Criminal Defense Attorney serving Central and Eastern Connecticut, including Hartford, Tolland, Windham, New London, and Middlesex Counties
J. Christopher Llinas at Llinas Law, LLC is a former prosecutor, public defender, and private criminal defense lawyer with a wide range of experience, ready to serve those charged with crimes in Connecticut’s courts, including but not limited to those in Hartford, Manchester, Rockville, Enfield, Danielson, Norwich, New London, and Middletown.
If you have been charged with or arrested for a crime, you are likely frightened and unsure of what you should do next.
Under the United States and Connecticut Constitutions, and Connecticut law, you have certain inalienable rights, regardless of the crime(s) with which you are charged
Attorney J. Christopher Llinas can help you understand those rights and formulate a solid defense strategy to minimize or eliminate the consequences you are facing.
The Threefold Job of a Criminal Defense Attorney
No matter the charges, the work of a criminal defense lawyer can be broken down into three key parts:
- To make sure that the State – police and prosecutors – act constitutionally and legally in their investigation and prosecution of the the crime.
- Making sure the police respect your rights as they gather evidence, make an arrest, and question you.
- Making sure the prosecutors fairly follows the rules before, during, and after trial in their pursuit of a conviction.
- To hold the State to its burden of proving every element of every charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Meticulously reviewing the State’s evidence before trial;
- Gathering any and all additional relevant evidence from the defendant and other sources;
- Applying the rules of evidence to include evidence we want and exclude evidence we don’t want; and
- Crafting an alternative story that negates or casts doubt upon the story the State is trying to tell.
- To work for the best possible sentence relative to any offense resulting in conviction, either after a trial or a plea.
- Presenting mitigating evidence
- Suggesting alternative sentencing strategies
- Minimizing adverse consequences, in both the short and long term
Your Rights Under State and Federal Law
- You have the right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures. This means that law enforcement officers need reasonable articulable suspicion to stop you and probable cause to search you, your vehicle, or your home.
- You have the right to remain silent. You do not have to say anything to law enforcement officers at any time during your arrest or subsequent questioning, even if the officers pressure you to speak.
- You have the right to request an attorney. You may do so at any time, and law enforcement officers may not ask you questions in your attorney’s absence.
- If you cannot afford an attorney, a lawyer will be appointed to you by the state.
- You have the right to be treated humanely during an arrest and subsequent questioning. Law enforcement officers must not exhibit brutality or use undue force when arresting you or holding you in custody.
- You have the right to reasonable bail. No judge may set a bail that is unreasonable considering the crime for which you have been arrested.
- You have a right to a jury trial. In most every criminal case, you have a right to a trial by jury. Most cases are heard by a jury of 6 members, though for a select number of very serious offenses, cases are heard by a jury of 12 members.
- You have a number of rights, at trial:
- The right to present a defense
- The right to confront and cross-examine witnesses against you
- The right to testify on your own behalf
- The right to not testify, and that decision cannot be held against you
- The right to have every element of every charge proven beyond a reasonable doubt
Experienced Criminal Defense, No Matter What the Crime
Attorney J. Christopher Llinas offers clients high-quality legal representation, regardless of your charges.
Attorney Llinas has experience with the following types of criminal defense cases, which include felonies, misdemeanors, and, in a couple of instances, unclassified offenses:
- Violent crimes, such as murder, manslaughter, sex offenses, and assault
- DUI (or OUI, in CT) including all offenses involving driving (or boating) under the influence of alcohol, or drugs, or both
- Theft crimes, including larceny, robbery, and related fraud offenses
- Juvenile crimes
- Drug crimes, including manufacture, sale, and possession
- Traffic offenses, including driving while suspended/revoked, hit & run, evading police, reckless driving, and speeding
- Property crimes, including burglary, arson, criminal trespass, criminal mischief, and related crimes
- Violations of Probation (VOP’s)
- Weapons crimes, including illegal possession or use of a firearm
When charged with a crime, you face severe punishments, including jail time, fines, restitution, community service and mandatory counseling. You will have a permanent criminal record that may make life difficult, even after satisfying the court’s penalty requirements.
By working with a seasoned criminal defense lawyer, you can increase the odds that your case will be resolved in your favor.
J. Christopher Llinas has the experience and resources to help you determine the best course of action in your case, and he will petition the court for the reduction or elimination of your charges.
Felony Crimes in Connecticut
Connecticut breaks down its felony offenses into 5 classes:
- Class A Felonies, which carry penalties of life in prison, 25 to 60 years, 25 to 50 years, and 10 to 25 years, depending upon the offense. Examples include murder, 1st degree kidnapping, and home invasion.
- Class B Felonies, which, with one exception, carry penalties of 1 to 20 years in prison. Examples include 1st degree manslaughter, 1st degree assault, and 1st degree robbery.
- Class C Felonies, which carry penalties of 1 to 10 years in prison. Examples include 1st degree strangulation, 1st degree forgery, and stealing a firearm.
- Class D Felonies, which carry penalties of up to 5 years in prison. Examples include 1st degree threatening, 1st degree criminal mischief, and certain credit card crimes.
- Unclassified Felonies, which carry penalties of at least 1 year and 1 day, or more, and are not specifically defined by class. Examples include many drug offenses, and subsequent offender drunk driving offenses.
It is critical that you obtain seasoned legal help once you learn you are suspected of committing a felony crime.
Misdemeanor Crimes in Connecticut
Many people mistakenly assume that misdemeanor crimes aren’t serious, simply because they are less so than felony crimes.
However, you still stand to incur severe penalties if you are found guilty of a misdemeanor crime.
Connecticut breaks down its misdemeanor offenses into 3 classes:
- Class A Misdemeanors, which carry penalties of up to 1 year in prison. Examples include prostitution, 1st degree criminal trespass, and false statement.
- Class B Misdemeanors, which carry penalties of up to 6 months in prison. Examples include 2nd degree reckless endangerment, 5th degree larceny, and unlawful assembly.
- Class C Misdemeanors, which carry penalties of up to 3 months in prison. Examples include 6th degree larceny, disorderly conduct, and 2nd degree harassment.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, your future depends on a zealous defense.
Attorney J. Christopher Llinas understands the potential consequences of a guilty verdict, and the effect that it can have on your career and relationships.
Attorney Llinas will review the circumstances surrounding your case and help you devise and execute the best possible defense, with the goal of achieving the best possible result, in light of the facts and applicable law.
Contact Attorney J. Christopher Llinas at Llinas Law, LLC Today for a Consultation
The most important thing you can do after being arrested is to contact a criminal defense attorney.
By working with a lawyer from the start of your case, you can ensure that your rights and critical evidence are preserved and protected.
As a former prosecutor, Attorney Llinas has an innate understanding of what evidence the prosecution will attempt to use against you.
He will use his skills and experience to develop a strong defense that is designed to meet the prosecution head-on at every turn.
Contact J. Christopher Llinas at Llinas Law, LLC today for a consultation to discuss the charges against you at 860-530-1781. He is available now to assist you.