If you’re charged with breaking the law, you know that navigating the criminal justice system can be intimidating. Whatever allegations you face, it’s imperative to seek skilled representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney. For more than three decades, Attorney John F. O’Brien in Manchester has provided a vigorous defense to clients throughout Connecticut, whether they were charged with felonies, misdemeanors, drunk driving, or traffic violations. No matter the circumstances surrounding your arrest or citation, I am committed to seeking the best possible outcome while asserting your rights.
Assault is a serious crime in Connecticut that can carry severe penalties, depending on intent, the extent of the injuries, and whether a weapon was used. First- and second-degree assault charges are felonies. Penalties for first-degree assault range from a minimum of five years in prison up to 20 years if a gun or other weapon was involved and other circumstances were present. A second-degree assault can be charged for administering a debilitating drug to someone without their consent. Third-degree assault is a misdemeanor but can result in imprisonment up to a year and $2,000 in fines. If you’re accused of assaulting another person, I’ll review the details of your case to determine a possible defense that may include self-defense, defending another person, or defending property.
Sex crimes in Connecticut include sexual assault in varying degrees, incest, child pornography, and sexual abuse, among others. Sex offenses carry a range of penalties depending upon the circumstances involved, but the most severe penalties are for sexual assault in the first degree, commonly referred to as rape. Those convicted of the most serious charges face not only incarceration but also inclusion on a sex offender registry, a result with lifelong consequences. If you’re arrested for a sex crime, I will seek to investigate whether consent or other factors can be used in your defense, to protect your rights and your reputation.
While white collar crimes lack physical violence, they still hurt victims by stealing their money, property or even identities, which is why they are severely penalized. If you’re accused of committing fraud, money laundering, insider trading or internet crime, you may be facing prosecution from the federal government, state government, or both, depending upon the jurisdiction involved. I have experience trying cases in both state and federal courts and will vigorously represent your interests.
If you’re convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Connecticut, and it’s your first offense, you face criminal penalties that may include up to six months in jail, suspension of your license, and the imposition of an interlock ignition device on your vehicle. Subsequent convictions carry stiffer penalties, and a third conviction could result in a permanent revocation of your license, seriously affecting your ability to work and support yourself and your family. In your defense, I will work to challenge the stop, other police procedures and results of breathalyzers and other tests, which may be faulty if instruments were improperly calibrated.
I also represent clients who’ve been cited for traffic violations such as speeding and reckless driving. If you’ve been ticketed, it’s important to know you have rights. I’ll fight the citation to reduce the chance that you’ll be fined, face points on your license, and have to pay higher insurance premiums.
If you’ve been charged in a criminal matter in Connecticut, the Manchester law firm of Attorney John F. O’Brien offers experienced defense representation and strong advocacy. Please call 860-290-9090 or contact me online for a free consultation.