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Driving Under the Influence and Hit and Run Accidents

Two significant problems on the road in today’s society are DUIs and hit and run accidents.  Combined, driving under the influence and hit ad runs make up nearly half of all traffic fatalities in the state of Connecticut.  92 of Connecticut’s 220 traffic fatalities in 2011 were caused by drunk drivers (drivers whose blood alcohol content was .08% or higher), and ten deaths were caused...

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Should Elderly People be Released from Prison?

As the American senior citizen population continues to increase, in part due to the Baby Boomer Generation, we face an interesting conundrum – should we let elderly criminals out of jail?  According to a WSJ report, by 2030, a third of America’s prisoners will be age 50 or older.  People feel passionately about both sides of the argument – on the one hand, it seems...

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Larceny by the Elderly

  Increasingly, elderly citizens have been charged with and convicted of larceny.  Larceny, also referred to as shoplifting, is commonly a crime committed by juveniles.  However, as elderly people continue to live longer and struggle with finances, many resort to shoplifting.  While there is no excuse for committing a crime, some elderly people do defend themselves by claiming that because they have no income from...

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Who to Hire to Defend you in a Criminal Case in Connecticut

In our previous post on how to hire a criminal defense attorney, we gave some tips for how to hire the best attorney possible for your case. All of the criteria we mentioned (find an experienced lawyer, find a lawyer who offers a free consultation, find a lawyer that offers a flat fee) is met by us – Ruane Attorneys. If you are interested in...

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How to Hire a Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorney

In our last post, we mentioned a concern that most people faced with the task of hiring an attorney struggle with – money.  Of course you want to hire a good lawyer.  Of course you want to build the best defense possible in order to fight the charges that you face.  But this isn’t a perfect world!  Money doesn’t grow on trees!  How are you supposed...

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Why Hire a Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer?

In this previous post, we talked about when you should hire a lawyer.  However, if you’re still unsure about retaining a criminal defense lawyer, this post can help you to make up your mind.  No matter what the circumstances are, being criminally charged by the police can be devastating.  Most likely, a million thoughts are frantically running through your mind.  You’re probably thinking, “How did...

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When to Hire a Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer

Understanding the criminal justice process can help you be aware of a charge that is brought against you as well as how to fight such a charge. If you are being charged with a criminal offense, it is in your best interest to retain a criminal defense lawyer.  However, understanding at what point to retain such a lawyer in the process of your case is...

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Health Care for Elderly Prison Inmates

In the United States, there has been considerable debate over the treatment of inmates and how much medical care they deserve.  It has been decided that all prisons should offer at least basic medical services to inmates, as they should not be punished for developing mental or physical disorders.  Especially in the case of older inmates, physical ailments and mental problems are inevitable.  Because these...

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Sentencing of Elderly Criminals

Establishing a consistent way to deal with elderly offenders is not easy.  This is because factors such as age, health, crimes committed, and character of the defendant are taken into consideration when determining how to hold elderly offenders responsible for their actions.  Certainly, every case is different and the court determines how to proceed given the individual circumstances of each offense and offender.  However, when...

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Elderly Criminals and the Transition into Prison

Learning that you have been sentenced to serve a prison term is never easy, regardless of age, gender, or race.  However, as an elderly criminal sentenced to a term in jail or prison, you will face unique obstacles.  Transitioning into prison life can be especially difficult for older inmates, who face both mental and physical obstacles while trying to adjust to an entirely new way of life. ...

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