Accused of a Violent Felony Offense in the State of Connecticut?
Our Experienced CT Felony Defense Lawyers Can Help.
Though the number of Connecticut violent crimes (2.37 per 1,000 residents) is significantly less than the national rate of 4.0 per 1,000 people, individuals are prosecuted for violent crimes - including homicide, robbery and arson - every day.
And not all of those convicted are guilty under Connecticut felony crime laws.
In Connecticut, charges for violent crimes can become felony convictions – punishable by lengthy prison sentences and harsh fines. Even more daunting are the potential lifelong consequences of a criminal felony conviction which can haunt you forever. Loss of freedom to purchase a firearm, difficulty gaining employment and potential forfeiture of the right to receive government benefits are all possibilities.
Most professional licensing boards prohibit those with a criminal record from becoming certified and all Connecticut criminal convictions are available for online public viewing.
Connecticut violent felony crimes defense attorney Norma Pattis, author of Taking Back the Courts, is nationally renowned for successfully defending cases that have been deemed impossible. The elite defense team at the Pattis & Smith Law Firm have the exceptional violent felony defense expertise and investigative resources to fight your charges and defend your rights.
Call now to discuss your case and learn your options in a free, no-obligation Pattis & Smith Law Firm case evaluation consultation - 203.393.3017
Our Lawyers Aggressively Defend Connecticut Violent Felony Charges
The Law Firm of Pattis & Smith lawyers have decades of both Connecticut and Federal Court violent felony defense experience and the extensive knowledge, resources and investigative techniques to defend against the full spectrum of violent felonies, including:
When faced with a violent felony charge, whether you feel you are guilty or innocent, the State of Connecticut is going to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. The potential for exacerbated or exaggerated allegations is immense (police and prosecutors are rewarded for felony charges and felony convictions), adding the chances of enhanced punishment and longer sentences. Police and prosecutorial misconduct is rampant and the prosecution is putting their case together well before the moment they come into contact with you.
Our aggressive Connecticut violent felony defense team is licensed in all State of Connecticut courts and New York Federal Courts. Norm Pattis has been lead counsel in more than 100 jury trials in many State Courts and Federal Courts. Attorney Kevin Smith is also ranked among New Haven’s leading expert criminal defense attorneys.
Equip yourself with the confidence and legal knowledge necessary to a successful defense. Our record of positive outcomes speaks for itself. Pattis & Smith Law Firm’s team of aggressive violent felony defense attorneys is ready to guide you through every step of the process - 203.393.3017
Connecticut Violent Crime Penalties & Sentences
The State of Connecticut law enforcement and prosecutors pursue violent crime cases with fervor and most of these crimes are punishable as felonies. Connecticut law divides felony crimes into six Classes based on the severity of the crime:
Capital Felony: Connecticut abolished the death penalty in April 2012. Murder with special circumstances is now punishable by life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Class A felony: (murder) - 25 to 60 years’ incarceration/fine of up to $20,000
Class A felony: (first-degree arson, first-degree kidnapping, sexual assault with young victim, aggravated sexual assault under 16) - 10 to 25 years’ incarceration/fine of up to $20,000
Class B felony: (first-degree assault, first-degree manslaughter, first-degree larceny, sexual assault) - 1 to 20 years’ incarceration/fine of up to $15,000
Class C felony: (second-degree manslaughter, second-degree robbery, second-degree sexual assault, third-degree arson) - 1 to 10 years’ incarceration/fine of up to $10,000
Class D felony: (first-degree criminal mischief, first-degree stalking, second-degree assault, third-degree sexual assault) - 1 to 5 years’ incarceration/fine of up to $5,000
Unclassified: If a felony is unclassified, the sentence will be specified in the criminal statute.
Additional Penalties and Consequences of a CT Criminal Conviction
The sentences and fines listed above aren’t the entirety of what you may be facing if you’re charged with a crime. In addition, certain crimes carry mandatory jail sentences. There are statutes that impose non-suspendable sentences when the victim is blind, disabled, elderly, mentally challenged or pregnant. Connecticut’s recidivist sentencing law imposes longer prison sentences for people with prior felony convictions.
Early defense preparation is vital to a successful outcome. The odds of having your charges or sentence reduced or eliminated increase substantially with a powerful and aggressive Pattis & Smith Connecticut violent felonies lawyer leading the defense.
Your case could be dismissed on constitutional (police misconduct for example), procedural or legal grounds – but the chances of this happening are greatly reduced without a hard-hitting legal defense and investigatory team on your side.
Violent felony cases require the most powerful defense available. Get started with a Pattis & Smith Connecticut violent felony defense lawyer today. Call to learn your options - 203.393.3017
Defense Strategies Our Lawyers Use In Connecticut Violent Felony Cases
In order to protect each and every client from the harsh sentences and fines, Pattis & Smith Connecticut violent felony crime defense attorneys prepare a meticulous and hard-hitting defense that exposes every limitation and defect in the prosecution’s alleged case. We expose doubtful claims, uncover faulty witness testimony, exclude illegal evidence and uncover police misconduct - identifying serious flaws in the prosecution’s case that can’t be denied by a judge or jury.
Some legal defense strategies for that can prove successful in getting violent felony charges reduced or eliminated include:
- Lack of Intent
- Defense of Others
- Temporary Insanity
- Illegal Search and Seizure
- Police or Prosecutorial Misconduct
- Statute of Limitations
If you are charged with or suspected of a violent crime, your freedom is at stake. The police and prosecutors are already working against you, ferreting out any shred of evidence, no matter how relevant, that will add a conviction to their record (and unfortunately yours too). The Pattis & Smith Law Firm delivers the legal expertise and aggressive investigative team you need to counter the prosecution's case and keep your record clean.
We prepare a vigorous defense to help you avoid prison and a felony record. Our elite legal representation works vigorously to minimize your punishment and collateral consequences. Call 203.393.3017 for your free, confidential case evaluation.