Christopher Duby- Connecticut
Criminal Defense Lawyer
I represent people charged with all types of crimes,
- Traffic tickets
- Drunk driving
- Possession and trafficking of illegal drugs such as marijuana,
cocaine, crystal meth and heroin
- Theft and shoplifting
- Robbery and burglary
- Domestic violence
- White collar crimes such as embezzlement, fraud and public corruption
- Internet crimes such as identity theft
- Sex crimes, including sexual assault, statutory rape and child
- Vehicular homicide and vehicular assault
- Murder and manslaughter
Even a seemingly minor offense can result in significant
penalties. For example, if you hit somebody over the head with a
beer bottle in a bar fight, you could be sentenced to up to five
years in jail. That conviction would result in a permanent criminal
record that would place you on the FBI National Crime Information
Center (NCIC). Your criminal record may be available not only to
future employers, but also to any police officer who pulls you over
on a traffic stop. As a result of your conviction, you will be treated
differently than other people.
For many types of crimes, Connecticut offers a diversionary
program that allows first-time offenders to avoid a criminal record.
These diversionary programs range from the Drug Education Program
or the Community Service Labor Program for drug offenses to the
Alcohol Education Program for DWI/DUI offenses, to suspension of
prosecution programs for gun cases to School Violence Education
Programs for problems that happen at school.
Unless a police officer or other investigator sees
the crime occur, they must do an investigation and write their findings
up and present them to a judge in the form of an arrest warrant
affidavit. If the judge finds probable cause and signs the arrest
warrant, the police have the authority to take you into custody.
This is the beginning of the criminal process.
In some instances, the local police department may
call you on the phone and ask that you turn yourself in. In others,
usually in instances where they believe you are a flight risk or
a danger, they will come to pick you up. In either event, you will
then be brought to court.
When The Police Call
Occasionally I get calls from people saying that the
police or other investigating agency want to talk to them about
a criminal case. My advice is always the same: unless the police
tell you that you are not a person of interest in the case or that
they have no intention whatsoever of arresting you, it is never
advisable to speak with them.
As we all know from the famous police shows on TV,
you have a right to remain silent and anything you say can and will
be used against you. You have a right to have an attorney present
whenever the police talk to you. You should make use of this right.
You cannot explain away problems once they come up.
Police officers are professional investigators and take their jobs
seriously, as they should. They are trained to investigate criminal
activity and develop cases so they can make arrests. It is not their
job to look for you or your rights. Only your lawyer can do that
Bond, Bail and Promises to Appear ("PTAs")
Getting arrested is one thing. Making sure you can
be at home while the case proceeds is another. If you are arrested,
the court will set a bond amount or release you on what is commonly
called a "PTA" or Promise to Appear.
Bond is a fixed dollar amount that you must pay in
order to get out of custody. It is NOT punishment and cannot be
punitive but instead must be as much and no more than is needed
to assure your appearance in court.
On occasion, a bail bonds agency may agree to accept
payment from you in exchange for you using part of a bond they have
on file with the State of Connecticut. The bail bonds agency gets
all of its money back when your case resolves. You do not get the
fee back that you paid the bonds agency. That payment was the fee
for using the bond.
You are, of course, free to post the entire bond amount
yourself and not use a bondsman. In that circumstance, you do get
the money back. In smaller cases, you may also be able to use that
money to pay for costs, fees or programs that the court assesses
when your case resolves.
My suggestion is that you call a number of bail bonds
agencies and get the best price. Many will be the same or close
Challenging The Case
Your lawyer knows the law and knows the strategic
benefit to challenging certain aspects of your case. Did the police
read you your rights? Were you within police custody when you made
an incriminating statement? Did the police have the right to ask
you any questions?
Does the prosecutor have available to him or her the
facts needed to convict you?
It is the details. Analyzing the case, doing our
own investigation and comparing it to your recollections it my job.
Formulating a strategy based on what is there and what is not so
you get the result you deserve is the reason you hire a lawyer.
Free Attorney Consultation
To discuss your case with Connecticut lawyer Christopher
Duby, call 203-234-2888 24 hours a day or complete our simple contact
My philosophy as a lawyer is simple:
- Put the client first
- Respond to phone calls
- Schedule a free initial consultation no matter
what your case is about
The Law Office of Christopher Duby LLC is located
at 22 Broadway, North Haven, CT 06473. View
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Christopher Duby represents clients in New Haven County, Hartford
County, Fairfield County and Middlesex County in Connecticut, including
the communities of New Haven, Hamden, North Haven, East Haven, Branford,
Madison, Milford, West Haven, Cheshire, Meriden, Wallingford, Guilford,
North Branford, Woodbridge, Bethany, Monroe, Trumbull, Easton, Fairfield,
Stratford, Bridgeport, Oxford, Beacon Falls, Seymour, Ansonia, Derby,
Orange, Shelton, Clinton, Westbrook, Old Saybrook, Middletown, Middlefield,
Portland, Durham, Prospect, Naugatuck, Wolcott, Waterbury, Watertown,
Middlebury, Woodbury, Southbury, Southington.