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Criminal

Our attorney’s at Allingham, Readyoff & Henry, LLC provide legal advice and consultation for those who are under investigation, held in police custody pending arrest, arrested, or formally charged with crime in Connecticut and New York.

If you or someone you know is facing a criminal charge, you should speak with an attorney prior to talking to the police.   Based upon our experience, many people think they can talk their way out of a bad situation.  Do not ever speak to the police without first contacting an attorney.  In some cases, a client will give the police all the information necessary for a conviction.  The client mistakenly believes he/she won’t be charged if they cooperate.  In some instances a client may give contradictory statements and provide the police with information to establish they are hiding something or lack credibility, which could be detrimental at a trial.  Finally, in other matters, a client will lie to the police, which may hinder their investigation.  Although you may be innocent, if you lied to the police and they rely on that information to their detriment, you may be arrested for interfering in a police investigation.  Our trained lawyers make ourselves available at all hours to speak with our clients during a criminal emergency.  We will ensure that all communication between the police only involves our office.  Our lawyers work with trained investigators, some being retired police detectives to uncover facts that may be helpful to your case.   Our attorneys also worked with experts that administer polygraphs.  As part of our work product we may have a client undergo a polygraph before making our client available for a civil deposition or an interview with the police.  It is imperative that you have a criminal lawyer that will uncover all the facts necessary to obtain a result in your best interest.

Navigating the arrest process and the court system can be overwhelming.  Our New Milford, Connecticut criminal lawyers will help you with every step of the process.  Once an arrest occurs, the supervising officer or a judge will set bail.  A person is then required to post a bond to be released from custody while their case is being prosecuted.  This is to help ensure their appearance at court.

The threat of criminal arrest or criminal arrest itself is daunting.  Most people think first of the immediate negative impact this will have on themselves and their loved ones and the after effects.  Especially, the effect of a criminal conviction may have on their employment.  Clients are often fearful of the negative outcomes they will face if their name appears in the newspaper or other forms of media.

A criminal arrest affects people of all economic backgrounds.  As a term and condition of their bond, travel restrictions may be put in place that negatively impact someone’s employment.  In other cases, the court may enter a protective order that does not allow the person to remain in the family home.  The protective order may also will prohibit a client from seeing his/her child.  These are very real problems that often arise, and cause disruption to everyday life.

Our New Milford lawyers have handled the gauntlet of cases for people who have been criminally charged and arrested.  We try resolve our client’s cases with little, or no long-term damage in order to get their lives back to normal.  Our lawyers do our best to utilize diversionary programs when necessary to avoid a criminal conviction. These programs include:

  • alcohol education program
  • drug education program
  • family violence education program
  • supervised diversionary program
  • accelerated rehabilitation
  • community service labor program
  • school violence prevention program
  • suspended prosecution for illegal sale, delivery, or transfer of pistols or revolvers
  • treatment of drug or alcohol dependent offenders in lieu of prosecution (CADAC)

Our New Milford attorneys represent both adults and juveniles. Many of the types of felony and misdemeanor cases we handle, include but are not limited to:

  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Assault
  • Larceny
  • domestic violence
  • drug offenses
  • sexual assault
  • breach of peace/ disorderly conduct
  • interfering with police and resisting arrest
  • threatening
  • violation of a protective order
  • DCF investigation include orders of temporary custody and neglect proceedings
  • Failure to appear (FTA)
  • Criminal trespass
  • Burglary
  • weapon and gun charges
  • theft and forgery
  • white collar criminal defense
  • arson
  • home invasion
  • violation of probation
  • Motor vehicle crimes and violations
  • Risk of Injury

In addition to providing a defense in our criminal courts, our attorneys provide representation in administrative hearings as well.  For example, when you are arrested for driving under the influence, you will likely receive a notice from the Department of motor vehicles that your license will be suspended by a date certain.  Our attorneys attend these hearings because we use it as an opportunity to cross-examine the police officer early in the case.  This allows us to get additional information while assessing your case.   Moreover, the testimony that we obtain at the administrative hearing may be of assistance at a later trial.

Our attorneys also provide a defense in administrative hearings commenced by the Department of Children and Families.  This may include an order of temporary custody where your children are taken without any notice or a neglect petition.  Our experienced attorneys will prepare and obtain the evidence that will help you defend your case.  Our lawyers have also represented professionals in other administrative disciplinary proceedings.

Please feel free to contact our New Milford lawyers for a free criminal consultation.

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