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Bail Bond Series: The Bail Process

By now, you are probably familiar with this bail bond series I have been putting together. In past weeks I have covered what bail is and who can pay bail. Today, I want to talk more generally about the bail process. You are probably familiar with the process due to scenes from crime TV shows. However, as we know, television does not always represent reality!...

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Bail Bond Series: Who Can Post My Bail?

Last week, I kicked off my bail bonds series explaining what bail is. This week, I’d like to focus on who can actually pay your bail. Once you are arrested and given the opportunity to post bail, you can be released from jail until the date of your trial. But how should you post bail? What is the best option for you? Make this decision by...

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Bail Bond Series: What is Bail?

This week, I’m starting off a blog series about bail bonds. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will explain what bail is, your options for posting bail, how to post bail, consequences of failure to appear in court, and more. If you’ve ever watched a crime show such as Law and Order or NCIS, you’ve probably been exposed to scenes where the...

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Assault in Connecticut

The Internet has exploded this week with football news because, you know, it’s the beginning of the football season. And of course, everyone has been putting their two cents in about Ray Rice being indefinitely suspended from the NFL due to an assault charge he faced a few months ago. But I don’t really want this article to be about Ray Rice. There are a...

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Am I an accessory or accomplice?

The first thing you must know is that there is no accessory or accomplice crime in the State of Connecticut. An accessory or an accomplice is a legal term for being found criminally liable for the acts of others. (If you are found to be an accessory or an accomplice you are guilty of the crime as charged. Accomplice to class B, guilty of class B.)...

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What is Criminal Attempt?

Criminal attempt is of the same grade and degree as the most serious offense which is attempted. Thus attempting to commit a class B felony is punished as a class B felony. Exception: Attempting to commit a class A felony, is a class B felony.) A person is guilty of attempting to commit a crime in the State of Connecticut if: The person acts with the...

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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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