While most criminal offenses are prosecuted in state court, the United States federal courts also have jurisdictions over certain types of criminal offenses.
In the federal courts in and around Litchfield County, Connecticut, the prosecuting attorneys with the United States Attorney's Office (USAO) prosecute criminal offenses.
Jurisdiction to prosecute the case within the federal criminal justice system can occur because the crime impacts interstate commerce, the crime occurred on land owned by the federal government or an Indian reservation, or the allegations involve a loss or harm to the federal government.
Criminal defense attorneys in federal court fight serious felony charges, minor federal offenses, petty felony offenses, and infractions.
Cases in the federal criminal justice system can include everything from tax evasion to drug or firearm charges, to civil rights violations.
Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.
The CCDLA supports and educates criminal defense lawyers while working to improve the criminal justice system by insuring that the rights of the accused are applied fairly and equally.
Hartford County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service - The Lawyer Referral Service is sponsored by the Hartford County Bar Association. This community based non-profit service helps individuals and businesses find an attorney in Litchfield County in the northwestern corner of Connecticut. The LRS also serves the counties of Hardford, Middlesex, Tolland and Windham. The service charges a $25 processing fee for the referral. The $25 fee is waived for workers' compensation, personal injury, and social security disability cases. Attorneys that participate in the service must carry malpractice insurance and are pre-screened for their experience and good standing with the Connecticut State Bar.