound.”

Police suspect that Vega was headed toward the Bronx when he was apprehended. The woman in the car was freed immediately upon Vega’s arrest. According to WTNH, “she was treated for undisclosed injuries suffered during the ordeal. Police say Vega kidnapped her because she was trying to end a 7-year relationship that was abusive.” In addition to the kidnapping charges, Vega is likely also facing gun charges, as officers found an illegal gun in his car at the time of his arrest.

According to TruTV.com, if Vega hadn’t been apprehended, he wouldn’t have been alone in his crime. “An astounding 2,300 Americans are reported missing every day,” TruTV.com reports, “including both adults and children.” Only a very small percentage of these “are stereotypical abductions or kidnappings by a stranger.” The large majority of these are child abductions perpetrated by someone whom the child knows.

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What You Need To Know About Computer Crimes in Connecticut

 Posted on February 28,2014 in Criminal Defense

computer crime, white collar crime, identity theft, Connecticut crime, If you have been charged with a computer crime in the state of Connecticut, you need legal representation that will work hard to represent your rights. Having a criminal record and facing the possible consequences of a computer crime conviction can be serious, so you need a lawyer who is familiar with criminal defense and experienced in the law.

There are several different forms of legal violations regarding computers in Connecticut. The following is a basic overview of Connecticut computer crime laws.

The first type refers to unauthorized access to a computer system, which refers to individuals who access either a computer or a network without proper authority to do so.

The second type of violation involves stealing computer devices, including the use of a computer system with the intent to access unauthorized computer programs or services.

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