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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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Plead the 4th at The Gathering of the Vibes

In our last post we talked generally about what to do if the police try to search you and how you should “Take the 4th” at the Gathering of the Vibes and decline to be searched. Today, we will address certain situations you might find yourself in at the festival. What do I do if I am searched? If a police officer places you under...

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What Constitutes Self Defense?

The law of self-defense in the State of Connecticut is not as straight-forward as some may believe. There are certain preconditions that must be met prior to a person being allowed to assert self defense at trial or in negotiations with the State. A person is justified in using reasonable physical force upon another person to defend himself or a third person From what he...

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Know Your Rights at the Gathering of the Vibes 2014

As many of you already know, the 19th year of Gathering of the Vibes is quickly approaching. This year’s music festival is taking place July 31st-August 3rd and is being held, once again, at Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT. The lineup features a whopping 51 artists, including John Fogerty, Dispatch, the Disco Biscuits, Widespread Panic, Ziggy Marley and more.If you’re planning on attending all or...

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