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What is Conspiracy?

Conspiracy is of the same grade and degree as the most serious offense that is the object of a conspiracy. Thus, conspiring to commit a class B felony, is punished as a class B felony. Exception conspiring to commit a class A felony is a class B felony. A person is guilty of conspiracy in the State of Connect when such person: With intent that...

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Crime Definitions Continued

What exactly constitutes tax fraud? Gambling? Find out here! Drug Manufacturing It is important to note the distinction between drug manufacturing and the typical drug charges that are prosecuted by lower level courts. Simple possession is typically handled on the state level, depending on the volume and type of drug in question. But if you are found to be the manufacturer of a particularly dangerous...

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Crime Definitions

The majority of criminal charges are prosecuted on the state and local levels, but any crimes charged by the federal government are tried in Federal court in Connecticut. The Connecticut federal courthouses are in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. These federal crimes, sometimes referred to as “white collar” offenses, are prosecuted with the full backing of very powerful government agencies, such as the FBI, the...

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Manslaughter in the Second Degree

MANSLAUGHTER IN THE SECOND DEGREE 53a-56 To be guilty of the crime of Manslaughter in the Second Degree in the State of Connecticut the prosecution much prove that: A person acted recklessly (link to definition) in causing the death of another person; or He intentionally causes or aids another person to commit suicide, other than by: o   Force o   Duress or o   Deception If a...

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Manslaughter in the First Degree

A person is guilty of the crime of Manslaughter in the first degree in the State of Connecticut in three ways. The first way a person may be guilty of the crime of Manslaughter in the First Degree is when: With intent to cause serious physical injury to another He causes the death of such a person The second way a person may be found...

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Murder with Special Circumstances

Murder with special circumstances carries the harshest penalty for any crime in the State of Connecticut. There are eight ways a person can be convicted of murder with special circumstances and spend the remainder of their life in prison without the possibility of parole. They are: The killing of any member of the following: o   State police, local police, a chief inspector or inspector in...

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What is Asset Forfeiture?

If you are facing asset forfeiture, you need to be informed about your options and what will happen. Keep reading for the basics that you need to know about asset forfeiture. The state of Connecticut, like the vast majority of states, authorizes civil forfeitures. The State can take your property if they have clear and convincing evidence that the property in question is related to...

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Homicide Defenses in Connecticut

A person is guilty of murder in the State of Connecticut when such person: Intends to and does cause the death of another person Causes the suicide of another by force, duress or deception It shall be an affirmative defense to the crime of murder if: A person committed the act of murder under the influence of extreme emotional disturbance What is considered an extreme...

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What is Burglary in Connecticut?

THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BURGLARY Burglary crimes involve the entering of dwelling with the “intent to commit a crime.” A dwelling is a building usually occupied by someone lodging there at night. The term “Building” includes, but is not limited to: o Watercraft o Aircraft o Trailer o Sleeping car o Railroad Car Burglary is punishable under five different statutes. Depending on the conduct involved...

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