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Criminal Defense Law in Connecticut Frequently Asked Questions

CT Criminal Defense Law FAQs

If you have criminal charges against you, you may have questions about what to expect. Our criminal law attorneys in Connecticut can answer your questions.

Who will be my criminal law attorney at Spinella and Associates?

Attorney Paul Spinella is the lead criminal defense attorney at Spinella and Associates. Attorney Spinella is the author of Connecticut Criminal Procedure. It is the state's comprehensive reference on the history and law of criminal procedure in Connecticut. Attorney Spinella belongs to:

  • The Connecticut Bar Association's Section on Criminal Justice
  • The Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

What is a criminal law attorney?

A criminal defense lawyer in Connecticut represents people facing criminal charges. They may represent you in state, federal or appellate courts. A criminal defense attorney may represent you in:

  • Bail hearings
  • Plea bargains
  • Appeals
  • Trials
  • Parole or probation hearings

The criminal defense attorneys at Spinella and Associates are your trusted advocate, helping you navigate the legal system. We fight for your best interests.

When do I need a criminal defense lawyer?

Whenever you have been accused of committing a crime, you need representation. Contact us as soon as you can after an arrest.

Our criminal defense attorneys represent you and defend you against the accusations. They ensure your rights are protected and look out for your best interests.

Why do I need a criminal defense attorney nor criminal defense lawyer from Spinella and Associates?

If you have been accused of a crime, an attorney will help you understand your rights. And, they can help defend you against those accusations.

You have many options for criminal law attorneys in Connecticut. But, Attorney Paul Spinella has more than 30 years of experience handling criminal cases. That experience matters when you need to defend yourself in court.

What will a criminal defense lawyer do for me?

A criminal defense attorney or criminal defense attorney will help you in several ways. Your attorney will:

  • Investigate the case against you
  • Analyze evidence
  • Present your case to the court
  • Negotiate deals with the prosecution
  • Be your advocate

It's their job to make sure the court hears your side of the case. You should expect to speak with your criminal defense attorney frequently throughout the legal process.

How do I choose a criminal defense attorney?

In the United States, you have a Constitutional right to legal counsel for your defense. If you cannot afford an attorney, you can have the State of Connecticut choose one for you.

If you choose an attorney yourself, you should find one you trust. Consider these when choosing your who will represent you:

  1. Determine your needs. Are you facing a felony or misdemeanor? Do you need a federal or state attorney?
  2. Look for experience. Does the attorney have experience with the allegations against you? Does the attorney specialize in criminal defense rather than immigration law? Has the attorney practiced in the local courts?
  3. Make sure they're responsive. Is the attorney responsive when you contact them? Do they have the time and resources available to help you with your case?
  4. Check their reputation. Does the attorney have a good reputation for the work they do? Are they known for being useful for their clients?

You have many choices for criminal defense attorneys in Connecticut. Before deciding on one, meet with them, ask them questions, and determine if they meet your needs.

What types of criminal cases do Spinella and Associates take?

Attorney Paul Spinella has helped clients for more than 30 years. He has represented citizens accused of crimes in all Connecticut state and federal courts. And, he has defended against nearly every type of criminal case, including:

  • General white-collar crimes
  • Securities fraud
  • Homicides and all other violent crimes
  • Narcotics
  • Internet crimes
  • Sex offenses

Spinella and Associates can defend you against the most serious of charges. Our experience makes us a very trusted partner for your case.

What can I expect from working with a criminal law attorney?

Your criminal law attorney will defend you against allegations of a crime. You should expect someone to work very hard for you and advocate for your best interests.

Your attorney should:

  • Be involved. Your attorney needs to stay involved in your case, so they can assure you get the defense you need.
  • Do a thorough investigation. Your attorney and the defense team should do an extensive investigation of your case. They should examine all avenues to make sure they provide a complete defense.
  • Communicate. A good defense attorney will keep you updated on the progress of your case. They will let you know where they are in the investigation and explain the legal process's steps.
  • Be honest. Your attorney needs to be honest. They should tell you the truth about your case and what to expect during the legal process.
  • Provide answers and give options. Most people have a lot of questions about criminal cases as it progresses. Your attorney will answer them for you. They will also provide and explain options for you at each stage of the process.

How much does a criminal law attorney cost?

The cost to hire a criminal defense attorney in Connecticut can vary greatly. Different aspects factor into the price, but typically, an attorney will charge by the hour. Some attorneys may ask for a retainer, which is a sum of money you pay when you first hire them.

Keep in mind that the complexity of your case can affect the cost. A complicated case often takes more time, which means you pay more. You should always talk to prospective attorneys to find out what they charge.

Can I represent myself in a criminal law case?

You can represent yourself in a court of law. But, you must show that you understand and can follow court rules and the law. So much could be riding on a criminal case. You should consult with an attorney before deciding to represent yourself.

How does bail money work?

A defendant pays bail to the court to grant a release from jail before trial. You can choose to pay cash bail or you can get a bail bond.

If you pay cash bail, you pay the court the money. The money shows you intend to show up to your trial. If you appear at all your court dates, you get the full amount back from the court.

A bail bond is when you go to a bondsman to pay for your bail. You usually pay 10% of the bail amount to the bondsman and put up collateral to cover the rest. If you make all your court dates, you get your collateral back, and the bail bondsman keeps the 10% you paid.

What is a plea bargain in criminal law in Connecticut?

A plea bargain in a criminal case is an agreement between the defendant and the prosecutor. This agreement settles a criminal case before it goes to trial. The prosecutor may drop some charges, reduce the charges or specify a sentence.

A plea bargain can help you avoid going through a lengthy trial, but it means you waive your right to trial. It also means a jury can't find you not guilty. A defense attorney can help you weigh the pros and cons of a plea bargain.

Should I accept a plea bargain in my case?

Choosing to accept a plea bargain depends on several factors. If the evidence against you is too strong or you are guilty, you may want to take a plea bargain.

When it comes to plea bargains, having an attorney defending you helps. Your attorney can help you understand what the plea deal means and how it will affect your life. The attorney can also help negotiate a better deal for you.

Do I need a criminal defense attorney in Connecticut for DUI/DWI?

You have the right to represent yourself when accused of driving under the influence. But, a criminal defense attorney can and absolutely should help you navigate the legal system. DUI defenses are extremely complex.

If you have been accused of DUI/DWI in Connecticut, you should speak with a criminal defense lawyer at Spinella & Associates today by calling 860-728-4900.