Connecticut Post-Conviction Relief And Habeas Corpus Attorneys
All Post-Conviction Remedies and Proceedings including but not limited to:
State and Federal Habeas Corpus
Direct Criminal Appeals
Motions to Correct Illegal Sentence
Less common motions and writs
Commutation of sentence
Writs of Habeas Corpus
When our firm presents a habeas case we undertake the trial process often almost from scratch, sometimes in cases that are decades old. Our habeas corpus lawyers obtain any related files, review all materials, develop an investigative plan, develop and research claims, prepare motions, and ultimately present the petitioner’s claims in an Amended Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus. If a case cannot be resolved short of trial, we present the claims through witnesses and evidence at a trial before a judge. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience handling habeas corpus cases and represent petitioners in both state and federal habeas actions.
Challenging the decision of a lower court is a complex process. It begins with an examination of the record, which is followed by issue identification, research, brief writing and, ultimately, oral argument before the Court. We have familiarity with the specialized procedures involved with the appellate process. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience handling appeals in both civil (habeas) and criminal (direct) cases.
Remedies Challenging the Sentence
After sentencing, defendants have the right to seek sentence review. Sentence review is limited to a review of the information available to the sentencing court during sentencing, namely through the sentencing transcript. We review the file, paying particular attention to the defendant’s criminal history, the sentencing proceedings, the information before the court at sentencing, and the punishments received by any co-defendants. We then present an argument before a three judge panel. The panel decides whether to change the sentence or keep it the same.
If a sentence is longer than three years, a defendant may seek permission from the state’s attorney for a sentence modification to be heard before the trial judge. The ability to be heard is at the discretion of the state’s attorney. We handle the negotiations seeking permission for a sentence modification to be heard. We review the file, collect supporting documentation, and present an argument seeking modification of the sentence.
If you need assistance with a post-conviction matter, give us a call today or fill out the form below. Our firm has the post-conviction law experience and knowledge to assist you in challenging your conviction and/or sentence.
Commutation of Sentence
A commutation is a form of relief granted to people who have been convicted of a crime that can result in a total or partial reduction of the sentence. In Connecticut, the Board of Pardons and Paroles (BOPP) accepts commutation applications on a rolling basis. A commutation application can be filed by any convicted individual who is currently incarcerated and serving a sentence of more than 10 years, and who has served at least 10 years of that sentence. The application can consist of a wide range of materials, and granting of a commutation is almost always reserved for applicants who have shown success within the Department of Corrections (DOC), and who have fully committed to becoming a positive force for change in their own life and the lives of others.
The application must be submitted to the Board of Pardons and Paroles. It must also comply with all of the requirements on the application – which is where our post-conviction attorneys come in. Putting together such an important application can be cumbersome, and overwhelming. But our experienced law firm knows how to do it, and exactly what a successful commutation application needs.
We will review your conviction, your DOC records, transcripts, and all other relevant and pertinent information. We will then put together the application that highlights who you are as an individual and why you are deserving of the Board’s consideration. Once the commutation application is received, the Board determines if it will pass the application on to a full hearing. If the Board selects your application for a full hearing, we advocate passionately on your behalf at that hearing, and assist you in addressing the Board during that hearing. If you are interested in applying for a commutation, inquire below for your no obligation consultation.
Note: Commutations in CT are currently suspended, so please contact our office if you would like us to help you prepare for when they reopen.
We are fully operational and our team is available to assist you during the COVID-19 crisis. Schedule your consultation by calling our office at 860-535-1989 or completing the form at the bottom of the page.