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Responding to criminal drug charges

Getting arrested for a drug crime in Connecticut may be frightening and confusing, especially since some of the state's laws about controlled substances are complicated. Sometimes, the severity of charges and penalties may vary depending on the type of drug, the amount you have or the location where your arrest occurred. At Beebe & O'Neil, we understand the detailed nature of the state's drug laws and have helped many clients react to criminal charges.

Factors involved in claiming an insanity defense

People who are standing trial in Connecticut may wonder if they are eligible for claiming insanity. This ruling may find the person not guilty due to their mental condition, or the judge may give a lighter or different sentence because of it. While television shows and movies seem to use this term quite a bit, it is not a common defense strategy, and it is important to understand the legalities that go along with it.

How much does employee theft cost U.S. businesses?

Businesses in Connecticut often employ security guards and surveillance technology to keep an eye on visitors and customers. Many of them fear that customers may steal from the business via shoplifting. However, employee theft costs companies too. According to CNBC, the estimate stands at $50 billion across the U.S. each year.

Mail fraud law applies to private carriers

Mail fraud is one form of white collar crime that exists on the books. There are a number of ways mail fraud can take place, with Ponzi schemes being one of the best known forms known to the public. Some Connecticut residents may wonder through what medium mail fraud can actually take place. Are private carriers an exception? According to federal law, mail fraud can involve both the federal postal service and private operations.

Almost 1 in 3 college students report sexual assault at Yale

As home to top colleges in America, such as Yale, Connecticut residents feel compelled to pay attention to statistics affecting students across the country. In 2015, Forbes reported that one former Penn State student made the news after filing a suit against his fraternity and university for activities involving sexual abuse and assault.

How can I secure a pardon in Connecticut?

In Connecticut, people with previous convictions may be eligible for a pardon. Also known as an expungement, this process removes crimes from your record, which is helpful when applying for jobs or professional licenses. The Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles explains what you should do when pursuing a pardon. 

Is it possible to erase my criminal record?

Having a criminal record can make life harder in a number of ways. Some apartment complexes may not allow you to become a tenant, and some jobs will not want to hire you. However, it is possible that you may be able to have your criminal record expunged or kept from public view. It will depend on a number of factors, but if successful, you will not have to worry about a Connecticut employer knowing that you were once arrested and charged with a crime.

Is recreational marijuana legal in Connecticut?

As a Connecticut resident, you may know that the state approved the use of marijuana for medical purposes in 2012. However, Connecticut has not yet joined other states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Although non-medical marijuana use is not yet legal in Connecticut, there are some adjustments to state laws that minimize penalties for marijuana possession.

Why criminal jury selection matters

Criminal defense attorneys recognize that the people that make up a jury in Connecticut could be the factor that decides whether their clients are acquitted or convicted. This is why defense attorneys play a part in determining who is chosen to serve on a jury. As a crucial part of the American justice system, a jury should be fair and impartial while weighing the evidence and arguments presented. However, if one or more of the jurors hold biases against the person being tried, the eventual decision could result in an unfair conviction.

Can you still get a job despite being a convicted criminal?

Even though you were a convicted criminal at one point in Connecticut and have served time behind bars, you are coming to a close with your required jail time and are preparing to reenter society as a free person. However, you are concerned about how your criminal past may affect your ability to secure a stable job. Fortunately, with your dedication to maintaining your integrity and taking responsibility for your actions, you still have a definite chance of getting the outcome you hope for. 

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