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Criminal Charges in New Haven for Out-of-State Residents

If you live in another part of Connecticut and are charged with a criminal offense, the biggest problem is going to be simply the inconvenience of having to travel back to New Haven. The process does not change, the allegations do not change. It may change the way an attorney handles the case, such as speed of handling it and desire to handle it. However, the actual process in the way that an attorney handles the case – simply being charged in a different state or simply being charged in New Haven but living in a different area – does not impact the actual process or the likely outcome associated with the case.

Individuals who live out-of-state, though, can still be charged with criminal offense in Connecticut. If you are facing criminal charges in New Haven, but live in another state, it is very important to have a knowledgeable New Haven criminal lawyer to defend you. Not only will your attorney who will be able to build you a strong defense in your case, but you will also have someone on your side who is familiar with the New Haven area and the corresponding laws.

If You Live in Another State

If you live in another state and you’re charged with a crime in Connecticut, there are a number of things to be aware of. First and foremost, having to travel back to Connecticut is going to be a major inconvenience, even if you live in New York or Massachusetts. If you live in Colorado and have to come to Connecticut, it may not be feasible to routinely comeback to court over the period of several months.

It’s important that you contact a local attorney, who is familiar with the prosecutors and the judges. An attorney can go over the process in advance of your case and try to speed that process up by trying to adjust the case from the very beginning by getting the reports. They are able to do so by talking to the prosecutors outside of the normal court hours, and trying to get the plan in place from the very beginning to minimize the number of court appearances that are necessary.

This applies more to the less serious charges, where attorneys can deal with things more administratively by going over and talking to the prosecutor and having the file pulled to get a sense of the case.

In the situation where it’s a very serious charge, that type of leeway is unlikely to occur. In a serious case, you’ll need to make arrangements to come back to Connecticut and that is a potential inconvenience. Given the magnitude of a serious criminal case and the real possibility of incarceration, however, it’s something that you need to handle and plan for from the very beginning.

The Three Most Important Things to Do

The number one thing that someone needs to do is contact a lawyer. Whether that’s being represented by a private attorney or by a public defender, you need to be in contact with your attorney in order understand the process you are choosing, and to get the information that you need in order to put together a successful defense.

The next most important thing is working with your attorney to establish a defense. Our firm has a three-pronged defense that focuses on the factual allegations, whether there are legal challenges we can make, and also what we call a social defense. It’s very important that you work with your lawyer and have a plan of defense from the very beginning.

The final thing that is important is that you understand the process and what the plan is with your attorney. You have to communicate with your lawyer so you don’t have any surprises down the road and so you understand what is happening.