Hartford Criminal Defense Attorney
Attorney Salvatore Bonanno offers straightforward advice and representation to individuals who may be suspected of criminal activity, arrested or formally charged in Connecticut. At the Law Office of Salvatore Bonanno, you will talk directly to criminal defense attorney Bonanno, not to a junior associate or a paralegal.
If you or a loved one is faced with a criminal charge, do not talk to the police without first seeking legal advice. Contact first the Law Office of Salvatore Bonanno to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Hartford County, who can advise you of your options and help you avoid self-incrimination.
Criminal Cases Cases Can Turn Your Life Upside Down
A criminal arrest often leaves people panicked and searching for guidance. An arrest is quite different from being sued for a car accident, where people’s auto insurance company provides an attorney; or when buying a house, where the bank provides an attorney for the real estate closing. Many people I represent in criminal court have never dealt with the criminal justice system.
When someone is charged with a criminal offense, there are life-altering effects. For example, an arrest often results in a loss of employment, or at the very least, a suspension from employment. Unlike a civil court case, criminal court judgments may result in a criminal record, incarceration, fines, etc. The thought of doing even a few days in jail scares people to death.
Upon arrest, either the court or the arresting agency sets bail. This means that one would need to post a bond in order to be released from custody while his or her case is being prosecuted. My clients often ask “How do I post a bond so I’m not locked up while awaiting trial?” “Will the court reduce the bail amount?” or “What if I cannot afford to post a bond?” We all take our liberty for granted, until faced with the real possibility of being jailed. These are not easy issues for the average person to handle.
Additionally, when someone is arrested, his or her name may appear in the newspaper, or in more notable cases on television. My clients ask, “Is my name going to appear in the newspaper?” “If my boss finds out, I’m going to lose my job,” or “If I lose my job, how will I pay my bills?” Sometimes, clients ask me “Will I lose my college financial aid?” or “Will I be expelled from college?” Like a spider’s web, when arrested the problems extend into many parts of life.
A criminal arrest affects college students, doctors, plumbers, clerks, housewives, fathers, etc. Imagine how life would change if one is held in jail, or if that person is subject to electronic monitoring and cannot leave the house while the case is being prosecuted. They cannot work, they cannot go to class, nor can they take their kids to school or other activities. Often, the person cannot travel out of the country while the case is pending. In other cases, the court may enter a protective order that does not allow the person to remain in the family home. These are very real problems that often arise, and cause disruption to everyday life.
I have represented many people who have been criminally charged and arrested. I try to resolve their cases with little, or no long-term damage in order to get their lives back to normal.
Connecticut Drug Crime Lawyer
Drug possession and drug sale are very serious felonies in Connecticut. Anybody facing drug-related charges or sexual assault charges should seek the assistance of a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.
The consequences of a conviction on drug-related charges or sexual assault charges may include years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines.
Attorney Salvatore Bonanno has over 25 years of experience defending clients against serious criminal charges such as:
- Drug sale and possession – including importation, trafficking and other offenses.
- Sexual assault – including kidnapping, sexual harassment and other charges.
- Drunk driving – including DUI, DWI, assault with a motor vehicle and DMV hearings.
- Domestic Violence
- Manslaughter, attempted murder and negligent homicide
- Conspiracy and attempt charges
From fines to prison time, a criminal conviction can lead to drastic consequences to your life. Whether your charges can be dismissed, reduced or a deal can be negotiated with prosecuters, Attorney Salvatore Bonanno can help you.
If you or a family member is facing criminal charges in Connecticut, contact the Law Office of Salvatore Bonanno at 860-527-6500 to speak with an experienced Hartford County criminal defense lawyer.