Criminal Defense Blog

  • What Happens After a Domestic Violence Arrest?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 15-Jun-2017

    It’s easy for tempers to flare among family members. Too often, police are called in the heat of the moment. Arrests are made, and you find yourself faced with navigating the gauntlet of the domestic violence criminal court process. So what will happen to you next? Connecticut takes domestic violence charges seriously. An arrest for a domestic violence misdemeanor can still leave you open to ...
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  • Defending Drug Crimes

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 1-Jun-2017

    Drug crimes include a number of offenses, including: possession of drugs for personal use or sale, possession of drug paraphernalia, cultivation of marijuana, transporting drugs for sale, being under the influence of drugs, and more. The sentences for drug crimes can vary wildly, from court-mandated rehabilitation to life in prison, depending on the severity of the offense. There are ways to fight ...
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  • Common Types of Property Crimes in Connecticut

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 25-May-2017

    There are many different ways a person can commit a crime against property, and the way the crime is committed can have a serious impact on the way in which a person may be punished. If you’ve been accused of a property crime, understanding the wrongdoing you’re charged with is one of the best ways to protect yourself. All property crimes involve either the destruction or theft or ...
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  • What is a White Collar Crime? Examples of Common Cases

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 18-May-2017

    Federal law enforcement agencies can get involved in all sorts of criminal investigations and cases, but nothing catches the attention of the government like a serious white collar crime. By definition, a white collar crime is a criminal act that exploits or steals from a large number of people or corporation, especially if the act does not include any sort of violence or intimidation. The name ...
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  • Will I Lose My Commercial Driver's License if I Get a DUI?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 1-May-2017

    Connecticut’s laws for drinking and driving are different for commercial vehicle operators compared to its slightly less stringent laws for those driving passenger vehicles. While the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) for non-commercial drivers is.08%, this limit is reduced to.04% for commercial vehicle drivers. Those with a commercial driver’s license face disqualification from ...
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  • Answers to Common Questions About Ignition Interlock Devices

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 26-Apr-2017

    In Connecticut, if a driver has had their license suspended for refusing or failing a chemical alcohol test, operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs, vehicular assault, or vehicular manslaughter, they will be required to install an Ignition Interlock Device (IID) on their vehicle before they can have their license reinstated. Below are some of the most frequently asked ...
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  • Penalties for Weapons Crimes in Connecticut

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 18-Apr-2017

    Weapons crimes are not something the state of Connecticut handles lightly. Most weapons charges are felonies, accompanied with substantial fines and lengthy prison terms if you are convicted. Below are some of the penalties you may face for various weapons crimes. Carrying a Dangerous Weapon Not all weapons are legal to carry, of course. If you are found carrying a BB gun, metal knuckles, police ...
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  • How Connecticut Law Defines Domestic Violence

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 11-Apr-2017

    Domestic Violence, or family violence, is defined in Connecticut as any family or household member who assaults, harms, or causes physical injury to another family or household member. This includes the threat of violence or stalking, but does not include verbal abuse or arguments unless there is present danger or a likelihood that violence is imminent. It applies to any family or household ...
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  • Repeat Offender Laws in Connecticut

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 13-Mar-2017

    Eight types of offenders will receive enhanced sentences under repeat offender laws: Susan Pice writes about the CT Persistent Offender Laws. In the Summary of a research article that was published as an OLR Research Report on August 30, 2007, she writes in her Summary as follows: Persistent offender laws are generally intended to combat recidivism by enhancing penalties for defendants who ...
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  • Can DUIs Be Felonies in Connecticut?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 27-Feb-2017

    In the United States, More than 1 million people were arrested for driving under the influence in 2014. While there’s nothing wrong with having a few drinks, getting behind the wheel of a car with a high blood alcohol content (BAC) increases your risk of injury or death. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated 1/3 of first-time convicted drunk drivers commit the same ...
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  • What's the Process After a DUI Arrest?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 26-Jan-2017

    A DUI is an arrestable offense and so if you are pulled over for one and subsequently arrested for it the police in CT will generally handcuff you and place you in their respective police car and take you to the police station in the town arrested or to the area State Police Barracks, if arrested by the Connecticut State Police. Wherever you are taken, you will be processed in accordance with ...
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  • Do I Have to Take a Standardized Field Sobriety Test?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 13-Jan-2017

    Unlike chemical tests, which one must submit to in the state of Connecticut, field sobriety tests (FSTs) are not legally required, nor will refusing one lead to the same administrative or criminal consequences you would face when refusing a chemical test. FSTs include: Walk-and-turn One-leg-stand Horizontal gaze nystagmus Alphabet recitation Finger-to-nose Finger tracing Often, when requesting ...
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  • Avoid License Suspension at the DMV Per Se Hearing

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 31-Oct-2016

    A DUI license suspension stays on your Connecticut Driver History for ten years and it may affect you financially by affecting a job application. Some companies will not give you a company car and if you are a trucker your CDL is affected. To avoid a license suspension after a DUI arrest, it is important that you request an Administrative Per Se Hearing with the Connecticut Department of Motor ...
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  • Sex Offender Registration Requirements in Connecticut

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 22-Sep-2016

    When someone faces serious criminal charges, they are often met with the uncertainty of what can happen next and what is expected of them. One of the most difficult charges a person can face is one involving a sex crime. These are unique cases because a conviction may require a person to register as a sex offender. What does this mean and how does it affect someone’s life? Here are some of ...
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  • What Happens If I Violate My Probation?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 9-Sep-2016

    After someone is arrested and convicted of a crime, they may receive a probation term to serve after their prison sentence or in lieu of jail time. This is a period of time, typically lasting a few years depending on the issuing state, during which the individual must follow certain rules. Some violations of probation can include leaving the county or state without permission, committing another ...
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