The immediate aftermath of an arrest can be a stressful and confusing time for any Connecticut residents who go through the experience, whether it is for so-called “minor” crimes, such as theft or DUI, or if it is for crimes for which the suspect will likely be hard-pressed to post bail, like burglary or robbery. However, no matter the circumstances, it is important to get started right away on a criminal defense strategy.

But, any given defense strategy will be different than others due to the unique factual circumstances of every criminal charge. Two people may face the same charge, but the facts underlying the charge will be different. As a result, the different factual scenarios will inform the potentially available defense strategies.

For some defendants in Connecticut, the best move is to press the case all the way to a jury trial. This can be an option when the defendant believes that the evidence that law enforcement officials and the prosecutor have gathered is insufficient to prove a guilty verdict. However, very few criminal cases proceed to jury trials. In fact, most criminal cases end with a plea agreement.

If pursuing a favorable plea agreement is the chosen strategy, Connecticut residents will need to be sure that they are making the right decision. A more lenient sentence or dropping some of the charges in the case may be a good trade off to end the case and get on with life as soon as possible. For more information about how we attempt to help Connecticut residents who are trying to decide what their options are for a criminal defense strategy, please visit the criminal defense overview section of our law firm’s website.