Coventry, Connecticut Criminal Lawyers

Salvatore Bonanno
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Dedicated criminal defense lawyer. 30+ years experience. Free consultation!

I'm a criminal defense lawyer with 30+ years of experience representing individuals who have been arrested or charged with a crime. I will vigorously fight for you and work for the best possible outcome in your case. Read More »
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Ron Murphy
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Free Consultation! Criminal Defense Attorney Devoted to Defending Your Liberty!

I am an experienced and skilled Connecticut criminal defense lawyer. I help defend the reputations and liberty of those accused of criminal misconduct! Visit my website for results, call for a free case evaluation! Read More »
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Wethersfield, CT Criminal Law Attorney
(860) 522-7000 1290 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Criminal
Hartford, CT Criminal Law Lawyer
(860) 549-1000 1 State St
Hartford, CT 06103
Criminal
Hartford, CT Criminal Law Attorney
(860) 266-4278 100 Pearl St
Hartford, CT 06103
Criminal
Hartford, CT Criminal Law Lawyer
(860) 231-7766 96 Oak Street
Hartford, CT 06106
Criminal
Wethersfield, CT Criminal Law Attorney
(860) 522-7000 1290 Silas Deane Highway
Wethersfield, CT 06109
Criminal
Patrick J. Cooney
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Bristol, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(860) 589-4343 43 Bellevue Ave
Bristol, CT 06011
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Connecticut School of Law
I represent people who have been injured by someone else's negligence or carelessness and I represent people who have been accused of having committed a crime. I have spent the majority of my career in Connecticut courts protecting my clients rights. I represent individuals not big insurance companies. I stand up to the State of Connecticut and insurance companies on behalf of my clients and I always fight to make sure my clients get the best out come possible.
Steven Tomeo
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(860) 524-8118 57 Pratt Street
Suite 805
Hartford, CT 06103
Hartford, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 49 years experience
Criminal and DUI
Ohio Northern University
Attorney Tomeo is truly passionate about fighting for the underdog. Whether you are facing DUI charges or assault charges, he has the skills and knowledge required to carefully handle your case.

He has extensive DUI training and has taken many classes on standardized field sobriety testing, including,

The LaPiere course
The C.E.S. consulting breath testing course
He has taken the Mastering Scientific Evidence for DUI Defense, the advanced trial strategy course, and is a Member of NCDD (National College for DUI Defense). In addition to the coursework, Attorney Tomeo along with his partner Jonathan R. Sills, Co-Author the Connecticut Practice Series Book, CONNECTICUT DUI...
James William Cummings
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Waterbury, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years experience
(203) 754-7779 21 Holmes Avenue
Waterbury, CT 06710
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
At your side, on your side, every step of the way Respected personal, family, business and general practice lawyer James W. Cummings stands by his clients every step of the way. The Cummings Law Firm is the optimal choice for legal representation in the greater Waterbury, Connecticut area and in Litchfield, New Haven and Fairfield counties. Experience, integrity, and community service With over 25 years of legal experience, attorney Cummings listens to your special circumstances, ensures you understand all of your options, and works tirelessly to ensure you are treated fairly and justly. A rare combination of talents James Cummingsâs...
Tara Knight
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New Haven, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 28 years experience
(203) 624-6115 2 Lincoln Street
New Haven, CT 06510
Free ConsultationCriminal and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Tara Knight is the founding member and senior partner of the firm of Knight & Cerritelli L.L.C. located in New Haven, Connecticut. Attorney Knight specializes in criminal defense law and is board-certified in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. The Expanded Governing Board of Yale Law School has appointed her Clinical Tutor in Law at the Yale Law School yearly since 2013. She sat as one of the directors of the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification which is the governing board overseeing the certification of lawyers as Board Certified throughout the...
Ron Murphy
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New Britain, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(860) 348-1900 11 Franklin Square
New Britain, CT 06051
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Legal Malpractice and Medical Malpractice
University of Connecticut School of Law
Attorney Ron Murphy is a 1983 graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law and the owner and principal trial lawyer of Advocates Law Firm. His practice is devoted exclusively to helping people who have been injured to get justice and compensation; and to helping people who have been accused of misconduct to defend their reputations and liberty. Attorney Murphy represents people injured by Auto Accidents, Legal Malpractice, or Medical Malpractice; and he defends people accused in the areas of White Collar Criminal Defense, Federal Criminal Defense, State Criminal Defense, and Attorney Grievance Defense. Attorney Murphy also handles Commercial Litigation...
Robert M. Frost Jr.
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New Haven, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(203) 495-9790 129 Church St
#226
New Haven, CT 06510
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business and DUI
University of Connecticut School of Law
Todd A. Bussert
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(203) 495-9790 129 Church St
#226
New Haven, CT 06510
Free ConsultationNew Haven, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
Criminal, Appeals and White Collar Crime
The George Washington University Law School
Kevin C. Ferry
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New Britain, CT Criminal Law Attorney
(860) 827-0880 77 Lexington Street
New Britain, CT 06052
Free ConsultationCriminal, Construction, DUI and Medical Malpractice
Quinnipiac University
I am 43 years old and have lived in Avon, Connecticut my entire life. My practice is centered around personal injury and medical malpractice litigation. Competitive sports were the spring board for a career in litigation. I have been a competitive athlete as long as I remember and was the only athlete in the State to earn All State Honors in two sports in 1983: Track and Field and Soccer. I have coached girls soccer for six years, earned a "D" coaching license and earned three State Championships at the youth level, Currently I race for a NASTAR...
Daniel Harris Miller
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Waterbury, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(203) 753-1401 228 Meadow Street
Suite 103
Waterbury, CT 06702
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Family and Probate
Western New England University School of Law
Attorney Miller was admitted to practice law in the State of Connecticut in 2007. He has worked as a Special Deputy Assistant State's Attorney for the Judicial District of Waterbury. As a prosecutor, he had the opportunity to handle and try criminal cases of all types, ranging from infractions to serious felonies. Attorney Miller has experience representing a diverse range of clientele, from individuals to multinational corporations. He is certified through the state of Connecticut as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) for both children and adults and has been appointed on hundreds of cases.

Attorney Miller has...
Elia Gregory Cerritelli
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New Haven , CT Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(203) 624-6115 2 Lincoln St
New Haven , CT 06510
Criminal, Cannabis Law and Personal Injury
Quinnipiac University School of Law and University of Hartford
Gregory Cerritelli is a partner of the law firm Knight & Cerritelli, L.L.C. Before joining his firm, Attorney Cerritelli worked as a litigator devoting his practice primarily to criminal defense, police misconduct and general litigation. He is a member of the bars of Connecticut, New York, and federal District Court (Connecticut). Attorney Cerritelli is also a member attorney with the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and the Peace Officers Legal Defense Fund. In addition to his private clients, Attorney Cerritelli is a Special Public Defender and has been approved by the Chief Public Defender to represent persons accused of crime...
Scott Allen Leventhal
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Cheshire, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(203) 606-4372 Cheshire, CT 06410
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Advocating for the accused as well as victims of accidents who sustained personal injuries in Cheshire and all across New Haven County. Attorney Leventhal has successfully litigated over a thousand cases and has a proven trial record. Practicing at the LoRicco Law Firm in New Haven which has a 50+ year history of proudly serving our community.
Susan Dale Red
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New Haven, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(203) 773-3500 7 Elm Street, Second Floor
New Haven, CT 06510
Free ConsultationCriminal and Personal Injury
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Pardons. 10 years trial experience. Get Red and Get Results.
Erica A. Barber
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New Haven, CT Criminal Law Lawyer
(203) 495-9790 129 Church St
#226
New Haven, CT 06510
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and Business
University of Connecticut School of Law
Adrian Mark Baron
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New Britain, CT Criminal Law Lawyer
(860) 223-4000 202 Broad Street
New Britain, CT 06053
Criminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Family
Uniwersytet Jagellonski and Pace University
A native of Connecticut, Adrian Mark Baron is a partner in the law office of Podorowsky, Thompson & Baron. Attorney Baron has been profiled by various publications including the distinguished New York Law Journal, publications of the American Bar Association,the New Britain Herald, Boston's White Eagle News and the Pace Law School Alumni Magazine He is currently the co-author of a weekly legal issues column appearing throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts that reaches an estimated 25,000 readers. His views on Immigration reform, Polish-American relations, and other topical issues have been published in such wide forums as the New York Post, the...
Peter Van Dyke
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Enfield, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
Enfield, CT
Criminal, Business, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
University of Connecticut School of Law
Eagan, Donohue, Van Dyke & Falsey, LLP is a general practice law firm located in West Hartford, Connecticut. We have attorneys licensed to practice in Connecticut and Massachusetts, and we handle cases in both state and federal court. Our approach to the practice of law is simple. We are more than just lawyers, we are also counselors at law. We are conscious of the fact that clients come to us to solve problems, not to create them. The size of our firm is one of our biggest assets, allowing us to be highly responsive to our client's needs, while still...
Peter G. Billings
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New Haven, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(203) 562-0900 7 Elm St #2r, New Haven
New Haven, CT 06510
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Peter Billings is a founding partner of Billings, Barrett & Bowman, LLC. He focuses his practice primarily on criminal matters ranging from minor traffic infractions to the most serious cases of murder, as well as a wide range of family matters including divorce and custody cases.The common thread throughout Peter’s practice is his representation of individuals and fighting for those who need someone in their corner. Whether a high-stakes criminal case, highly contested divorce, or bitter custody battle, Peter will stand with you. Peter has been responsible for obtaining the highest quality results for his clients in criminal cases as...
Felice Duffy
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New Haven, CT Criminal Law Lawyer
(203) 946-2000 770 Chapel St #4f
New Haven, CT 06510
Criminal
If you’re looking at this site, you or someone you care about is probably dealing with (or about to deal with) something quite serious. Obviously, there are many fine lawyers you can hire or consult with but it’s important to work with an attorney who not only has the knowledge, skill, and determination to successfully protect your interests, but one you’ll be comfortable with – an attorney whose values and approach will be a good fit. So, in addition to my “official” qualifications (which you can read at the bottom of this page), here’s a short...
Christopher DeMatteo
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West Haven, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(203) 691-6594 203 Campbell Ave.
Suite C
West Haven, CT 06516
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Juvenile
Marquette University
Christopher DeMatteo was born and raised in New Haven. He went to Boston College and Marquette Law School. After serving as an associate for Bristol firm Jazlowiecki & Jazlowiecki, he set up his own practice in New Haven in December 2012.
Douglas D. Rudolph
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New Haven, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 3 years experience
(203) 343-7579 900 Chapel Street
Suite 620
New Haven, CT 06510
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Western New England University School of Law and Augsburg College
I have seen, over and over, how criminal charges can drastically affect people’s lives without proper representation. As a lawyer, I understand people make mistakes, but shouldn't be defined by them. I provide aggressive legal representation that compassionately focuses on your unique needs to achieve the best result. I limit my case load, so I can work closely with you to ensure your best interests are carefully served. My job is to establish an atmosphere of trust and respect, and understand the challenges you’re facing. I create and maintain open communication with you through all stages of your case. My...
Bruno R. Morasutti
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Meriden, CT Criminal Law Lawyer
(203) 639-7245 405 Broad st
Meriden, CT 06450
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Family and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
Richard Charles Marquette
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HAMDEN, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(203) 687-4050 60 Washington Ave
Suite 302
HAMDEN, CT 06518
Criminal and Business
University of Virginia
Attorney Richard C. Marquette advocates for clients facing a variety of legal matters, including divorce, custody and visitation matters, and alimony disputes. He has more than 25 years of legal experience and knows how to pursue favorable results on behalf of his clients. Over the course of his career, he gained an invaluable amount of insight and knowledge on how the family law court works and is prepared to help his clients navigate even the most complex cases. He has been given an AV® Preeminent Rating™ by Martindale-Hubbell® in recognition of his stellar legal services.
Dean Hanafin
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Middletown, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(860) 724-2160 101 Centerpoint Dr
#105
Middletown, CT 06457
Criminal, Business and Employment
Roger Williams University School of Law
Attorney Dean Hanafin started his legal career as a prosecutor with the Office of the State’s Attorney where he handled criminal matters ranging from misdemeanors to serious felony cases. He was responsible for a significant daily docket, in addition to hearings and trial work. He tried numerous cases to verdict and developed his trial skills from significant time spent in the courtroom. In addition to training on trial tactics, Attorney Hanafin also received training on technological advancements that impact evidence in cases, including cell phone technology and current laws as they apply to drone use.

After moving on from his role...
Michael Boardman
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Groton, CT Criminal Law Lawyer
(860) 326-5100 317 Long Hill Rd.
Groton, CT 06340
Free ConsultationCriminal, Family, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Attorney Boardman grew up in Upstate NY, where he lived until he enlisted in the US Navy as a Submarine Sonar Technician. Following 9 years of service, Attorney Boardman left the service to attend law school. He is a graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law, and is admitted to practice law in the state of Connecticut. Attorney Boardman also holds an Associates Degree in Electronics from Thomas Edison State University, a Bachelor's Degree in Society and Justice from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Masters Degree...
John Scully
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West Hartford, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(860) 523-8818 1100 New Britain Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06110
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Legal Malpractice and Personal Injury
University of Connecticut School of Law
James Wing
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Simsbury, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 37 years experience
(860) 651-3707 619 Hopmeadow Street
Suite 2
Simsbury, CT 06070
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Connecticut School of Law
With over 30 years experience, Attorney Wing has tried cases to verdict before administrative, court and jury panels in Connecticut’s state and federal courts. He has been admitted in other states Pro Hac Vice and been involved in matters in Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York.

His experience includes advocating for clients at trials in civil and criminal courts and before administrative tribunals, arbitration panels and appellate courts. Attorney Wing has served as Guardian Ad Litem for minor children in Family Court proceedings and as a Family Special Master. Attorney Wing serves as a mediator in family and other disputes and...
Gregg Wagman
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New London, CT Criminal Law Attorney
(860) 444-0100 70 Howard St. Suite C
New London, CT 06320
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Quinnipiac School of Law
At the Law Offices of Gregg W. Wagman in New London, Connecticut, clients are guided through their challenges with a legal framework and options to make informed decisions. With an expansive knowledge of law including Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury and Family Law, clients can expect to receive one-on-one attention from Attorney Wagman and his well-trained staff. Attorney Wagman's comprehensive knowledge of law allows clients to receive counsel in cases ranging from motor vehicle violations to homicide. Attorney Wagman and his staff are dedicated to helping people maneuver through their difficult situations with a high level of commitment and empathy...
Mark Otto Grater
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Groton, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(860) 449-8059 4 Fort Hill Rd.
Groton, CT 06340
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
The majority of my practice involves bankrutcy for individuals, with the goal of giving them a fresh start in life and/or saving their property. I have also in the past tried numerous Court cases involving personal injury and criminal defense. I try to be there for my clients whenever they call.
Bryan McEntee
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Waterbury, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(203) 982-8396 19 Mitchell Avenue, 2nd Floor
Waterbury, CT 06710
Criminal, Estate Planning, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Massachusetts School of Law
Most people come looking for an attorney when something unpleasant has happened in their lives. Attorney McEntee understands the stress that you are experiencing. If retained, Attorney McEntee will personally dedicate himself to your legal matter and work hard to obtain the most positive outcome possible so that you no longer need to worry. Hard work, dedication, results. Rest assured. If you hire Attorney McEntee, your case will be handled competently.
William P Burns Jr
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Naugatuck, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(203) 723-9420 520 South Main Street
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Criminal, Family and Personal Injury
Quinnipiac University School of Law
I am William P. Burns, Jr., a family law attorney serving clients throughout Connecticut, including people in Waterbury, New Haven County and Fairfield County. My law offices were founded to help men and fathers who struggle with family law issues. These issues range from high net worth divorce and complex property division to parental relocation. I offer one-on-one personal service and treat every client with dignity and respect. I work hard to protect your rights – your right to parent your child, your right to an equitable distribution of property, your right to keep the small business you...
Tamar Rebecca Birckhead
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Guilford, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(203) 453-1007 18 Church Street
Guilford, CT 06437
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Harvard Law School
EFFECTIVE, EXPERIENCED, EASY TO WORK WITH: For over twenty-five years, Tamar R. Birckhead has represented individuals charged with criminal offenses in the state and federal court systems at the trial and appellate levels.  While she currently practices in Connecticut, Tamar is also licensed in Massachusetts, New York, and North Carolina. Tamar has defended clients in a wide variety of criminal cases—from felonies in state court to alleged acts of terrorism in federal court.  Among her clients was Richard Reid, the attempted “Shoe Bomber” prosecuted in the First Circuit under the U.S.A. Patriot Act. 

A cum laude graduate of Yale University...
Attorney Jeffrey L. Kline
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Enfield, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 42 years experience
(860) 745-1755 5300 Bigelow Commons
P.O. Box 850
Enfield, CT 06083
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Divorce and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
I have been practicing law in Connecticut for the past 35 years. I spent the first 10 years of my professional life as a State's Attorney in Hartford County, Connecticut. That experience gave me a familiarity with the court system and I consider myself well versed in all types of criminal law. I also practice family law, personal injury, real estate and probate matters.
Walter Charles Bansley IV
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Danielson, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
113 School Street
Danielson, CT 06239
Criminal and Personal Injury
Walt IV is a former Marine Corps Captain having deployed around the world to many Middle Eastern countries, East Timor, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Australia. Prior to his Marine Corps service, Walt earned his bachelor's degree, cum laude, from Boston University in 1997. Following his Marine Corps service, Walt attended Quinnipiac University's School of Law, graduating magna cum laude and in the top 15% of his class. Walt has tried numerous cases to verdict, from drugs and robbery to murder. Walt teaches at the university level the subjects of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Mock...
Michael F. Ross
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Cheshire, CT Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(203) 506-1433 975 Sperry Rd
Cheshire, CT 06410-3732
Criminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
University of Connecticut School of Law
D. Kirt Westfall
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Northford, CT Criminal Law Attorney
(203) 484-9630 P.O. Box 579
Northford, CT 06472
Criminal, DUI, Landlord Tenant and Personal Injury
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Founding and managing partner of boutique general practice law firm, a well-known general litigation practice that covers civil and criminal litigation through trial and appeal.

Selected achievements:
• Defense and successful counterclaim of seven-figure federal judgment
• Recoveries in numerous personal injury lawsuits against top rated insurance defense
• CUIPA recovery against insurer for failure to pay cardiopulmonary disability claim
• Initiated, litigated, negotiated and resolved complex commercial litigation of multiple commercial parties
• Start to finish courtside and jury awards in multiple civil rights lawsuits
• Labor and employment recoveries against municipalities and prominent government official
• Successful reversal of lower court ruling on appeal
• Supervised, trained and mentored...
Brian S. Mead
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Quinebaug, CT Criminal Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(860) 935-9211 148 Old Turnpike Rd
Quinebaug, CT 06281
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and White Collar Crime
Western New England University School of Law
1. Military Service:
Enlisted May 2, 1966 Private Infantry Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Infantry May 15, 1967
1967-1973: Majority of Assignments US Army Special Forces /or Military Schools 1973-1975: Selected for the fully funded Army Degree Completion: University of Wisconsin at Parkside
August 6, 1976: Medically Retired as a Captain.

2. Education:
1961-1965: High School Tourtellotte Memorial
1965-1966: Uconn at Storrs- Majored Engineering quit 2nd semester to join Army
1973-1975: Army Degree Completion University of Wisconsin at Parkside Double Major Psychology/Sociology graduated Cum Laude
.1977-1980: Western New England School of Law- took Connecticut Bar exam, February1980...
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.