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Hartford Connecticut Legal Blog

Case moves forward despite violation of defendant's rights

In a criminal case, it is very important that attorney-client privilege is protected. When it isn't, it can ruin your case. Depending on how the information gets out, your attorney may be able to use the leak to your benefit, however.

For example, look at this case in Connecticut. A woman's home was searched after the death of her husband. During the investigation, documents were seized, some of which included a folder labeled "Criminal Defense Attorney." Knowing that these documents were between an attorney and their client, they, by law, should have been protected against seizure.

How can you hold another party liable for your injuries?

A personal injury isn't predictable, so when it happens, it can throw off your daily life significantly. From not being able to work to having to rely on others for support, it can be tiresome and frustrating to deal with an injury.

There are dozens of reasons why you might suffer an injury ranging from car crashes to medical malpractice, but one thing is always the same: You're hurt, and you need to be compensated for it. The right amount of compensation helps guarantee that you can afford medical care and be able to get the financial support you need while you can't work.

Turn to your attorney for the facts during a divorce

It can be hard to manage a divorce, and it can be made worse when your families want to keep getting involved. Of course, at the core, it's up to you and your spouse to decide how you want to handle the division of your property. However, there are times when you may want to have the law step in to help you.

Something to consider is how your spouse's family is acting. There have been legitimate cases where an estranged spouse's family has been aggressive and threatening to the spouse who is divorcing or being divorced from their family member. In those cases, make sure you call the police and keep a record of their behaviors. Your attorney can also help you seek restraining orders.

Do you have to seek medical care after an accident?

A personal injury could be anything from breaking an arm to suffering a severe brain injury from a blow to the head. In any case, it's a good idea to have a medical exam so that you have an idea of how serious your injury is and what kind of treatment plan you'll need to follow to recover. Additionally, getting medical care gives you the documentation you need to turn in a claim to the other party's insurance.

Here's an example. If you're involved in a car crash, then you have the option to go to the hospital or not. It's always recommended that you seek medical care since that will create the first piece of medical documentation about your injuries. If you don't go, the other party might argue that you were not injured at the time of the crash or that you said you were fine, which could threaten your insurance claim.

Get help for your child's criminal defense

No matter how old a person is when they are charged with a crime, it's very wise to turn to an attorney for help. Juveniles can see their entire lives ruined before their eyes if they are not cautious about how their case is handled.

Drinking underage, making the mistake of trying drugs or getting caught with possession of drugs can all hurt your child's chances of growing up and being able to find a good job, obtaining student loans and more. A single mistake can end up significantly hurting their ability to make ends meet as an adult.

Understand the importance of a restraining order

A restraining order sometimes becomes a necessity during or before divorce cases. The reality is that some people simply do not get along, or there is a conflict that leads to abuse or manipulation.

There are different types of restraining orders. There are protection orders that are temporary and permanent. Initially, when you seek a restraining or protective order, it will be temporary. Why? The court needs time to review the case.

Hit and run leaves 1 dead, later causes 1 shooting injury

Sometimes, drivers are dangerous when they're on the roads. They may intentionally flee if they cause an accident, leaving victims behind with injuries and struggling to survive.

That's what happened in a case out of Hartford. A man had fled after crashing his stolen pickup truck and killing a 22-year-old woman in the collision. The 25-year-old man had been speeding on Zion Street when he hit a Toyota Corolla, fatally injuring one. He admitted to using cocaine prior to the crash and had also been drinking beforehand.

Not all who take drugs do so willingly: Your defense

It's important for anyone accused of a crime to have the chance to defend themselves. Whether you're a minor or an adult, a criminal conviction can have a serious impact on your life moving forward. Depending on the type of conviction, you could face penalties including prison, heavy fines, the loss of a license or other serious punishments.

One of the most common things to be arrested for is driving while intoxicated and for using drugs. Sometimes, these things go hand-in-hand. For example, if you go to a club, you might drink and take a drug with it.

Understand protective orders and what you can or can't do

Family violence is a serious offense, and it must be approached in the right way. When anyone is in danger, they need to seek immediate protection through a restraining order, civil protection order or temporary protection order.

There are many kinds of protective orders. Most important is a temporary protective order, which arises after a criminal complaint. For example, if you call the police on your spouse for attacking you and your child, this is likely the protective order you'll seek.

Dog bite disaster: How to avoid a bite this summer

Dog bites are often thought to only come from aggressive, territorial or injured animals, but the reality is that any dog can bite or attack when threatened, hurt, sick or otherwise inclined to do so. Even an excited family pet can nip or bite in the wrong circumstances.

You don't want to have to deal with a bite, so it's a good idea to learn how to recognize when a dog may become aggressive and how to avoid a bite completely. Here are three tips that may help.

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