Criminal Defense

Hartford Area Criminal Defense Attorneys

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Being charged with a crime is one of the most frightening and overwhelming situations most people ever encounter. The system tends to make people accused of a crime feel that it is impossible to receive a fair trial. At the Law Offices of Marc N. Needelman, our criminal defense attorneys aggressively protect the rights of our clients to ensure that they receive a fair trial and work tirelessly to employ all legal means to lessen the impact of the charges or have them dismissed altogether. As a former criminal prosecutor with over 35 years of experience, Marc Needelman has an insider’s perspective that helps him understand the prosecution, the inner workings of the criminal justice system and how to best protect his firm’s clients. Our firm has represented clients aggressively in all types of criminal cases. If you need quality criminal defense, contact The Law Offices of Marc N. Needelman.


Obtaining the services of a seasoned OUI/DUI law firm as soon as possible after an arrest is critical if you are charged with any OUI/DUI offense. While the vast majority of OUI/DUI charges in Connecticut are misdemeanors, they still have serious consequences. OUI/DUI is one of the most frequently litigated criminal offenses in the Connecticut court system, and drivers convicted of OUI/DUI may face significant penalties.

Drug Crimes

In Connecticut, it is a crime to manufacture, distribute, possess, sell or possess with the intent to sell a controlled substance. You may be charged with drug possession if you are in possession of narcotics, hallucinogens, marijuana or any other illegal drug. Possession of illegal drugs within 1,500 feet of an elementary or secondary school or licensed daycare center is a crime with a mandatory two-year jail sentence, which is imposed consecutively with other drug sentences.

Traffic Violations

In Connecticut, a traffic ticket is normally charged as either an infraction or a violation, although failure to pay or respond to either may be charged as a misdemeanor criminal offense. In the case of an infraction, the penalty is a fine. The person ticketed can plead guilty or not guilty through the mail. If you plead not guilty, your case goes to superior court for a hearing. Violations are also handled by mail, but many require a court appearance regardless of whether you plead guilty or not guilty.


In the state of Connecticut, larceny is the theft of another person’s property. The term larceny casts a wide net. People who are accused of larceny face a range of consequences depending on the circumstances behind the arrest, most importantly, the value of the stolen items. When a person steals a small item from a store, they often do not realize the serious situation they face.

Juvenile Crimes

In the state of Connecticut, a child can be detained or arrested if they commit a crime. Children make mistakes like anyone else. When a child commits a crime, they often do not think about the implications. The parent or guardian has to consider the various penalties that their child faces. The state defines a juvenile as a person under the age of 18 for non-violent crimes.


Assault is a harmful or offensive contact caused by the defendant’s intentional, wanton or negligent act. Assault is considered a violent crime that can result in serious consequences. Those who are charged with assault are facing felony charges in the state of Connecticut. You can be charged with anywhere from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class B felony and can face up to 20 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Domestic Violence

If you are facing a domestic violence charge, unfortunately, you are facing an uphill battle. In Connecticut, the court system tends to be biased in favor of the victim so you need a strong legal advocate who knows the law and knows how to fight for your rights. Those charged with domestic violence allegations will likely face severe consequences, both legally and in the rest of their lives due to the social connotations that domestic violence carries.

Misdemeanors vs. Felonies

The criminal system in Connecticut is confusing and frustrating, especially if you are facing criminal charges. Our misdemeanor & felony attorneys at the Law Offices of Marc N. Needelman, including Marc Needelman, a former state prosecutor, realize how difficult it is to face criminal charges when you don’t know how serious the charges are and what criminal penalties you may face. We are dedicated to helping clients understand their options and assuring them that we are working hard to get them through this difficult time while minimizing the consequences.