In the State of Connecticut felonies and misdemeanors are classified into different alphabetical segments. In the case of felonies, these classifications are usually marked by the number of years in prison. A capital felony is punishable by execution or life imprisonment whereas a Class A Felony for murder is twenty-five to sixty years imprisonment with up to twenty thousand dollars in fines. From here felonies vary.
A Class A Felony without a murder attached calls for anywhere between ten years to twenty-five years imprisonment with up to twenty thousand dollars in fines. A Class B Felony is up to one to twenty years with up to fifteen hundred dollars in fines. And a Class C Felony is between a year to ten years in prison with up to ten thousand dollars in fines.
These are a bit different from misdemeanor classifications. Class A Misdemeanors include assault in the third degree, threatening in the second degree, sexual assault in the fourth degree, criminal trespassing in the first degree, larceny in the fourth degree, and violation of a protective order.
Those charged with a Class A Misdemeanor will serve up to a year in jail with up to two thousand dollars in fines.
Class B Misdemeanors include third degree criminal mischief, third degree stalking, and the breaching of peace. Those convicted will serve up to six months in jail with up to one thousand dollars in fines.
Class C Misdemeanors are the least severe and include criminal mischief in the fourth degree, disorderly conduct, and larceny in the sixth degree. Those charged can serve up to three months in jail with up to five hundred dollars in fines.
Each misdemeanor classification can be broken into different sections. These sections include different felony and misdemeanor classes. Rioting and related offenses can include unlawful assembly and falsely reporting an incident, all of which are broken into different degrees.
Breaching of peace, creating a public disturbance, disorderly conduct, obstructing free passage, and harassment fall into another section. These can include stalking in various degrees and intimidation.
Other sections include loitering and public indecency, tampering with private communications and eavesdropping, bigamy and incest, coercion, and obscenity and related offenses.
Connecticut Misdemeanor Expungement
Expungement of a misdemeanor in Connecticut comes with certain terms: a person must be acquitted from crime and a nolle prosequi is taken and a charge is dismissed. Other stipulations may apply. A petition may be filed through an attorney, requesting that all police records be expunged and give relevant fact why.
The petition is most often filed in the superior court in the county in which the case was terminated, concluded, or disposed. This petition will be served to the Attorney General for acceptance or objection to be answered within thirty days of being served. If a petition is not granted it may be that paperwork was incorrectly filed or it was not in the interest of the court.
It is important to use a lawyer in the criminal defense when filing for expungement because he or she will be able to decided whether or not an expungement is possible, which is only for those with case acquittal, dismissal by the court, and nolle prosequi. See also:
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