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  • Can I Be Charged with a DUI if I Had Open Bottles in my Car?

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

    Connecticut is one of only eight states that allows car passengers to drink from an open container of alcohol while on the road, but a driver absolutely cannot. What happens if you, as the driver, are pulled over and the police find open bottles and cans of alcohol all around your car? Can you get a DUI? No, you cannot be charged with a DUI simply for having open containers of alcohol in your car. ...
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  • Can You Be Charged with Marijuana DUI if You Have a Prescription?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 21-Nov-2017

    Many drivers in Connecticut may be unaware they can be convicted of driving under the influence without drinking a sip of alcohol. We’re talking about driving under the influence of drugs…more specifically marijuana. You can be arrested for driving while under the influence of marijuana, but what if you have a legal prescription? Marijuana DUI with a Prescription Driving under the ...
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  • Is My DUI Public Record in Connecticut?

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

    What Is Public Record? Criminal court records, which provide a detailed record of all court proceedings and all components of a case, are public record. A criminal record may include arrests, pending charges, dismissed charges and acquitted charges. If you are charged with, tried for, or convicted of driving while under the influence, a record of the court proceedings and final outcome will be ...
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  • Is Insider Trading a Victimless Crime?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 8-Nov-2017

    What Is Insider Trading? Insider trading is most often discussed in the context of criminal activity by one or more members of a company. However, according to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, there is such a thing as legal insider trading: “The legal version is when corporate insiders—officers, directors, and employees—buy and sell stock in their own companies. When ...
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  • Challenging Chemical Test Results

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

    Can I Challenge Chemical Test Results? Yes. Blood, breath, and urine testing plays a significant role in scientifically determining whether or not an individual is guilty of driving under the influence. Chemical test results are heavily relied upon by prosecution and treated as hard evidence. However, as the defendant in a DUI case, you have the right to challenge the results and accuracy of such ...
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  • Can I Get a Ticket for Tailgating in Connecticut?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 23-Oct-2017

    Short Answer Yes! In the state of Connecticut, you can receive a ticket for tailing the driver in front of you. In fact, multiple tailgating infractions can result in hundreds of dollars in fines and up to one year in prison. Long Answer According to Chapter 248, Sec. 240, of the Connecticut General Statutes, “No person shall drive a vehicle in such proximity to another vehicle as to ...
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  • Do I Need a DUI Lawyer if I Was Barely over the Legal Limit?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 20-Oct-2017

    Across the United States, over a million people are arrested every year for driving under the influence. Given how common a DUI arrest is, it’s easy to understand why the legal process is “streamlined” by police officers more interested in ensuring a speedy conviction than a thorough defense and fair trial for you. Even if you were sleeping in your car or barely over the legal ...
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  • Jonathan Sills Is Named in the Three Best Rated Top 3 List

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 19-Oct-2017

    From DUIs to violent offenses, our firm passionately represents the rights of accused clients against a variety of criminal charges. We are dedicated to providing excellent legal services. Our team works tirelessly to meet the legal needs of each client. With our commitment to the highest level of professional excellence and client satisfaction, we are proud to announce that our partner attorney, ...
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  • All You Need to Know About DMV Hearings

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 12-Oct-2017

    After you are arrested for driving under the influence, there are two scenarios that generally occur. If you refuse to take a blood, breath, or urine test to determine your blood alcohol content (BAC) level, your license will be automatically revoked for 24 hours and a report will be submitted to the DMV, including documentation of your refusal. If you do comply with law enforcement and complete a ...
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  • Assault or Self-Defense?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 9-Oct-2017

    The law protects your right to defend yourself against harm, but the line can be thin. Yes, you’re allowed to use physical force to protect yourself and others, but only in limited circumstances. This can be an especially tough thing to moderate, because these situations tend to happen in a blur and when emotions are generally high. Sadly, your act of self-defense can be misconstrued as ...
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  • Will I Lose My CDL If I Get a DUI?

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 19-Sep-2017

    Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol could get you arrested in the state of Connecticut if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08%. However, if you are a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver, you can get arrested with a BAC of 0.04%. Penalties for DUIs are fairly severe, mostly as a deterrent for repeat offenses. As a commercial driver, you will likely face even more ...
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  • What You Should Know About DUIs & Employment Background Checks

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 12-Sep-2017

    More employers have been using background checks as a means to filter out anyone they may feel won’t be a desirable employee. If you are convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs or alcohol, a potential employer will be able to see it if they conduct a background check as part of your application. Some companies may not care about a DUI conviction in particular, but others will ...
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  • DUIs & Improperly Obtained Evidence

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 5-Sep-2017

    Driving under the influence (DUI) charges are punished rather severely in most states. Some people face jail time, while others can lose the right to drive. If you were arrested for a DUI, the arresting officers were under a duty of care to perform certain actions in processing your case. One of the defenses for a DUI charge is improperly obtained evidence. A skilled DUI attorney will be looking ...
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  • Stay Connected with Tomeo Sills, LLC

    Posted By Tomeo Sills, LLC || 29-Aug-2017

    Tomeo Sills, LLC is widely regarded as one of the most respected criminal defense and DUI defense law firms in the state of Connecticut. Serving clients throughout the state from locations in Hartford, Westport, Pomfret Center, New London, Norwich, and Waterbury, we have more than 45 years of combined experience protecting the rights of people accused of all types of offenses. Whether you are ...
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  • How Long Do Juvenile Crimes Stay on a Criminal Record?

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

    If your child was accused and convicted of a crime, you may be worried about the charge’s effect on his or her future. In the state of Connecticut, juvenile court records are eligible for expungement depending on the situation. Expungement is the sealing of criminal records, so any potential landlords, employers, and licensing agencies will never be aware these records existed. In most ...
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  • 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 one 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 (NHTSA) estimated 1/3 of first-time convicted drunk drivers commit ...
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