Connecticut Drug Possession Frequently Asked Questions
How can a Ruane Drug Possession attorney help me?
Even if you are caught possessing a quantity of drugs, it may be that the police searched you illegally, or that they drugs were not properly tested, or that the prosecution cannot prove that YOU possessed them according to the law beyond all reasonable doubt. Unless you have specialized training in researching the law and advocating a position, it is wise to have an attorney do that for you. Remember that the state will have a trained prosecutor working against you, so it is wise to have the best defense you can find working on your side.
What happens if I don't have an illegal search or arrest?
That is truly where the negotiating skills and the reputation of the attorney come directly into play. The majority of cases do not go to trial. Instead, the reputation of your lawyer and their ability to fight the tough cases comes directly into consideration by the prosecution when negotiating the resolution. If the prosecutor knows that in the end, your lawyer will plead you guilty and not go to trial, they have no incentive to resolve the case in YOUR favor. By hiring a Ruane Attorney, you know that prosecutors respect our knowledge and skill and you will receive the best possible pretrial resolution. And if that isn't enough, we will be prepared to go the distance.
Where can I read up on the laws about search to see if I was illegally searched?
Go to this section of our website which outlines the issues of search and seizure in Connecticut
What happens if I just plead guilty?
Depending on the circumstances of your case, most prosecutor's offices will allow you to plead guilty and be put on probation if this is your first offense. That leads to you having a permanent criminal record for the rest of your life. This conviction can prevent you from being eligible for federal student loans for you or your children, certain professional licenses, federal state and city jobs and most private employers, as well as many other collateral consequences. You can even lose your driver's license for a drug conviction! The stakes are simply too high to risk this without consulting with an attorney
How do I know if I am charged with a Felony or Misdemeanor?
In Connecticut, the only drug offense that is a misdemeanor is the possession of less than 4 ounces of marijuana or a controlled substance. Besides those, every other drug possession offense is a Felony drug offense. This means that if you are convicted of the possession of cocaine possession, you will have a felony conviction on your criminal record forever. Usually felony convictions need to be disclosed on job applications
I know I need a lawyer, where do I go from here?
Contact us via the contact form or call 877-DRUG-GUY (877-378-4489). A specially trained Drug Possession intake assistant will take preliminary information for us to begin to assess your defenses. Building your defense begins even before your first court date. The sooner we can meet with you, either in person in one of our 4 offices throughout the state or via the telephone, the sooner we can begin to protect your rights and do what we can do to avoid a criminal conviction.
What will this cost me?
Cost is a relative concept. The incremental cost of having a permanent criminal conviction for drugs could add up to hundreds of thousands in your lifetime. Ruane Attorneys charges a FLAT fee, which means that when you consult with us, we will tell you exactly what your case will cost. Our representation includes ALL court dates until we negotiate for you a disposition. Our fees start at $1500 for misdemeanor drug possession charges and $2500 for felony drug possession charges. By charging a FLAT fee, you know that you will never have to take a case resolution simply because you cannot afford to continue to pay a lawyer per court appearance. We never charge for a consultation, so you can get the benefit of an informed decision before you decide you need a drug possession attorney.
Why Ruane Attorneys?
People choose Ruane Attorneys because they want a lawyer who handles Drug Possession cases. Not a "general" practice lawyer who sometimes handles criminal cases, sometimes handles personal injury cases and sometimes handles whatever else walks through his door. They also don't want a general criminal lawyer who handles drug dealers, sexual predators and murderers, because they want specific drug possession defense knowledge. Our practice group is led by Attorney James J. Ruane, a certified Criminal Trial Specialist in Connecticut since 1985, and our clients get the benefits of that dedication.