John T. Walkley
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyer
Arrested or Accused of a Crime? Contact My Milford CT Law Office
Whether you face a felony or misdemeanor charge for a state or federal crime, you do not need to plead guilty. You have better options. I am Connecticut criminal defense lawyer John T. Walkley and I have more than 25 years of experience defending clients against the following crimes:
People who are charged with assault need to be concerned about more than what is going to happen in their criminal case. They also need to be concerned about whether they will be sued in civil court. A civil court can hold you accountable for whatever medical costs the victim incurs.
If you have been charged with murder, you will be battling not just in a court of law, but also in the court of public opinion. One of the cases I handled involved the murder of an 8-year-old boy and his mother in Bridgeport. The crime was on the front page of the local newspaper from the date the crime occurred until the trial.
People who are arrested for drunk driving in Connecticut are rightly concerned about how the charge will affect their ability to drive. Most of the time, my clients are looking for an opportunity to leave court without pleading guilty and without the arrest having an effect on their driver's license after the case is over. Depending on the facts in your case, I may be able to help you accomplish this.
People who are arrested for drug crimes are usually worried about going to jail. Whether or not jail is a likely outcome usually depends on the case and where it is charged (in state court or federal court ), a client's prior record, and the strength of the government's proof.
Conviction for drug possession, such as marijuana possession, can result in significant fines, jail time, and a serious record. If you are charged with possession, I will fight to suppress any evidence illegally obtained through stop, search, and seizure, and minimize your penalties through the elimination of charges or plea bargaining.
As a New Haven area criminal defense attorney who defends juveniles accused of crimes, I sometimes get calls on my cell phone at night from parents who have just found out that their child is going to be arrested — or as they say in juvenile cases, "referred" to juvenile authorities. Most of the time, the parents are looking for an opportunity to resolve the problem without their child having a criminal record. Contact me to learn if that is possible in your case.
In Connecticut, larceny concerns any kind of theft crime. If you shoplift, commit auto theft, buy stolen property and sell it to make money, or commit fraud, you can be charged with larceny. Larceny differs from robbery in that no force or threat of force is used in taking the item in question..
In Connecticut, robbery is taking by force something that you have no right to. Purse snatching, holdups, bank robbery, and carjacking are all examples of robbery. Force doesn't have to be physical force. For example, if you show a gun or threaten someone verbally, you still can be charged with robbery.
Shoplifting is a serious offense that can be detrimental to any adult or juvenile facing charges. If you or someone you love has been arrested or charged with shoplifting, I will take immediate action to challenge the evidence presented against you and seek to minimize the charges and the penalties against you.
The classic definition of burglary is the breaking and entering of a dwelling in the nighttime with the intent to commit a crime therein. In modern day Connecticut, the element of "nighttime" no longer applies since you can be charged with burglary if you break into a dwelling during the day. You can also be charged with burglary if you break into a pharmacy or a place of business. The key element that makes a crime a burglary is "breaking and entering."
Fraud is a type of larceny in which some form of deception is used to obtain property you do not have a right to. Examples of fraud include business fraud and embezzlement, check forgery, unemployment fraud, tax fraud, welfare fraud, credit card fraud, wire fraud, and mail fraud.
Federal criminal cases involve different procedures and penalties than state cases and require the help of an attorney experienced in federal court. I have extensive experience defending the rights of my clients in both state and federal court.
If you have been accused of a crime, contact criminal defense lawyer John Walkley for a free consultation.