Protective Order Expungement in Connecticut

If you get arrested in Connecticut for Violation of a Criminal Protective Order (CGS 53a-223) or arrested in Connecticut for Violation of a Civil Restraining Order (CGS 53a-223b), then you could have a felony charge hanging over your head for months, or even years, if not defended properly by a criminal law firm. Connecticut police and prosecutors strictly and technically enforce Connecticut criminal protective and restraining orders. Even when the violation is an innocent or inadvertent email, text message or phone call.

That’s why people who are arrested and appearing in Connecticut criminal courts for Violating a Protective or Restraining Order are anxious to get their charges dismissed and expunged as quickly as possible: to clear their name, fight their charges, and make sure their employment and internet background checks come up clean as well.

Removing Your Charge From Online

When you get arrested for 53a-223 Violation of a Criminal Protective Order in Connecticut, the local online newspapers and Google searches will plaster your arrest, mug shot, and a one-sided, biased and completely inaccurate summary of your arrest on the internet. Many people immediately call the publication and this just backfires and makes it worse, as a new story or “update” is posted which just boosts the article higher in Google searches.

The team of internet scrubbing lawyers at our firm have proven to be one of the leading law firms in Connecticut who are experienced in getting your Connecticut arrest taken off the internet, as the New York Times has covered our Firm’s efforts to go after national publishing companies who continue to profit from your arrest reports by selling ad space on their online police blotters.

Many lawyers and attorneys appreciate just how damaging a felony charge (even a bogus one) can be during an employment internet background check. This makes it all the more critical to hire a top Connecticut internet criminal lawyer attorney to help you get both your case dismissed and your arrest reports and photos taken off the internet and removed from Google searches.

Difference Between Dismissed and Nolle Prosequi

When domestic violence lawyers in Connecticut talk about getting your Violation of Criminal Protective Order arrest dismissed and expunged, the legal terms “dismissal” and “nolle” are often tossed around and used interchangeably. It’s true that while a dismissal and nolle both result in the court dropping your Violation of Civil Restraining Order / Violation of Criminal Protective Order charges, and also result in the immediate termination of any domestic violence criminal protective order that was hanging over your head, a dismissal is nevertheless most ideal.

You see, a dismissal of your Connecticut Violation of Criminal Protective Order arrest triggers the automatic expungement and erasure of your arrest records in the arresting police department, in the district attorney / prosecutor’s office, and in the criminal court clerk’s office.

On the other hand, a “nolle” or “nolle prosequi” is just a little less ideal, but often it is the quickest way to get your case dropped and sometimes the best way to resolve your arrest in Stamford or Greenwich Connecticut for Violation of a Civil Restraining Order under CGS 53a-223.

Most importantly, a nolle automatically converts to a dismissal on the date that is 13 months from the date of your nolle. Follow this link for more details on the difference between a nolle and a dismissal in the Connecticut criminal court system.

Importance of An Attorney

For most hardworking people, protecting your personal and professional reputations—both online and offline — is just as important as getting your Connecticut arrest for Violation of a Criminal Protective Order / Civil Restraining Order dismissed in the criminal courts. This is why you must hire an experienced Connecticut criminal lawyer to fight your felony Connecticut Protective Order violation arrest quickly, cost-effectively and competently.

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