Sex Crimes/Youthful Offender/Sealed Records
A 30-year-old West Virginia resident was accused of raping a 27-year-old family neighbor when he was 17 and living in Connecticut. He had been a fugitive for 13 years. The main issue of the case was whether the defendant would be charged as an adult or a minor. Robert B. Muchinsky successfully argued that the defendant should be charged as a minor and be granted youthful offender status. He was released from jail immediately. His file was sealed with no record of a sexual offense.
Arson Charge/No Jail Time
A 37-year-old single mother was charged with first-degree arson and insurance fraud for allegedly setting her house on fire in order to collect on an insurance policy. Because of the significant evidence against her, including the fact that her home was in foreclosure at the time of the fire, she faced substantial jail time. We successfully argued for probation only, with no jail time served.
Drug Charge/Diversion From Prosecution
A student at a private college was arrested for possession of a large amount of hallucinogenic drugs. He was charged with possession and possession with intent to sell. Because of the large amount of drugs involved, the prosecution was seeking considerable jail time. The main issue was whether a diversionary program could be applied to a crime of this magnitude. Mr. Muchinsky argued for the application of the Accelerated Rehabilitation program. All charges were eventually dismissed, and the student’s record was kept clean.
Not-Guilty Jury Verdict/Fifth DUI
A 40-year-old Connecticut resident was charged with his fifth DUI after an accident involving two other cars. He had been promised three years in jail by the judge. After a two-day trial, where Robert Muchinsky had to rely entirely on a vigorous cross-examination of the prosecution’s witnesses, including the police, the jury returned a not guilty verdict on all charges in a case the prosecution had once considered a slam dunk.
No Jail Time/Sexual Assault
While working as a day camp counselor, a 20-year-old Connecticut man was charged with sexual assault in the second degree and risk of injury to a minor for admitting he had sexual relations with a 13-year-old female camper. Faced with significant jail time, we were able to successfully argue for probation, and the young man was able to return to college and get back his life.
Sentence Modification/Release From Prison
Robert Muchinsky was able to successfully argue for the release of a 45-year-old Connecticut man from prison. Shortly before being sentenced, the man had one of his legs amputated. He was also suffering from diabetes. While in prison, he developed an infection in his amputated leg and his diabetes worsened, at times causing a loss of vision. Mr. Muchinsky was able to work with the prosecution and convince the original sentencing judge to order the release of the imprisoned man.
Embezzlement/Diversion From Prosecution
A Connecticut businessman, who was not a U.S. citizen, was charged with embezzling $65,000 from his employer. He faced not only years in prison but also deportation. Over the objections of the victim company, Robert Muchinsky argued to place the defendant in the diversionary program of Accelerated Rehabilitation. After a period of time, restitution was made and the charges were dismissed, which allowed the man to remain in the country with no criminal record.
An experienced criminal defense attorney can mean the difference between a jail sentence and a dismissed charge. If you or a family member has been charged with a crime, contact our Connecticut criminal defense attorney to discuss your situation in a free consultation.