Members of minority groups in Connecticut who are charged with crimes may have to contend with unconscious bias in the court system. As a recent case in Boston shows, even judges may have unconscious biases that affect their decisions.
If you have ever been pulled over by a Connecticut law enforcement officer on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, you may have been asked to take a breath test. Breath test devices are often used by law enforcement officers to measure a driver’s blood alcohol content level and ensure they are not over the legal limit of 0.08. Yet, in some cases, the readings from these breath test devices may not be accurate and could lead to a wrongful DUI arrest and charges.
If you face criminal charges in Connecticut, you should familiarize yourself with the fruit of the poisonous tree doctrine. Why? Because this long held legal doctrine may come into play in your case and become the reason why the prosecutor may dismiss the charges against you.
Anonymous pranks have been around as long as people have had telephones in their homes. With the widespread use of computers and social media, pranks have become more sophisticated and difficult for law enforcement to track and control. Connecticut residents should understand that some phone and internet pranks are no joke. They can, in fact, result in serious criminal charges.
For decades, the news media and Hollywood would have you believe that DNA evidence is some sort of miracle. When it first became a legally admissible type of evidence, there was a lot of buzz over it. People have been cleared of crimes and released from prison after serving decades for crimes they did not commit all because of DNA evidence. So, it sounds wonderful. It seems like it can solve any crime. However, that is not entirely true.
If you have a criminal accusation against you in Connecticut, you have the right to a jury trial. This right comes from the U.S. Constitution. You may choose between a bench trial, which is where a judge hears your case, or a jury trial, where a group of people from the community hears your case. In the bench trial, the judge makes the determination of guilt while in a jury trial, the jury makes that decision. If you choose a jury trial, the court must find people to sit on the jury.