Criminal Defense

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When it comes to criminal cases, we believe every person is entitled to the best possible defense.

At the Law Office of Jason C. Goddard, LLC,  you can expect client-focused, high quality service. When it comes to criminal cases, we believe every person is entitled to the best possible defense; and we strive to deliver on that belief for every one of our clients. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing criminal clients in the following areas:

Assault – There are varying degrees of assault charges, each with different potential consequences for the people who are charged with assault. Depending on the degree of assault charged, you may find yourself facing an extensive period of incarceration. It is imperative that you speak with an attorney about cases involving assault charges as soon as possible. 

Firearms – Certain types of convictions can cause you to lose your right to carry a firearm or to obtain your pistol permit. If you are charged with carrying a pistol without a permit or with possessing a firearm and have certain convictions on your record, you may face mandatory minimum jail time. It is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your options in resolving these types of cases.  

Domestic Violence – Domestic violence cases are often very difficult for clients because they come with protective orders. On the morning after your arrest (or on the next business day if you are arrested on a holiday or weekend), you must appear before a judge. That judge will make a determination about the level of protective order that will be issued in your case. This can range from a “partial” protective order (that merely prohibits future altercations or threatening, harassing behavior toward the protected person) to a “full” protective order, which mandates the client not to have any contact with the protected person, come within 100 yards of the protected person, or go to the place where the protected person lives (even if it is also the client’s home). Every person should have an attorney with them on the first day of court in domestic violence cases to protect their rights. 

Drugs – Drug laws have been changing in the State of Connecticut for quite some time. We are well-versed in the current state of the laws as they apply to our clients. We will make sure that you know all of your options when it comes to drug cases. 

Larceny/Robbery  – Larceny and Robbery cases can carry hefty jail sentences, even if the alleged stolen property had little value. The potential period of incarceration depends on multiple factors, including the criminal history of a person, the value of the items alleged to have been stolen, and the circumstances under which those objects were allegedly taken. Our office can help you sift through the information in your case and give you a clear perspective of your options moving forward. 

Homicide – Our firm has handled multiple homicide cases. While some of the cases have gone to trial, others have been settled without a trial. The key in cases with stakes as high as a homicide charge is adequate communication between the attorney and client; a thorough investigation of all facts and circumstances that the State alleges; and preparation of a strong defense in collaboration with investigators, expert witnesses, and of course, our client. 

Arson – Our firm has handled multiple arson cases, including a trial to verdict. Arson cases can be immensely complicated. It is important to retain an attorney as soon as possible if you are charged with this type of offense. 

Sexual Assault – Our firm has handled a multitude of sexual assault cases. We work to keep our knowledge in this area of the law up-to-date. This involves not only researching the most current law in the area of sexual assault, but also being well-versed in the most current forensic standards for the investigation of sexual assault allegations. Contact our office immediately if you are being questioned regarding a sexual assault case or if you have been charged with this type of crime. 

If you have any questions or would like to speak with an attorney about your case, please contact our office at (860) 904-2291. 

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