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This podcast answers questions about Connecticut Criminal Law, featuring the lawyers of Ruane, DiNardi, Lage, & Paz, and hosted by Attorney Jay Ruane and his partners.
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S8:E1 Intro to Dennis Mancini and Professional License Defense

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01:15
November 13, 2020
S9:E9 Connecticut Diversionary Programs - Family Violence Education Program
In the final episode of the season, Attorney Rob Fontaine discusses the Family Violence Education Program and who might be eligible for the program with a case pending in court in Connecticut.  The Connecticut Family Violence Education Program is a diversionary program for those who face Connecticut domestic violence charges. It is available to those who have been charged with issues such as bodily harm, stalking, assault, and patterns of violence. Eligibility also hinges on not having used this program in the past, not being convicted of family violence since October 1st, 1986, and not having used the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program for Family Violence since October 1st, 1986.  This diversionary program is an alternative to jail time and other penalties for first time offenders. Whether you are facing a domestic violence crime at the Hartford, Enfield, Manchester, New Britain, Rockville, and Torrington, or some other Courthouse, the Family Violence Education Program might be an option for you.  You can learn more about the Family Violence Education Program on our website or by following Attorney Fontaine on Facebook.
04:28
August 20, 2020
S9:E8 Connecticut Diversionary Programs - Community Service Labor Program
In this episode, Attorney Rob Fontaine discusses the Connecticut Community Service Labor Program (CSLP), which has undergone changes since its creation in 1990. This program was created for those facing Connecticut drug crimes. Instead of serving a jail sentence for a drug related crime, Connecticut defendants that are eligible can complete community service. Due to the changes made to this program, it can be used now as a post-conviction way to avoid jail time for drug offenses. Those eligible for Connecticut's CSLP are: Defendants who have never previously been convicted of illegal manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription or dispensing controlled substances or illegal manufacture, distribution, sale, prescription or dispensing controlled substances by a non-drug dependent person. Defendants who have been convicted of a drug possession offense as a first offense. Defendants that have not previously participated in CSLP. Whether your drug case is being heard in Bridgeport, New Haven, Stamford, Torrington, Hartford, or anywhere in between, the CSLP can be a powerful tool. Learn more here and on our website or by contacting an attorney. Also make sure to follow Attorney Fontaine on Facebook for more Connecticut legal information.
03:41
August 20, 2020
S9:E7 Connecticut Diversionary Programs - Pretrial School Violence Education Program
Attorney Rob Fontaine of Ruane Attorneys discusses the Connecticut Pretrial School Violence Education Program in this episode of our podcast. This is one of many Connecticut diversionary programs. Rob explains your child's eligibility for this program if they face an arrest at a Connecticut school. If a child is charged with the threat of or use of physical violence on Connecticut school property or at school sponsored activities, they could be eligible for this program. The program consists of group anger management counseling to help kids learn to control their emotions and channel them into positive endeavors.  The Pretrial School Violence Education Program is an alternative to a run-in with the Connecticut juvenile court or criminal court system. It is a diversionary program meant to rehabilitate teens that express troubling behavior. No matter what school your child goes to, whether it is in Hartford County, Litchfield County, Fairfield County, New Haven County, Tolland County, Middlesex County, or Windham County, they will have an opportunity to take advantage of this program. Learn more about this program in this episode, or visit our website for more information. You can also follow Attorney Fontaine's Facebook page for more information. https://www.facebook.com/Attorney-Robert-Fontaine-109179583756279/
04:49
August 20, 2020
S9:E6 Connecticut Diversionary Programs - Youthful Offenders
In this episode of Season Nine, Connecticut criminal defense attorney Rob Fontaine discusses the Connecticut youthful offender program, in light of the recent Raise The Age legislation and its positives and negatives. This s one of many Connecticut diversionary programs. Connecticut teens accused of a crime who are older than 16 but younger than 18 years old are eligible for the youthful offender program. This allows certain privileges for their Connecticut juvenile court cases. They will receive greater court confidentiality than adults. In addition, once the offender turns 21, their juvenile record will be erased, as long as they don't commit any other crimes before reaching the age of 21.  There are some Connecticut crimes that make a teenager ineligible for youthful offender status. Rob discusses the eligibility requirements on this episode.  No matter where in Connecticut a person faces a juvenile arrest, the youthful offender program is an option. All Connecticut courthouses will entertain the youthful offender option. It is a good idea to contact a Connecticut juvenile defense lawyer to determine if your child is eligible and how to best handle their legal situation.  For more information, check out our website. Need more Connecticut legal information? Follow Rob on Facebook.
06:55
August 20, 2020
S9:E5 Connecticut Diversionary Programs - Pretrial Alcohol Education Program
In this episode, Attorney Rob Fontaine talks the basics of the Connecticut Alcohol Education Program. This is a popular program for first time Connecticut DUI offenders. This program allows offenders to participate in treatment programs and rehabilitative classes instead of facing jail time. If a person successfully completes the Alcohol Education Program, the Connecticut court will dismiss their case.  It doesn't matter what Connecticut road, town, or city you were arrested in, nor does it matter which Connecticut courthouse your case has been assigned to. If you are a first time offender and you fulfill the eligibility requirements, the Alcohol Education Program will be an option that you can consider.  There are pros and cons to using the Connecticut Alcohol Education Program to avoid a Driving Under the Influence conviction. A Connecticut DUI lawyer can help you weigh these pros and cons and make the right decision for yourself. If you would like to meet with our staff, we have offices in Shelton, Wethersfield, Norwich, and Stamford. We are happy to discuss your situation with you.  For more information, visit our website. You can also follow Rob on Facebook here.
05:45
August 20, 2020
S9:E4 Connecticut Diversionary Programs - CADAC
In this episode, Attorney Rob Fontaine talks about the often misunderstood and rarely used, but still on the books CADAC program in Connecticut. This is one of many diversionary programs in the state. The Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Program is meant to help those in Connecticut struggling with drug and alcohol dependency. This is treatment program that can be used as an alternative to jail time for those charged with a crime in Connecticut who are also drug dependent. There are a few other requirements that Attorney Fontaine discusses in this episode. This program can only be used once, so if you are considering this program, make sure that you are using it to the best of your ability.  Whether you are facing a case at the Stamford Courthouse, Torrington Courthouse, New Haven Courthouse, or any other courthouse in Connecticut, CADAC will be available if you meet the requirements.  You can learn more about this diversionary program on the Ruane Attorneys website. Also make sure to follow Attorney Fontaine on Facebook for more Connecticut legal information.
08:06
August 20, 2020
S9:E3 - Drug Education and Community Service Program
There are several Connecticut diversionary programs geared towards those who need help with substance abuse. In this episode, Connecticut criminal defense attorney Rob Fontaine discusses the Pretrial Drug Education and Community Service Program. This program is designed to assist those charged with drug crimes in getting them the treatment that they may need, as well as giving them an opportunity to give back to their community through community service. Rob discusses eligibility, fees and costs, and the benefits of program usage for defendants. The Pretrial Drug Education and Community Service Program is designed to teach those with substance issues about the long term health issues of substance abuse and how to overcome their issues.  Those eligible for this program are those charged with crimes such as the use, possession/deliverance of drug paraphernalia; possession of a controlled substance; or possession of less than ½ oz. of cannabis type substance. To be eligible, you also can't have already used the Drug Education Program or the Pretrial Community Service Labor Program twice.  Rob goes into more detail about the program on this podcast. For further assistance, make sure to contact a Connecticut criminal defense attorney. You can also visit our website for more resources, and make sure to follow Attorney Fontaine on Facebook!
07:24
August 19, 2020
S9:E2 The Supervised Diversionary Program
In this episode of Season Nine, Attorney Rob Fontaine explains the ins and outs of the Supervised Diversionary Program. This is just one of the many diversionary programs available in Connecticut.  The Supervised Diversionary Program is a program that is specifically structured for defendants with psychiatric conditions or disabilities. On this episode, Rob goes over which defendants are eligible, what the requirements of the program are, any associated fees, and the benefits of successful completion. It is important to note that if you are eligible, the Supervised Diversionary Program is available at all Connecticut courthouses. This includes the Bridgeport Courthouse, Norwalk Courthouse, Danbury Courthouse, New London Courthouse, Waterbury Courthouse, etc.  For more information, check out the Ruane Attorneys website. You can also follow Rob on Facebook here.
07:45
August 19, 2020
S9:E1 Intro to Connecticut Diversionary Programs & Accelerated Rehabilitation
Welcome to Season Nine! In this episode, Attorney Fontaine will discuss diversionary programs as a whole in Connecticut, as well as the Accelerated Rehabilitation Program in detail. We will cover the requirements, fees, and expectations for participating defendants, as well as the benefits of the program. We hope that this will add to your understanding of the Connecticut AR program and help you make decisions in the future. The other programs covered in this season are: The Supervised Diversionary Program The Drug Education and Community Service Program The Connecticut Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling Program The Pretrial Alcohol Education Program The Youthful Offenders Program The Pretrial School Violence Education Program The Community Service Labor Program The Family Violence Education Program Check out this episode to learn more about diversionary programs and follow Rob on social media for more Connecticut legal information. 
13:01
August 19, 2020
S8:E10 Violations of Code and Complaints of Victims - The Most Common Reason for Discipline
In the last episode of this season, Attorney Mancini covers the most common reasons for Connecticut professional license discipline and how the stakes are raised when there is a "victim" complaining against you. Throughout this episode, you can learn more about the disciplinary process that you face if your professional license is in question. The process will differ slightly based on the license that you hold, but in general the process is the same whether you have a medical license, sales license, contractor license, or another type of Connecticut professional license. You can expect that if a complaint is filed against you and your license, the corresponding Department or Board that is in charge of your license will open an investigation to learn more. After an investigation, you may choose to settle the dispute or ask for a formal hearing in which you can defend yourself.  Make sure to follow Dennis on Facebook for more information! 
04:51
August 11, 2020
S8:E9 Why Could Your Professional License be Suspended or Revoked?
In this episode, Attorney Dennis Mancini covers the common infractions or events that could lead you to professional license discipline in Connecticut. If you listen to nothing else, make sure you listen to this episode! There are many mistakes that could cause a Board or Department to investigate a Connecticut professional license. A criminal arrest, whether in Stamford, New Haven, Hartford, Bridgeport, New London, or some other part of the state, could lead to an investigation into your license.  The same goes for substance abuse, whether you have a medical license, services license, sales license, or some other type of license.  Another common reason for a license investigation is conduct that is against the guidelines for a specific license or career. This will almost certainly lead to a complaint or action taken by the Board.  Make sure to listen to this episode to learn more about license suspensions and revocation. For more information, follow Dennis' Facebook page!
09:29
August 11, 2020
S8:E8 Service Professionals in CT and how Licensing Discipline Can Impact Them
In this episode, Dennis covers the service professionals and licensing requirements in Connecticut and how actions against their license can impact their career. Service licenses include those for tattoo artists, massage therapists, hair stylists, gaming professionals, and more. Whether your business is in Manchester or Danbury, you need to obtain a Connecticut service license and make sure that you follow the regulations for that license. Failure to do so could result in action taken against you and your license. You could face fines, probation, a license suspension, or even license revocation.  You can keep in touch with Dennis by following him on social media. 
09:14
August 11, 2020
S8:E7 Healthcare Professionals in Connecticut and License Discipline
In this episode, Attorney Dennis Mancini talks about the different healthcare professions in Connecticut and some common discipline issues they might face. There is a wide range of Connecticut healthcare professionals and professional licenses that a person can obtain. A few common professions include: Optometrist Physical therapist Podiatrist Physician Nurse Chiropractor Pharmacist EMT Dentist Veterinarian  Psychologist Psychiatrist  Occupational therapist Medical professionals are oftentimes highly scrutinized because their jobs are so important. In this episode, you can learn more about how a Connecticut healthcare license could be called into question. If you would like to learn more about Dennis, follow him on Facebook!
10:33
August 11, 2020
S8:E6 Negotiation, Settlements, and Stipulations
In this episode, Professional License Lawyer Attorney Dennis Mancini talks about the pathways to resolving your case with negotiations and settlements to avoid a hearing, including suspension, probation, restrictions and revocation. In Connecticut, the general disciplinary process for those facing issues with their professional licenses starts with a complaint and an investigation into their practice. These investigations can be deeply personal, as a Board may request information about your clients, your employees, your practice, and even your personal life. After the investigation, the Board will determine if they want to move forward with the process or if they want to dismiss the allegations against you. If the Board decides to move forward, you may enter into negotiations and a settlement process with the Board. Alternatively, you can request a formal hearing in which you can try to defend yourself against the accusations that you face.  Attorney Mancini discusses the pros and cons of negotiations and settlements on this episode. Keep in touch with Dennis by following him on Facebook. 
05:20
July 31, 2020
S8:E5 Hearings and Evidence
In this episode, Connecticut professional license defense lawyer Dennis Mancini reveals a major misunderstanding of how evidence works in hearings. He explains how the evidence would be presented against you, and how to get your evidence ready in your defense. When it comes to defending a Connecticut professional license, it is important to become familiar with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act (UAPA). This act establishes what types of evidence are and are not allowed in professional license defense hearings.  In this episode, Dennis talks more about hearsay evidence, the burden of proof, and other types of evidence that can and cannot be presented if your professional license is on the line.  Learn more by listening to this episode. You can keep in touch with Dennis through his Facebook page. 
07:52
July 30, 2020
S8:E4 Connecticut Licensing Hearing
In this episode, Connecticut professional license defense attorney Dennis Mancini explains the hearing process, how the UAPA governs, and what to expect in a hearing. If your Connecticut professional license is on the line, whether you practice in Greenwich, New London, or anywhere in between, you need to know what you are up against so that you can protect yourself. The Uniform Administrative Procedures Act (UAPA) will outline many of the regulations that need to be followed in the disciplinary process. You can refer to this act for more information.  If your healthcare license, contractor license, or any other license is on the line in Connecticut, you probably want to know what the hearing process is like. Dennis outlines this process in this episode. If you have additional questions, you can reach out to Dennis through Facebook. 
07:15
July 30, 2020
S8:E3 Your Rights as a Connecticut Professional License Holder
In this episode, Attorney Mancini talks about the discipline process and how a department goes about an investigation - and what you can do to protect yourself and your license! Gaining a professional license in Connecticut, whether it is a medical license, a sales license, or some other type of license, is an extensive process. It requires time, money, and skill to obtain these licenses. Unfortunately, your work is not done once your license is granted. Now you need to protect your license and avoid an issue with the agency that administered it.  In this episode, you can learn more about why your license might be in jeopardy, the rights that you have while you go through the disciplinary process, and ultimately, how you can protect your license.  To learn more about Dennis, make sure to follow him on Facebook!
07:05
July 30, 2020
S8:E2 Who Controls Professional Licensing in Connecticut?
In this episode, Dennis Mancini, from The License Lawyers, talks about what agencies are in control of professional licensing in Connecticut. Every license in Connecticut is unique. Different licenses require different application processes, and in some cases, different actions can lead to issues with your license.  The major agencies that control professional licenses are the Department of Public Health and the Department of Consumer Protection. There are other agencies that oversee Connecticut professional licenses as well. Dennis outlines these agencies' requirements on this episode of the podcast.  Looking to Connecticut with Dennis? You can find him on Facebook!
06:19
July 30, 2020
S8:E1 Intro to Dennis Mancini and Professional License Defense
In this special season of The Connecticut Criminal Law Podcast, we welcome Attorney Dennis Mancini, who tells us all about Connecticut professional license defense. Obtaining a professional license in Connecticut can be a grueling process. There are usually education requirements, training, testing, and more. This is a considerable investment in yourself and your future. Once you get your license, whether it is a sales license, service license, healthcare license, or some other type of license, you do not want to lose it! This season, Dennis will talk about potential issues with these professional licenses and how you can protect yourself from disciplinary action. You can learn more about Dennis by visiting his Facebook page!
08:05
July 30, 2020
S7:E9 Connecticut Juvenile Case Dispositions and Juvenile Conviction Expungements
To finish the season, juvenile defense lawyer Jill Ruane discusses how juvenile cases can be resolved and what to do to make sure your child's juvenile record is kept from the public. In some cases, a Connecticut juvenile case can simply be dismissed from court. In this case, the record of the juvenile case will be erased and your child will not deal with any consequences. It is difficult to get a dismissal, but it is possible. Alternatively, your child might be referred to a court ordered program here in Connecticut. Another potential resolution is a "nolle." This is not necessarily a dismissal, but it means that in exchange for doing something, the client's case is not pursued by the court. If there are no further issues, the court will erase the case file in 13 months. Your family may also choose to negotiate with the prosecution, or ultimately take the case to trial.  On this episode of the podcast, you can learn more about these case resolution options, as well as how juveniles can have their juvenile cases expunged (or erased) in the future. To keep in touch with Jill, check out her Facebook page!
10:14
July 23, 2020
S7:E8 Common Juvenile Crimes in Connecticut
In this very special episode, Attorney Jill Ruane explains common crimes that Connecticut juveniles can be charged with so you can understand what the allegations are against your teen. Some of the most common Connecticut crimes that teens face are: Criminal mischief Disorderly conduct Assault Criminal trespassing Larceny Burglary Arson Jill goes into more detail in this episode of the podcast to explain why juveniles commit crimes, what these crimes actually mean, and how you can protect your child. Whether your child faces a legal issue in Hartford County, Fairfield County, or anywhere in the state, we can help. Follow Jill on Facebook to learn more about her and Ruane Attorneys. 
05:12
July 23, 2020
S7:E7 Your Teenager's/Juvenile's Rights with Police
Attorney Jill Ruane, a lawyer who works with Connecticut juvenile criminal defense, talks about how your teen should interact with police both in school and in public, to give them tips on how to protect themselves. In this episode of the podcast, Jill explains how to talk to your kids about their encounters with the police. Especially in today's climate, it is important for teens to know how to respectfully and safely interact with Connecticut police officers, while still protecting their rights.  Make sure that your teenagers know their rights if they are pulled over, suspected of possessing drugs, under the influence of alcohol, or in other common cases of juvenile legal issues.  For more information, make sure to follow Jill on Facebook.
11:27
July 23, 2020
S7:E6 Juvenile Alcohol Laws and Social Host Questions
In this episode, Connecticut juvenile defense lawyer Jill Ruane addresses a common issue for teens - alcohol use - and how parents can be liable for social host law violations. If a teenager decides to drink at an adult's house in Connecticut, it is not just their future that is at stake - the adult who owns the property could also face legal trouble. This is according to Connecticut's social host liability laws. In many cases, adults are responsible for making sure that those who are underage do not consume alcohol while on their property. This is sometimes the case even if the property owner is not home.  It is important to talk to your kids about the consequences not just for them, but for their whole family or a friend's family if they choose to drink alcohol while underage in someone's home. This is the case throughout the state - from Stamford to Bridgeport to Glastonbury and beyond.  Check out the episode to learn more. To stay in touch with Jill, you can follow her on Facebook. 
10:59
July 23, 2020
S7:E5 Connecticut Juveniles, School Related Discipline, and Arrests.
Attorney Jill Ruane talks about the intersection of school discipline and the juvenile justice system in Connecticut. This episode of our podcast focuses on how you may not have as many protections in Connecticut schools as you may think! A few common school issues that your Connecticut teen might face include:  Academic misconduct Violating safety policies Cyberbullying or bullying Vaping Some of these issues may be handled by the school internally, but in some situations, the police might get involved as well. In these cases, your teen will face disciplinary action from the school, which might include detention, suspension, or even expulsion, and they will also face legal consequences from the juvenile justice system such as mandatory classes, probation, community service, or even time in a juvenile facility.  This episode will provide more information on school related issues, your child's rights in school, and how to protect your child if they face a school issue.  Stay in touch with Jill by following her on social media. 
12:10
July 23, 2020
S7:E4 Juveniles and Drug Crimes in Connecticut
In this episode of Season Seven, Jill talks about decriminalization of marijuana and how a drug case is treated in the Connecticut juvenile justice system. While marijuana has decriminalized or legalized marijuana in many states, recreational marijuana has not been legalized in Connecticut. This means that if your child is found in possession of marijuana in Connecticut, they could face a run-in with the juvenile justice system. Your child could face many different types of penalties, such as fines, a Connecticut driver's license suspension, participation in drug treatment programs, and more.  If your child is accused of selling, possessing, or using marijuana, you need a Connecticut juvenile defense attorney like Jill on your side. You can learn more about her by following her on Facebook here. 
05:30
July 23, 2020
S7:E3 Teens, Sex, Sexting, and Teenage Domestic Violence in Connecticut
In this episode, Attorney Jill Ruane shatters the myths of teenage sex crimes in Connecticut and gives examples of how your teen could end up on the wrong side of the law. When it comes to teenage sex in Connecticut, consent is an important variable. In Connecticut, the age of consent is 16. This means that those under the age of 16 cannot consent to sexual activities, even if they believe that they want to engage in them.  However, there are some exceptions meant to protect teenagers who do not reach the age of consent. If having sex with someone under the age of 13, the other party cannot be more than two years older. If having sex with someone age 13-15, the other party cannot be more than three years older.  Issues of sexual assault, sexting, and domestic violence are taken very seriously in Connecticut. You can learn more about them in this episode.  To reach out to juvenile defense attorney Jill Ruane, find her on Facebook.
10:05
July 23, 2020
S7:E2 Teens and Connecticut Driving Laws
In episode two, Jill covers the laws for Connecticut teens and driving, including when the police can and cannot search the car your teen is in and how they should interact with police when driving.  Motor vehicle violations in Connecticut occur for drivers of all ages. However, there are some restrictions imposed on Connecticut teenage drivers that are not imposed on adults. These restrictions include who can and cannot be passengers in a car with a teenaged driver, curfew restrictions, and more.  In addition, your teen might not know what to do if they are pulled over by Connecticut police. Should they cooperate? Should they answer all of the police officer's questions? Should they let the officer search the car? In this episode, Connecticut juvenile defense attorney Jill Ruane answers these questions and more. To connect with Jill, find her on Facebook!
11:21
July 23, 2020
S7:E1 Introduction to Juvenile Criminal Defense with Attorney Jill Ruane
In Season 7 of the podcast we will be featuring Attorney Jill Ruane, who handles juvenile criminal defense in Connecticut. In this first episode, she explains the basics of the juvenile justice system in Connecticut and the three types of cases it handles. In addition, she discusses how the juvenile court differs from adult court. Connecticut juvenile cases fall into three categories: delinquency, Family with Service Needs ( FWSN), and child protection cases. Delinquency cases are when the minor child is arrested and charged with allegedly committing a crime. A Family with Service Needs or FWSN is a status offense case, which typically occurs when a juvenile is accused of running away, being truant or beyond the parent’s control. Child Protection matters involve situations where the Department of Children & Families (DCF) files court documents alleging abuse, neglect, or imminent harm of a minor child. Learn more from Jill on this podcast, and follow her on Facebook for more Connecticut juvenile law information. 
16:21
July 22, 2020
S6:E10 Defenses and Immunities
In the final episode of the season, civil rights lawyer Dan Lage discusses how governmental agencies will fight to deny you your civil rights, and how the system could be stacked against you, unless you have a dedicated civil rights lawyer on your side. The multiple defenses and immunities  the government can raise in a civil rights cases can quickly frustrate a lawyer not used to fighting these battles, so it is important to find the right Connecticut civil rights lawyer to fight for you.  There are a lot of elements that your lawyer should think about in order to properly defend you against discrimination issues or any other type of civil rights issue that you face. Some common defenses include the failure to state a claim defense, the statute of limitations defense, lack of knowledge defense, and many more.  You can also learn about immunity in these kinds of situations here. To connect with Dan, follow him on Facebook. 
13:38
July 17, 2020
S6:E9 Supervisory and Municipal Liability under Section 1983
In this episode of Season Six, civil rights lawyer Dan Lage answers an important question - when a government employee violates your rights, who pays? Here, dan discusses civil rights violations. He also explores how cities and municipalities can be financially responsible for their employee's actions when done under the color of law.  Your natural inclination in a Connecticut police officer causes an accident or harm that they or their employer (the municipality) will be responsible for the damages. However, this is not always the case. There are four basic methods for establishing municipality liability that a good Connecticut civil rights lawyer should explore. Dan discusses these methods in detail in this episode.  For more information, visit the Ruane Attorneys website and make sure to follow Dan on Facebook!
10:40
July 17, 2020
S6:E8 Title IX Claims - Equal Opportunity in Education
For Episode Eight of this civil rights season, Dan Lage, civil rights lawyer, discusses equal opportunity in Connecticut education, and how there remains an ongoing battle to obtain equal footing for women and other students.  Connecticut schools as well as schools throughout the country need to comply with Title IX, which ensures that people cannot be excluded from any education programs or activity that gets funding from the Federal government based on their sex. Historically, Title IX has applied to athletics, but it also applies to anything else that fits the description mentioned above.  If you think that you or a loved one has not received equal opportunity in Connecticut education, this episode is for you! For more information, visit the Ruane Attorneys website and make sure to follow Dan on social media!
13:38
July 17, 2020
S6:E7 Employment Discrimination
In this episode of Season Six, Dan discusses employment discrimination in Connecticut.  Here, Dan explains how if you are a person of color, a member of the LGBTQ community, an immigrant, a person of a certain faith, an older person, or a differently-abled person, your work environment could become too toxic for continued employment. Our laws here in Connecticut were designed to protect you from these workplace discrimination issues. Whether you face harassment, wrongful termination, rejection of your application, or some other issue, a Connecticut civil rights lawyer can help. For more information, check out our website and follow Dan on Facebook. 
11:22
July 17, 2020
S6:E6 Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Lawsuits
In part two of a two-part mini series, Partner Dan Lage tackles the hot topic of police misconduct, including illegal searches under the Fourth Amendment and Excessive Force by law enforcement. Searches and seizures that do not conform to the standards set by the Fourth Amendment could mean that your civil rights have been violated and you can take action.  Remember that if you consent to a search, this is not the case. Throughout this episode, Attorney Lage discusses the situations in which searches are legal and in what cases searches violate a person's constitutional rights. Don't miss this very important episode. The information outlined here can help you protect yourself from police misconduct. For more information, visit the Ruane Attorneys website and follow Dan on Facebook. 
12:09
July 17, 2020
S6:E5 Police Misconduct and Civil Rights Lawsuits
In this episode, Part 1 of a two-part mini series, Dan tackles the hot topic of police misconduct. In this episode, you can learn more about Connecticut police issues, including negligence, false arrest, excessive force, and malicious prosecution. These can be used as potential claims that a Connecticut civil rights lawsuit can allege against the police. With a Connecticut civil rights lawyer on your side, you will be able to determine police misconduct and fight for your rights. For more information, visit our website. You can also keep in touch with Dan by following him on Facebook. 
07:04
July 17, 2020
S6:E4 Meeting with Your Lawyer
Meeting with your Connecticut civil rights lawyer is an important part of your civil rights case. In this important episode, Partner Dan Lage, head of the Civil Rights Division at Connecticut's Ruane Attorneys, covers how to prepare to meet with a civil rights lawyer to talk about a possible civil rights case.  Dan outlines a few important steps, including: Writing down your thoughts Assembling the evidence Talking to witnesses Contacting a lawyer quickly Remaining calm The right Connecticut civil rights lawyer can determine if your constitutional rights have been violated, and the best course of action to take. You can learn more on our website. You can also stay in touch with Dan by following him on Facebook. 
09:35
July 17, 2020
S6:E3 - Who Can You Sue?
In this episode, Attorney Dan Lage, Partner at Ruane Attorneys, discusses what individuals and entities may be the target of your Connecticut civil rights lawsuit.  If you have your rights violated and are trying to decide who might be responsible, this is the episode for you. In this episode, Dan talks about when to sue individual Connecticut police officers, a town's police department, the town itself, or even the state. These all might be options depending on your situation. For more information, check out the Ruane Attorneys website. You can also find Dan on Facebook and stay up-to-date on Connecticut law through his page. 
05:50
July 17, 2020
S6:E2 - Who Can Sue?
In this episode of Season Six, Ruane Attorneys Partner Dan Lage discusses some examples of the types of cases that can give rise to a cause of action. In other words, he explains what someone can sue for in a Connecticut civil rights case. There are many ways in which your constitutional rights can be violated by the Connecticut police, by an employer, a school, an institution, and more. Attorney Lage gives a few examples of common civil rights issues in Connecticut and what to do about them. For more information, reach out to us. 
07:09
July 17, 2020
S6:E1 The Civil Rights Lawsuit
This season of the Ruane Attorneys podcast will center around civil rights issues in America. In this episode, we welcome our guest host for this season's discussion, Connecticut civil rights Attorney Dan Lage. Throughout this season, Attorney Lage will cover some historical background to civil rights law and explain what a civil rights lawsuit might like like once it's filed. He will walk you through common issues, examples, and potential outcomes for your civil rights case.  You can find more information on the Ruane Attorneys website. You can also keep in touch with Dan by following his Facebook page. 
08:31
July 17, 2020
S5:E10 Violations of Probation in Connecticut
In the last episode of the season, Connecticut criminal defense attorney Jim Ruane talks about the challenges with being on probation and being violated, and how the stakes are much higher if you are facing violation of probation (VOP) issues in Connecticut. When a person is placed on probation in Connecticut, this usually comes with certain terms for release. These terms might include not possessing firearms, keeping a job, checking in with a Connecticut probation officer at designated times, refraining from using drugs and alcohol, etc. If a person is found in violation of their release conditions, they are in violation of their probation. If violation of probation is proven, you could be sent back to jail.  You can learn more about violation of probation by checking out our website. 
04:44
June 26, 2020
S5:E9 Pleas, Trials and Sentencing in Connecticut Criminal Cases
One of the hardest things to do when faced with a criminal charge is decided to resolve your case with a plea or go to trial. Connecticut criminal defense attorney Jim Ruane explains the complex factors that can go into a decision in this episode of the podcast. By understanding both options, and the sentencing consequences, you can make an informed decision. Connecticut guilty pleas in criminal cases can take three forms - straight guilty pleas, Alford pleas, and no contest pleas. Jim describes the pleas in more detail. This information can help you make a decision if you are thinking of making a guilty plea.  Alternatively, you may choose to plead not guilty in your case. Jim also explains the pros and cons of this decision here. Visit our website to learn more.
05:49
June 26, 2020
S5:E8 Drug Sales and Possession in Connecticut
In this very special episode, Connecticut criminal defense attorney Jim Ruane discusses common Connecticut drug crimes. He outlines the crimes of drug possession and sales, as well as the defenses that you and your attorney can make to whatever charges you face. Jim also discusses some options if you are charged with either offense. In this episode, you can learn more about: Classifications of drugs (called Schedules in Connecticut) Physical drug possession Constructive possession Legalization and decriminalization of certain drugs Drug sale definition For more information on Connecticut drug crimes, check out the Ruane Attorneys website. 
05:49
June 26, 2020
S5:E7 Connecticut Criminal Firearms Laws
In Episode Seven of this season, Connecticut criminal trial specialist Jim Ruane talks about firearms charges in Connecticut. He discusses how the politics of firearms impacts case results. Did you know that Connecticut has some of the most complex and stringent firearm laws in the country? It is also very difficult for someone who has been convicted of a crime to legally own a firearm. Finally, Connecticut doesn't recognize out-of-state carry permits or licenses, so do not expect your out-of-state license to be sufficient in Connecticut . Gun ownership and crimes committed using guns are taken very seriously. You can learn more about license requirements as well as who can and cannot possess firearms on this episode. For more information, visit our website. 
05:49
June 26, 2020
S5:E6 Assault, Fighting, Breach of Peace in Connecticut: The Law and the Penalties
In this episode, Jim discusses the laws around assault charges in Connecticut and what you can be facing if you wind up charged with assault at any degree. Connecticut assault crimes include assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, and assault in the third degree. Other assault type behaviors in Connecticut are disorderly conduct, threatening, and breach of peace. In this episode, Jim provides more information about these assault charges as well as defense to them.  For more information, check out our website. 
09:56
June 26, 2020
S5:E5 Larceny, Shoplifting and Stealing - The Crime and Punishment in Connecticut
In the 5th episode of the season, Ruane Attorneys senior trial lawyer Jim Ruane talks about larceny, theft, shoplifting and the penalties for the different value levels you could be facing. In Connecticut, there are many forms of larceny. Outlined in this episode are a few common ones, as well as some frequently asked questions that he receives at Ruane Attorneys. You can also learn about Connecticut penalties for different larceny related crimes in this episode. Whether you face a larceny charge at the Danbury, Stamford, or Torrington Courthouse, or anywhere in between, this episode can give you the information that you need. For more information on larceny, theft, and similar Connecticut crimes, visit our website.
08:52
June 26, 2020
S5:E4 The Disgrace of the Connecticut Criminal Justice System - "Motion" Practice
In this episode of Season Five, Attorney Jim Ruane talks about motion practice in Connecticut, and how it fails criminal defendants and defense lawyers and makes the system unfair and biased.  In Connecticut criminal cases, there are two main types of motions that are made - the Motion to Dismiss and the Motion to Suppress. Jim talks more about these motions and what they mean for someone charged with a Connecticut crime in this episode.  This episode also outlines information on different types of stops and seizures, such as searches related to arrests, searches in a car, inventory searches, and more.  To learn more, check out the Ruane Attorneys website. 
13:25
June 26, 2020
S5:E3 "I Wasn't Read MY Rights" and Why That Usually Doesn't Matter!
One of the most common questions that Connecticut criminal defense lawyers get is about the need for police to read you your rights. In this very special episode, Attorney Jim Ruane breaks down the Miranda rights and when they are required...hint - it's not often! Despite what you have seen on TV, Miranda rights and Miranda warnings are not essential in many criminal situations. In this episode, Jim explains general intent crimes and specific intent crimes, as well as what they mean to the police and Connecticut law. These types of crimes are also related to Miranda warnings, as well as if or when they should be used. You can visit the Ruane Attorneys website to learn more!
05:40
June 26, 2020
S5:E2 Bail and Arraignment in Criminal Cases
In this episode, Connecticut criminal defense lawyer Jim Ruane talks about the bail and arraignment process in Connecticut. After a person is arrested in Connecticut, whether this happens in Greenwich or Fairfield or New London, bail will be set for that person's release from jail. The person must pay a fee in order to be released from jail while their case is pending. You can pay a bail fee, also called a bail bond, outright, or you can pay a bail bondsman a smaller fee to cover the bond for you.  It is important to make sure that you attend all of your court dates once you are out on bail. If you do not, you will be charged with "Failure to Appear in Court" and this will only worsen your situation. Learn more about bail, arraignment, and bonds in this episode. For more information, check out our website. 
06:39
June 26, 2020
S5:E1 Season Intro: What are the Levels of Proof in a Criminal Case?
This season of the Ruane Attorneys podcast will focus on the Connecticut criminal justice system. We start out with some basic information. In this episode, Certified Criminal Trial Specialist and founding partner of Ruane Attorneys, Attorney Jim Ruane talks about the levels of proof involved in criminal cases and gives you a framework for understanding the criminal process. Jim explains reasonable and articulable suspicion, probable cause, reasonable doubt, proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and more, to help you understand this system and what you are up against if you are charged with a crime in Connecticut.  For more information, visit our website. 
09:31
June 26, 2020
S4:E9 Special Bonus: Your Alcohol Education Program Questions Answered!
In this special bonus episode, Attorney Teresa DiNardi answered the most common questions about the Connecticut Alcohol Education Program. The Connecticut Alcohol Education Program (AEP) is an alternative available for those charged with a first time Connecticut DUI. If you are eligible for the program, you can take alcohol education classes in Connecticut, and the court will dismiss the DUI against you. There are pros and cons to using the Alcohol Education Program, and it is best to consult a Connecticut DUI lawyer before deciding to or not to use the program.  You can learn more about the AEP and Connecticut DUI on the Ruane Attorneys website. To keep in touch with Teresa, follow her on Facebook.
13:49
June 4, 2020
S4:E8 The Alcohol Education Program in Connecticut
In this very special episode, Teresa discusses a common alternative to a DUI trial or plea, the Connecticut Alcohol Education Program, and how it can help you with your situation. Connecticut's Alcohol Education Program is intended to help those who are first time DUI offenders. The program seeks to rehabilitate those who have displayed drug or alcohol issues by requiring them to take alcohol education classes. If the program is successfully completed, the court system will dismiss the DUI charges and the defendant won't have to worry about conviction or having a DUI on their record.  You can learn more about the Alcohol Education Program in this episode. For further information, check out our website. 
04:32
May 28, 2020
S4:E7 The Impact of a CDL on a DUI Case and How a DUI Can Impact Your Career
In this episode, Connecticut DUI lawyer Teresa DiNardi talks about how having a commercial driver's license (CDL) in Connecticut, even if you are not driving a commercial vehicle at the time of your stop, can dramatically make things tougher for you. If you face a Connecticut DUI and you hold a CDL, the DUI could impact not only your freedom and your personal life, but also your career. If you are a truck driver, a bus driver, or rely on your CDL in some way for your livelihood, a Connecticut DUI can cause serious problems. This is because your CDL could be taken away from you. Not only will you be unable to drive, you will also be unable to work. This is the case whether you are on duty when stopped for a DUI or not.  To learn more about CDLs and DUIs, check out our website. You can also follow Teresa on Facebook to learn more about Connecticut law. 
04:17
May 28, 2020
S4:E6 The Penalties for DUI In Connecticut
In this episode, Teresa DiNardi, partner at Ruane Attorneys and known as LadyDUI breaks down the penalties for DUI in the state of Connecticut so people know exactly what they are facing. Facing a Connecticut DUI can be an overwhelming experience. Whether you were stopped on I-95, the Merritt Parkway, or a backroad, the DUI charge is the same.  In this episode, you can learn more about potential penalties, which are based on how many (if any) previous DUIs you have. Common penalties include fines, jail time, probation, participation in the AEP, and more.  For more Connecticut DUI information, check out the Ruane Attorneys website. 
09:46
May 28, 2020
S4:E5 The Ignition Interlock Program
In this episode of Season Four, we learn all about the IID program in Connecticut.  Connecticut DUI lawyer Teresa DiNardi explains that many people convicted of a Connecticut DUI have to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed on their vehicles in order to properly drive. After a driver's license suspension, the IID is required for a period of time, depending on your situation. Failure to drive a vehicle with an IID can result in additional penalties and license suspensions. We have more information about the IID on our website. To keep in touch with Teresa, follow her on Facebook. 
06:13
May 28, 2020
S4:E4 Work Permits and School Permits
In this episode Attorney DiNardi, better known as Lady DUI, talks about Connecticut driving. More specifically, she talks about how you can get a work permit if you license is suspended and how to navigate the ignition interlock program with the DMV. Oftentimes after receiving a Connecticut DUI, your driver's license will be suspended. You may receive a suspension from the court, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or both. If your license is suspended, you are not allowed to drive a vehicle under any circumstances UNLESS you apply for and are granted a work or education permit. These permits allow you to drive to and from work or school ONLY so that you can keep working or continue your education.  Teresa explains these permits in greater detail in this episode. For more information, check out the Ruane Attorneys website. 
04:16
May 28, 2020
S4:E3 How Court and DMV is different in a DUI Case in Connecticut
Attorney Teresa DiNardi explains how you wind up with two different cases when arrested for a Connecticut DUI and what that means for you and your license. Being charged with a Connecticut DUI will trigger two processes against you - the court process and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) process. The court process will determine if you were driving under the influence and will result in criminal penalties such as fines, a license suspension, jail time, a criminal conviction, and more. The DMV process will determine if the DMV should suspend your license as a result of the acts that you are accused of.  These cases are independent of one another, but it is a good idea to find a Connecticut DUI lawyer who can fight for you in both. To learn more, visit our website and follow Teresa on Facebook. 
05:41
May 28, 2020
S4:E2 Field Sobriety Testing with Attorney DiNardi
In  this episode, Teresa DiNardi, of Ruane Attorneys' DUI Team breaks down the field sobriety tests and explains how they came to be and what the limitations are in a DUI case. If you are pulled over for a Connecticut DUI, chances are that the police officer will ask you to take standardized field sobriety tests. These tests are the walk-and-turn test, the one leg stand test, and the horizontal gaze nystagmus test. These tests supposedly determine whether or not a person is intoxicated, but they are flawed. Teresa explains more here. To learn more about the standardized field sobriety tests, check out our website. 
05:09
May 28, 2020
S4:E1 Intro to LadyDUI, Teresa DiNardi
In Season Four, we explain the DUI process in Connecticut, with Lady DUI, Attorney Teresa DiNardi.  Attorney DiNardi is a Connecticut DUI defense lawyer and a partner at Ruane Attorneys. In this season, you can expect episodes that explain the standardized field sobriety tests, ignition interlock device, common DUI penalties, how to protect yourself, and much more. Make sure to tune into this season for more Connecticut DUI information. You can also check out our website to learn more!
05:18
May 28, 2020
S3:E16 Possession of Child Pornography in the Third Degree
In this episode of Season Three, Attorney Brittany Paz of Ruane Attorneys talks about possession of child pornography in the third degree and how the cases are handled in Connecticut. Possession of child pornography in the third degree is the least serious of the Connecticut child pornography charges. This crime refers to less than twenty images or frames of child pornography as defined in the Connecticut General Statutes. However, the penalties are still serious. Penalties include jail time and fines. Learn more about possession of child pornography on the Ruane Attorneys website. You can also follow Brittany on Facebook for more Connecticut law information. 
02:23
May 28, 2020
S3:E15 Possession of Child Pornography in the Second Degree
In our last episode, Connecticut sex defense attorney Brittany Paz discussed the crime of possession of child pornography in the first degree. In this episode, she outlines possession of child pornography in the second degree.  While child pornography in the second degree is less serious than child pornography in the first degree, it still deserves serious attention and the help of a Connecticut sex defense lawyer. A person can be charged with this crime if they are accused of possessing 20-50 depictions of child pornography. Brittany outlines potential defenses to and penalties of this crime on this episode.  Stay up-to-date with Brittany by following her on Instagram!
02:16
May 28, 2020
S3:E14 Possession of Child Pornography in the First Degree in Connecticut
In this episode, Attorney Brittany Paz goes over the very serious charges of possession of child pornography in the first degree. She discusses how the state of Connecticut will prosecute someone with these charges, along with the maximum and minimum penalties. Of all the Connecticut child pornography crimes, possession of child pornography in the first degree is the most serious. It includes possession of at least 50 visuals of child pornography by a person. If convicted, the penalties can be severe, including long prison sentences and hefty fines. However, there are defenses that you can make with the help of a Connecticut sex crime defense attorney such as Attorney Paz.  Check out our other episodes on child pornography in the second degree and child pornography in the third degree, and make sure to follow Brittany on Facebook for more Connecticut legal information. 
02:53
May 28, 2020
S3:E13 How Does Connecticut Prosecute Prostitution Cases?
In this episode, sex defense lawyer Brittany Paz explains the charge of Prostitution in Connecticut. She explains what you can watch out for if you are facing a prostitution charge. There are a few different crimes related to prostitution in the state of Connecticut. They include prostitution, promoting prostitution in the first degree, and promoting prostitution in the second degree.  Keep in mind that there are defenses to these charges, especially prostitution. Brittany outlines these crimes, defenses, and potential penalties in this episode.  You can learn more about sex crime defense on the Ruane Attorneys website. 
02:30
May 28, 2020
S3:E12 What is Public Indecency in Connecticut and Why Am I Charged With It? Is it Serious?
In this episode, sex crimes defense lawyer Attorney Brittany Paz discusses the crime of Public Indecency in Connecticut and how it is prosecuted and defended in Connecticut. Public indecency differs from many other sex crimes because it is not necessary a non consensual act. You and your partner could consent to the sexual act and still be charged with public indecency if you are engaging in sexual acts in a public place. Therefore, consent is not a defense to this crime.  You can learn more about Connecticut public indecency in this episode of the podcast. Also make sure to follow Brittany on social media!
02:18
May 28, 2020
S3:E11 Sex Assault Third Degree With a Firearm
In this very special episode, Attorney Brittany Paz explains the charge of Sex Assault in the Third Degree With a Firearm in Connecticut. On this podcast, we have already discussed sexual assault in the third degree, but this crime can be heightened if it is committed with a firearm.  Sexual assault in the third degree with a firearm is considered a Class B or a Class C felony, depending on the circumstances. Either way, consequences include lengthy prison sentences and hefty fines. Attorney Paz explains this crime as well as defense to it further in this episode.  You can learn more about sex crime defense on the Ruane Attorneys website. 
02:58
May 28, 2020
S3:E10 Aggravated Sex Assault of a Minor
Sex assault concerning minors is always challenging to defend. In this podcast episode, Brittany breaks down this charge and the elements for aggravated sexual assault of a minor in Connecticut.  Sexual assault of any person is considered a heinous crime in our society, but sexual assault of a child is especially taboo. Aggravated sexual assault of a minor happens when the victim is under age 13 and another sexual crime is committed against them. The penalties for these issues are severe. Attorney Brittany Paz discusses crimes, penalties, and defenses on this episode of the podcast.  Stay in touch with Brittany by following her on Instagram. 
02:57
May 20, 2020
S3:E9 Can You Be Charged with Sex Assault with Someone You Live with Already?
In this episode, Brittany Paz, a parter with Ruane Attorneys in Connecticut, talks about the charge of sex assault of a spouse or cohabitant and the peculiar way this is charged. Check out this episode to learn more about how this issue is charged, potential penalties that you face, and potential defenses that can be alleged on your behalf.  For more information, visit our website. You can also follow Brittany on Facebook and Instagram. 
02:08
May 20, 2020
S3:E8 Sex Assault in the Forth Degree in Connecticut
In this episode of Season Three, Connecticut sex crime defense attorney Brittany Paz talks about the very common and complicated charge of Sex 4 in Connecticut. Sex 4, also knowns as sexual assault in the fourth degree, is less serious than some other sexual assault charges, but still something to take seriously. If you are convicted of Sex 4 in Connecticut, you face a jail sentence as well as a fine. You can learn more about this crime in this episode. Looking for more information on Brittany? You can follow her on Facebook to stay in touch. 
04:15
May 20, 2020
S3:E7 Sex Assault In The Third Degree
In this episode, Connecticut sex crime defense attorney Brittany Paz discusses sex assault in the third degree in Connecticut. In Connecticut, sexual assault in the third degree, also called "Sex 3," happens in three specific situations outlined by the Connecticut General Statutes. They include sexual contact by the use of force or threat of use of force, sexual contact with a person who is mentally incapacitated or disabled, and sexual intercourse between two people who know that they are related. Brittany explains Connecticut sexual assault in the third degree here or by visiting our website. You can keep in touch with Brittany on Facebook.
02:31
May 20, 2020
S3:E6 Sex Assault in the Second Degree in Connecticut
In this episode,  Brittany discusses the common charge of sex assault in the second degree, as well as how you can protect yourself as a Connecticut resident charged with this crime.  There are many instances in which a person may be charged with sexual assault in the second degree, which Brittany explains in this episode. She also explains the consequences of this crime in Connecticut. Sexual assault in the second degree is charged as a Class B or Class C felony, depending on the circumstances. Again, you can learn more here. For more information on sex crime defense, visit our website. 
04:10
May 20, 2020
S3:E5 What is Aggravated Sexual Assault in Connecticut
In this episode, Brittany Paz breaks down the very serious charge of aggravated sexual assault in Connecticut. All sexual assault charges, from sexual assault in the first degree to sexual assault in the fourth degree, are serious. However, aggravated sexual assault is an elevated charge. Sexual assault is elevated to aggravated sexual assault if a deadly weapon to commit the crime, or intends to or causes serious bodily harm. Penalties in Connecticut include serious fines and lengthy prison sentences. Brittany outlines all of the details in this episode.  To stay up to date on Connecticut sex crime defense, you can follow Brittany on Instagram. 
03:18
May 18, 2020
S3:E4 What is Sex Assault in the First Degree in Connecticut
Brittany Paz, partner at Ruane Attorneys, outlines the essential elements and the components of sex assault in the first degree in Connecticut. Sexual assault in the first degree is the most serious form of sexual assault in Connecticut. There are four main scenarios where sexual assault in the first degree might occur. Attorney Paz outlines all of these situations in this episode of the podcast.  In addition, you can learn more about how to defend yourself against an allegation or a charge, as well as the potential penalties you could face on this episode.  For more information regarding sex crime defense, visit the Ruane Attorneys website. 
03:43
May 18, 2020
S3:E3 The Most Commonly Asked Questions About Sex Assault Cases
In this episode, Attorney Brittany Paz, a Connecticut sex crime defense lawyer, breaks down all the common questions asked by our clients over years of handling these cases. Whatever your common questions are concerning a Connecticut sex crime accusation or defense, Attorney Paz can answer it! Check out this episode for more information on the criminal justice system, common sex crimes, how to defend yourself, and more.  You can also keep in touch with Brittany on social media.
05:43
May 18, 2020
S3:E2 What to Expect If You Are Arrested For a Sex Crime in Connecticut
In this episode, Attorney Brittany Paz explains the Connecticut arrest process and what to expect if you are arrested or anticipate an arrest so you have the information you need. You can learn more about the arrest itself, bail and arraignments, hiring a sex crime defense lawyer, gathering evidence to defend yourself, and getting through a sex crime allegation.  Learn more by visiting the Ruane Attorneys website. Also make sure to follow Brittany on Facebook!
04:35
May 17, 2020
S3:E1 Introducing Attorney Brittany Paz and How Sex Cases Are Different
In Season 3 of the Ruane Attorneys podcast, we will address sex assault allegations and defending them in Connecticut. Our guest host for this season is Connecticut sex crime defense attorney Brittany Paz.  In this first episode, Brittany talks about how sex cases are different and need to be approached a certain way. A few reasons why Connecticut sex crimes are different include: The media frenzy that can get involved Investigations that alter the crime scene Improper interrogations of the witness Motion practice is necessary Punishments are out of date Learn more about Brittany on our website, and make sure to follow her on social media!
06:57
May 17, 2020
S2:E11 Resolving Domestic Violence Cases in Court
In this final episode of the season, we discuss the different options for resolving your Connecticut domestic violence case. Attorney Jay Ruane, a Connecticut criminal defense lawyer, walks you through some of the most common outcomes of a domestic violence case. In many cases, plea bargaining with a prosecutor will take place in your case. In addition, there are some non-jail options that might be available to you. These options include the Family Violence Education Program, the Explore Program, and the Evolve Program.  You can learn more about these programs and resolutions in this episode. Stay in touch with Jay by following him on Facebook. 
03:49
May 14, 2020
S2:E10 Alternative Dispositions in Domestic Violence Cases
Not every Connecticut domestic violence case ends in conviction or jail time! In this episode of Season Two, criminal defense lawyer Jay Ruane explains possible resolutions and alternative dispositions available in domestic violence cases.  In many cases, first time Connecticut offenders are eligible for diversionary programs so that they can avoid jail time. In these cases, the defendant is supervised by a Family Relations Counselor and oftentimes required to attend certain classes in order to be released from jail. Failure to comply with release conditions could result in a re-arrest.  For more information, visit RuaneAttorneys.com.
04:16
May 14, 2020
S2:E9 Moving Out of the Home After a Domestic Violence Arrest
In this episode, Attorney Jay Ruane talks about the process and procedure for getting your belongings if you are ordered out of your home after an arrest. Jay explains the different types of protective orders that you may face, which include full no contact, residential stay away, and no threatening or harassing orders. If a full no contact or stay away order is placed against you, you are not allowed to have any contact with the alleged victim. This oftentimes means that you will have to move out of your house. You need to schedule a time to be escorted to your home by a police officer in order to get your belongings. You only have one chance to go back to the house or apartment. Whatever you take with you is what you will have while the protective order is pending. Jay explains more in this episode.  To learn more about Connecticut domestic violence, visit the Ruane Attorneys website. You can also follow Jay on Facebook for more information. 
04:27
May 14, 2020
S2:E8 Firearms Laws and the Domestic Violence Case
In this episode, Connecticut domestic violence defense attorney Jay Ruane discusses the ramifications of your firearms and what to do if you have to surrender them after a domestic violence arrest. In Connecticut, a domestic violence arrest also means a criminal protective order issued against you. This protective order requires that you surrender any firearms that you possess. If you don't comply and surrender any firearms that you have, you will face additional charges and crimes. After your case is over and the protective order ends, you can get your firearms back. Listen to the episode for more detailed information, or visit our website!
04:09
May 14, 2020
S2:E7 Fernando A. Hearings In Connecticut or How to Avoid a Protective Order
In this episode, Attorney Jay Ruane discusses the best way to fight a Connecticut protective order and your legal reasons why you may want to do so. Protective orders go into effect after a person is arrested for a Connecticut domestic violence offense. The only way to stop a protective order is by requesting and attending your Fernando A. hearing. Until your hearing takes place, you have to follow the protective order. At the hearing, you can argue for why you should not be given a protective order. You will have to comply with whatever result the court makes after the Fernando A. hearing.  In this episode, Jay explains more about protective orders and protecting yourself. Keep in touch with Jay by following him on Facebook. 
03:53
May 14, 2020
S2:E6 Criminal Protective Orders and Civil Restraining Orders in Connecticut
In this episode of Season Two, Jay Ruane breaks down the difference between a restraining order and a protective order. Oftentimes in Connecticut, the terms "restraining order" and "protective order" are used interchangeably. However, these are actually different things that will have a different impact on you and your domestic violence case. You can learn more by tuning in to this episode. For more information on domestic violence in Connecticut, visit our website. 
06:55
May 14, 2020
S2:E5 All About Domestic Violence Arraignments in Connecticut
In this episode we discuss the process for an arraignment in Connecticut after a domestic violence arrest. Here, domestic violence defense attorney Jay Ruane explains why the arraignment after an arrest is so important in the domestic violence case. The first court date after a domestic violence arrest is called an arraignment. The arraignment will determine if bail will be granted for your case, and what bail will be set at. Find more information in this episode of the podcast.  To keep in touch with Jay, follow him on Facebook!
04:52
May 14, 2020
S2:E4 - Bail and Bail Bonds in Domestic Violence Case
In this episode, Attorney Jay Ruane discusses what bond and bails are in connection with a Connecticut domestic violence case. No matter what kind of case you face, after a person is arrested their first court appearance is referred to as an arraignment. At the arraignment, the court will determine: 1) If bail will be granted for the case and 2) what bail will be set at. Bail is the amount of money necessary to pay in order to be released from jail while your case is pending.  In this episode, Jay talks more about bail and bonds in domestic violence cases. For more information about domestic violence defense, visit the Ruane Attorneys website. 
02:56
May 14, 2020
S2:E3 Domestic Violence Arrests- Custodial Arrests or Summons to Appear
In this episode, we drill down and get a better understanding of the difference between a Connecticut custodial arrest and a summons to appear in court. When a person is arrested for domestic violence in Connecticut, a police officer has options regarding how the arrest will take place. Two common options are a custodial arrest and a summons. In the event of a serious charge, you will go through a custodial arrest, which is the typical arrest process that we think of. You will be brought to the police station, processed, assigned an arraignment date, and post bail in order to be released from jail while your case is pending.  A summons, on the other hand, is just a piece of paper telling you that you need to report to court for a court date. You don't have to be processed by the police department or provide a bond to be released from jail.  The police can decide which avenue to pursue. You can learn more here or on our website. 
04:10
May 14, 2020
S2:E2 "Why Weren't They Arrested too?"
In this episode, we find out why police now can only arrest one side in a domestic violence case in Connecticut, and what options you have if you were the victim, but now have to defend yourself in court as if you started it all. In the past, when there was a domestic dispute in Connecticut, both parties would be arrested for domestic violence. However, the law changed in 2019. Now, the police can determine who the "dominant aggressor" was when they respond to a dispute. They can arrest just this dominant aggressor, even if both parties were involved in a verbal or physical altercation. The police can make an arrest of one party at their discretion.  Learn more in this episode and keep in touch with Jay on Facebook. 
03:10
May 14, 2020
S2:E1 All About Domestic Violence and Criminal Charges
In this season of the Connecticut Criminal Law Podcast, we run head on into Domestic Violence, and the charges, defenses and consequences of a domestic violence arrest in Connecticut. Hosted by Jay Ruane, in this first episode, we cover all the common criminal charges in domestic violence cases. This includes: Assault in the third degree Breach of peace Threatening Disorderly conduct Risk of injury Unlawful restraint Harassment Strangulation  Burglary Reckless endangerment Violation of a protective order. Learn more here or visit our website for more information. 
16:47
May 14, 2020
Episode 10: After a Pardon
Once your Connecticut Pardon is granted, it doesn't take effect immediately. In fact, all pardons are "provisionally granted" and it could take a few months to clear your record. When our law firm is on your side, we will stay in touch after your pardon is granted to ensure that you don't have additional questions and that there aren't lingering issues with the Board of Pardons, your hearing, or other pertinent Connecticut pardon information. Find out more in this episode featuring Jay Ruane or visit our website. 
01:49
May 13, 2020
Episode 9: Getting The Results of Your Pardon Hearing
In this episode, Connecticut pardon lawyer Jay Ruane talks about how you get the results after your pardon hearing. The pardon hearing process in Connecticut can be overwhelming and nerve-wracking. Going before Connecticut's Board of Pardons and Paroles and knowing that you will be questioned about past mistakes that led to criminal convictions in Connecticut can be very stressful! Luckily, a Connecticut pardon attorney can walk you through this process and stand by your side.  After your pardon hearing, the Board of Pardons will determine if you should be granted or denied a pardon. Waiting for these results can be challenging. In this episode, learn more about getting your pardon hearing results.  You can keep in touch with Jay by following him on Facebook. 
02:19
May 13, 2020
Episode 8: Connecticut Pardons & Gun Permits
In this episode of Season One, Attorney Jay Ruane discusses the Connecticut pardon and gun permits. Here, you can find out why your Connecticut pardon could be held up if you are simply seeking a gun permit. While the right to bear arms is a right granted United States citizens, there are some circumstances where this right can be suspended or revoked. Oftentimes, this is the case when a person is convicted of a serious crime. Trying to get a gun permit can also impact your Connecticut pardon. Jay explains more on this page.  You can learn more about Connecticut pardons on our website. 
01:46
May 13, 2020
Episode 7: Getting Ready for Your Pardon Hearing - The "Big Day"
Everyone gets nervous before their pardon hearing. In this special episode of the podcast, Connecticut pardon attorney Jay Ruane walks you through what to expect at your pardon hearing. Here, you can learn about the whole hearing process so you know what to expect and you won't be as nervous. If your pardon application is approved, you will have a chance to explain to the Board of Pardons why you deserve a pardon. You will go before the Board in a hearing in order to plead your case and prove that you have changed since your criminal convictions. During the hearing, you can present information to show your personal growth, including community service, further education, job success or goals, and more.  For more information on the pardon hearing, visit our website. You can also stay in touch with Jay on Facebook!
06:56
May 13, 2020
Episode 6: How Long After I Submit My Connecticut Pardon Application Will I Find Out if I Get a Hearing?
In this episode, Attorney Jay Ruane discusses the timeline related to the Connecticut pardon process. If you are interested in a pardon, you might wonder how long the application will take, when you will find out if a pardon hearing is granted, when the hearing will be scheduled, and more.  After you submit your application, it may seem like forever before you get your hearing, but there are reasons for this. Find out more about the process of accepting applications and scheduling hearings with the Board of Pardons in this episode. For more information, visit the Ruane Attorneys website. 
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May 13, 2020
Episode 5: Victims and the Role They Play in Pardons
In this episode of the podcast, Jay discusses the role of the victims in a Connecticut pardon. Whenever a criminal conviction includes a victim, the state is required to advise them of your pardon application. The victims' support or opposition for your application goes a long way in helping the Board of Pardons make their decision. However, keep in mind that you cannot contact the victims in advance of your hearing, and you will not know their position until after you have spoken at your hearing. This can be nerve-wracking, but with the help of a lawyer, you can get through this process. Interested in learning more abut Jay? Follow him on Facebook!
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May 13, 2020
Episode 4: All About References and the Role They Play in a Connecticut Pardon
In this episode, Attorney Jay Ruane explains the role of references in a Connecticut pardon.  References  are necessary to support your Connecticut Pardon application and show the positive strides that you have made in your life. References and their letters on your behalf can make or break your pardon application. On this episode, Jay explains which people in your life would make good references and tips for writing reference letters.  You can learn more by visiting the Ruane Attorneys website. 
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May 13, 2020
Episode 3: What Documents are Needed for a Pardon Application in Connecticut
In this episode, hear from Attorney Jay Ruane, also known as "Mr. Pardons," about the documents you will need to supply to the Board of Pardons when you file your Connecticut pardon application. There is a lot of information and many documents that you need to supply if you want to apply for a Connecticut pardon. This includes submitting a copy of your criminal history request for a pardon form, fingerprints, and more.  Jay goes into more detail in this episode, so check it out! To learn more about Jay, follow him on Facebook. 
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May 13, 2020
Episode 2: What is a Pardon, How Long Before You Can Get One and Does a Lawyer Help?
In this episode, Connecticut Pardon Attorney Jay Ruane goes over the basics of pardons in Connecticut. Here, you can learn about what pardons are, how long until a person is eligible for one after their last conviction, and some specific issues relating to the application process. For more information, you can visit our website.
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May 11, 2020
Episode 1: Introducing the Connecticut Criminal Law Podcast and Our Focus for this Season
Welcome to the Connecticut Criminal law podcast, a resource from Ruane Attorneys. Each week, we answer questions about the criminal law process, tackling a different subject area each season.  Season 1: All About Pardons! In this season, Attorney Jay Ruane discusses the Connecticut pardon. This season, he will explain what a pardon is, who is eligible, the application process, the pardon hearing, and much more. Don't miss this season!  You can learn more about Jay by following him on Facebook!
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May 11, 2020