Do You Have Prior Convictions of a Crime? Contact a Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorney to Help You With Your Current Trial
Very often, depending on its similarity to your current charge, any prior conviction you have can be a substantial factor in an offer of a plea agreement on your current charge. If you have a conviction for robbery from five years ago and you get a similar charge this year, you will be considered a repeat offender which puts you in a more serious status. In this case, your prior conviction will be held against you at the negotiation stage. Alternatively, if you have a breach of peace or larceny conviction from five years ago and you get your first DUI charge, your prior convictions should not be a factor in any offer made by the prosecutor.
If you go to trial and take the witness stand in your own defense, your prior convictions can come in as evidence against you UNLESS the judge rules that admitting them into evidence will be too prejudicial to you. Generally speaking, the only way to keep evidence of your prior convictions out of your case is to go to trial and do not take the witness stand to testify.