Criminal Law

Attorney Weingast’s practice includes criminal defense.  In this role he defends individuals and companies charged with violating criminal law. This means the government is accusing them of conduct that is not allowed because it is seen to threaten, harm or endanger the safety and welfare of people.

Criminal law governs crimes, including felonies and misdemeanors. These crimes are generally referred to as offenses against the state.

Many individuals are under the impression that a criminal conviction either gets erased after a period of time or stays on record forever. Neither is true. Through the process of obtaining a pardon, a criminal conviction can be erased from someone’s record. Attorney Weingast helps individuals apply for a pardon with the Board of Pardons and Paroles, thereby lifting the burden off of the individual. For a felony, an application cannot be filed for at least five years after the conviction, whereas an application for a misdemeanor cannot be filed for at least three years after conviction.

Crimes can include:

    • Driving While Under the Influence
      (DWI, also known as DUI and OUI)

      Attorney Weingast helps defend Connecticut residents who have run afoul of the state’s strong measures to combat impaired driving.  In this state, you are legally intoxicated if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is .08 or above.  Also, if you are under 21 years of age, you are legally intoxicated at a .02 BAC or higher.

  • White Collar Crime
    Attorney  Weingast helps those accused of these financially motivated, economic, non-violent crimes committed for financial gain. White collar crime has also been defined as: “a crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in the course of his occupation”
  • Youthful Offenders
    Attorney Weingast understands the life-long impact that  run-ins with law can cause to a youth or college student and their family.  These crimes can include drug and alcohol-related offenses; underage party hosting; harassment or out-of-control pranks; cyber bullying and public indecency.
  • Juvenile Court matters
    A brush with the law for those under 17 can ruin their lives.  Attorney Weingast strives to help children and their parents get through these difficult situations such as fighting, driving impaired or delinquency without lifelong scars on their records and the family.