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Being arrested or charged with a crime can be an overwhelmingly tense and stressful situation. While criminal allegations will vary, they all pose considerable consequences that can threaten your future, and often your freedom. From fines and fees to probation and possible terms of imprisonment, the penalties at stake make it critical you have the support and representation you need to exercise your right of challenging the government’s case against you.

At Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos Sousa P.C., our Waterbury criminal defense lawyers provide experienced and resourceful representation when clients need it most. Having served communities throughout Connecticut for over 35 years, we know the local courts and procedures and have an in-depth understanding of the law. We leverage this insight to protect our clients’ rights at each phase of their legal journeys, and to fight for the best possible resolutions.

Why Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos Sousa P.C.?

  • Serving Connecticut Since 1978
  • Over a Century of Combined Experience
  • Top-Rated & Distinguished Defense Attorneys
  • Free & Confidential Case Evaluations

Criminal Cases We Handle

With more than 100 years of collective experience, our legal team has accumulated the insight to effectively protect the rights of clients facing all types of criminal charges. From misdemeanors and DUIs to the most serious felony offenses, we handle the full range of crimes:

  • DUI Defense
  • Drug Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Assault and Battery
  • Vehicular Homicide
  • Violent Crimes
  • Sex Crimes
  • Prostitution / Solicitation
  • Misdemeanors/ Felonies
  • Traffic Offenses

Because every case and charge is unique, our attorneys focus on personalized service and close-working client relationships to create customized defense strategies and pursue the best possible outcomes. This includes the detailed preparation required to produce successful results during pre-file intervention, independent investigations, negotiations with prosecutors, and, when necessary, trial.

Your Rights When Accused

The American criminal justice system is carefully crafted to ensure accused individuals have the right to be treated fairly at all stages of the criminal process, from initial stops and investigations to arraignments and trial. When you’ve been charged with a crime, it is important you know your rights and how to protect them.

Here are few important rights you should know as you navigate the criminal justice system:

  • Presumption of innocence – The right to be treated innocent until proven guilty is the foundation of our criminal justice system. When charges are levied against you, you have the right and opportunity to defend yourself, state your side of the story, and directly challenge the government’s version of the facts. It is their burden to prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
  • Right to remain silent – Your Fifth Amendment right is an essential tool for protecting yourself when stopped, investigated, or being questioned by law enforcement. Remember, you have the right to decline questioning or conversations with police; and you should. Talking to law enforcement will not help your case, and could potentially provide incriminating evidence which can be used to connect you to a crime. Let an attorney communicate with law enforcement on your behalf.
  • Right to legal representation – You have the right to work with an attorney to help defend yourself against the allegations you face. Although you may obtain a Public Defender, PD offices are notoriously overburdened, underfunded, and commonly staffed by young and inexperienced lawyers. Our attorneys understand the important role we take when clients place their trust in our team, and we leverage our time, resources, and extensive experience to conduct thorough investigations into the unique facts of an arrest and create effective, customized defense strategies. This allows us to pinpoint critical errors made by law enforcement or holes in the prosecution’s case that can be leveraged for a positive outcome.

Discuss Your Case During a FREE & Confidential Consultation

Time is a crucial factor in criminal cases, which is why our legal team is readily available to take your call, review the individual facts of your case, and discuss how we can immediately work in your defense. When you reach out to our firm as soon as possible after an arrest or being made aware of an investigation, we’re prepared to handle all aspects of your case, provide the counsel and support needed during difficult times, and fight to protect your rights, freedom, and future.

With so much on the line, working with a proven lawyer can make the difference. If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime, you can be confident about working with Fitzpatrick Mariano Santos Sousa P.C.

For a FREE and confidential consultation, call (203) 583-8299. Our criminal defense attorneys proudly represent clients throughout Waterbury and the state of Connecticut, and offer services in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The Right Choice

  • 100+ Years Of Collective Experience

  • Trilingual Legal Services Available

  • Free Case Consultations Provided

  • Top-Rated Legal Team On Your Side


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