Criminal Law

It is normal to feel scared and alone when facing felony and misdemeanor charges. If you have been charged with a crime, calm some of your fears by giving yourself reliable defense options. At Costello, Brennan and DeVidas, P.C., we build strong defense strategies.

Our practice has defended clients facing a variety of charges that include:

  • Drunk Driving (DUI/DWI)
  • Traffic Violations
  • Sex Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Juvenile Crimes

When permitted by law, we work to expunge or seal criminal and arrest records to limit the long-term consequences of an encounter with the criminal justice system.

We Work for You

During legal proceedings, we serve as your advocate and offer ongoing support. We will work tirelessly to give you a fair trial, challenge illegally obtained evidence, and give you the most vigorous possible defense. We take your rights seriously and work hard to defend them.

Costello, Brennan and DeVidas, P.C. will carefully investigate your case. We work to uncover any additional evidence, interview all parties, and bring in witnesses to testify on your behalf. Additionally, we will present you with sound defense options to help you combat charges and negotiate with prosecutors to have your charges or your sentence reduced.

Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors are less severe crimes that are punishable by up to one year in prison. That does not mean, however, that all individuals charged with misdemeanors will serve jail time. Connecticut places misdemeanors into four categories or classes.

  • Class A Misdemeanors are the most serious class of misdemeanors in Connecticut. They carry sentences of up to 1 year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
  • Class B Misdemeanors are the second class of misdemeanors. Class B Misdemeanors carry with them jail time of up to six months and a fine up to $1,000.
  • Class C Misdemeanors are the least severe of the Connecticut Misdemeanors. Class C misdemeanors are punishable by a jail term up to six months and a fine of up to $500.

Felonies

Felonies are criminal charges that carry more substantial sentences. A strong legal defense is vital in any criminal litigation, but it is crucial when confronting a possible felony conviction. Again, like misdemeanors, felonies are classes depending on the seriousness of the alleged crime.

  • Murder with Special Circumstances, once known as a Capital Crime, is the most serious of all felonies. This conviction carries with it a sentence of execution or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
  • A Class A Felony is the most serious after Murder with Special Circumstances. This conviction carries a prison term from 10-60 years, depending on the alleged crime.
  • Class B Felony convictions also vary widely depending upon the alleged crime. The highest sentence in CLass B felonies is for Manslaughter in the 1st Degree with a firearm and carries a penalty of 5 to 40 years; other convictions for Class B felonies are 1 to 20 years.
  • Class C Felonies have a narrower prison term of 1 to 10 years.
  • Class D Felonies are the lowest severity in terms of prison sentences, resulting in 1 to 5-year sentences.

No matter what charges you are facing, an experienced attorney is your best defense in proving your case or helping to achieve a reduction in charges or sentencing. Costello, Brennan and DeVidas, P.C. is ready to put our experience to work on your defense. Contact our office and put place your future in good hands.