Hartford Connecticut Legal Blog

What does a restraining order do for a victim?

When it is your family in danger, there should never be a question about whether or not you can get a restraining order. A restraining order is intended to protect you from harm or harassment. It can stop the abuser from coming to where you live or your place of work.

The good thing about a restraining order for the abuser is that it is a civil order. This means that they won't immediately have a criminal record. For people who worry that they don't want to cause a spouse to have a criminal record due to calling the police, this is a good legal design.

27-year-old man arrested for possession of cocaine, heroin

Cocaine is a drug that most people know. It tends to be easy to find on the streets, and it's something that comes into the United States frequently from other places. It's not very often that you hear about a major drug bust involving this drug, but it does happen from time to time.

In Connecticut, cops got a surprise when they caught a 27-year-old man with 80 baggies of crack cocaine. He allegedly also possessed a quantity of heroin that was not described. The Branford Police reported seizing $2,600 or more from the man during the arrest.

Yes, even a small dog can become a dangerous dog

There are many kinds of injuries you could suffer, but one of the most shocking is when you're attacked by man's best friend: a dog. Dogs are, by nature, generally gentle and loyal to humans. Unfortunately, there are times, either because of abuse, illness or poor temperament, that some dogs may become violent. These animals can put your life at risk.

While you might not think the chihuahua down the street is a danger, even small dogs can pose a threat to your safety. With the possibility of puncture wounds and infection, you can't take chances after any bite. Even though small dogs are cute, they can cause lasting damage.

Man charged for death in Hartford crash

A car crash changes lives, which is why it's so important for drivers to be safe behind the wheel. When people don't drive safely, there is a high risk of a serious or fatal collision.

That's what happened in this case involving a man from Hartford. He now faces charges in relation to the crash.

Tips and advice for divorcing Hartford parents

Divorce can be a respectful, cost-effective and relatively low-stress process. It can also be a contentious, adversarial and expensive war between two people who can't stand one another. Ultimately, the choice is up to you and your spouse. If both sides of your marriage are capable of being reasonable, respectful and fair, it will do a lot to ease tensions during the marital breakup. When it comes to divorcing parents, however, they also need to think about reducing the chances of conflict after their divorce, as they will be raising their children together as co-parents for many years to come.

Covering the following basics in a carefully-drafted parenting plan can help reduce the chances of future conflict between two divorcing parents:

Did an inability to compromise lead to your divorce?

A balanced and loving relationship requires a little bit of give and take. In other words, both sides of the relationship are willing to compromise. If one side of the relationship is unwilling to compromise -- forcing the other to roll over and submit -- the submitting party will eventually grow resentful. This can grow into blowout fights, a loss of communication and eventually the breakdown of the relationship.

Here are a two symptoms of the "my way or the highway" relationship pattern:

Coaching and trial preparation for criminal defendants

If you're in the process of defending yourself against a crime, it's only natural for you to be extremely nervous before the final trial. However, if your defense attorney is doing his or her job, then your lawyer will coach and prepare you, so you feel more comfortable going into the trial. This coaching should also help you know how to answer different kinds of questions considering the defense theory you and your legal counsel are presenting in court.

Here are several types of preparation you might expect from the typical criminal trial lawyer before your court appearance:

  • Mock interviews: Mock interviews are helpful to ensure that the defendant has the defense theory completely memorized. These interviews will also help the defendant feel more comfortable answering questions during examination.
  • Visits to the alleged crime scenes: By visiting the alleged crime scenes, defendants can jog their memories and recall more details that could help support their positions in court.
  • Writing down the defendant's version of the facts: Another way to help defendants feel more comfortable with their version of the facts is to get them to write it down. This will help them commit it to memory and help the lawyer review the defendant's presentation to ensure it reflects the details of what took place in the proper light.
  • Explaining the prosecution's case theory: Defendants also need to understand the prosecution's version of the facts so they can counter and refute it appropriately with their own version of the facts.

How long can a person be imprisoned for drunk driving?

Among the top fears a person may have when facing DUI accusations is a fear of losing their freedom. Jail time is among the penalties typically given for drunk driving here in Connecticut. What is the maximum prison sentence for DUI in the state? It depends on whether the DUI was a first offense or a repeat offense.

A first offense of drunk driving can carry imprisonment of up to six months.

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