Criminal Law in Hartford
The Law Office of Steven R. Slattery, specializes in Hartford criminal law. Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, you can rely on us to handle your case in a professional and competent way. You will not receive better legal support elsewhere.
Arrested or Facing a Criminal Charge in Connecticut?
The Criminal Justice system in the United States and in Connecticut is based on the idea that anyone and every arrested and charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty. This means that before a person can be punished, to either jail or some form of probation, the state must prove the person guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The obligation is on the State of Connecticut to prove each element of each offense beyond a reasonable doubt. Please visit the CT Judicial Branch website at http://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/title53a.htm and click on “Penal Code: Offenses” for a complete of CT Criminal Offenses. After hiring me I will go to bat challenging any evidence the state may claim to have against you. Once I discredit the evidence they claim to have against you I will fight to have the charges against you dropped.
Aside from the Constitutional Rights that we as American citizens enjoy once charged with a crime there is a complete set of rules within which the police must operate while investigating a crime. Generally, once in custody a person being interrogated is not obligated to say a single word in his or her defense if they do not wish to do so. In fact, the person being charged has a Constitutional Right to Remain Silent. The State, through the police or the State Attorney’s Office cannot force the person being interrogated to speak or comment on the allegations. The police will often mislead or lie to people who have been taken into custody in order to try and get them to speak. This is why it is so important to call me before you speak to the police. Remember: the police will often lie and mislead a person whom they are questioning in an attempt to get them to speak. Remember: you have a constitutional right to remain silent and should not feel bullied into speaking to the police. Further, you have a Constitutional Right to An Attorney and the best way to protect your rights is to tell the police that you would like to speak to me before you answer any questions.
Along with the rights mentioned above, there is a complete set of rules within which the police must operate when searching an individual or a particular area. This is because U.S. Citizens have a Right to Be Free from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures. The circumstances of your encounter with the police will determine whether or not the police violated your constitutional rights in searching you. If the police did violate your constitutional rights in searching you or the area around you any evidence that they found in the process will likely be thrown out of court and cannot be used to prove you guilty. Once I am hired to represent you I will review the police report with a fine toothed comb to make sure that your rights were not violated. If they were I will fight to ensure that the evidence found during the illegal search is thrown out of court and that the charges against you are dropped.
Please visit the “Constitutional Rights” tab on this website in order to see if the police may have violated your constitutional rights.
Criminal law has been my passion throughout my life. That passion has guided my educational decisions and career path culminating in my starting the Law Office of Steven R. Slattery with a focus on criminal defense. My job is to help those accused of committing crimes in dealing with the criminal justice system and to make sure that the constitutional rights of anyone accused are protected. From arraignment to dismissal, plea or verdict after trial, I work hard for my clients not only in seeking favorable dispositions, but also in communication with them throughout the process. I do not leave my clients in the dark and I do not “BS.” My job is to help people through the often uncomfortable experiences most associate with the criminal justice system. I love my job and I am good at it. Let me help you or your loved one.
The information provided here is general information. Please call to schedule an appointment or speak to me directly regarding the specifics of your case.