Attorney Birckhead, an experienced appellate lawyer, is proud that an important decision of the Connecticut Supreme Court cited an article she wrote when she was a law professor. In the case, State v. Keith Belcher, the Connecticut Supreme Court ordered a new sentencing hearing because the judg... Read On
What is a "successful" case result?
Success is measured in different ways in criminal cases. Since few are resolved via a jury trial (a fact that not all attorneys will admit), not guilty verdicts are rare. More commonly, "success" means a reduced charge, the dismissal of most of the charges, the court's approval of a pretrial diversionary program, or a judge's imposition of a lesser sentence.
In child protection defense, "success" can mean one of the following -- that DCF has closed its investigation, your child's commitment to DCF has been revoked, a judge has denied DCF's petition for the termination of parental rights, or you have completed a period of protective supervision.
Successful handling of school discipline cases is also relative -- it can mean a school suspension instead of an expulsion, the dismissal of violations of a college's code of discipline, or an institution's willingness to handle a matter internally rather than refer it to outside law enforcement.
The success of an application for an absolute pardon is easier to measure, and in the past few years, Attorney Birckhead has had a success rate of 100% -- all of her applications for absolute pardons for her clients have been approved.
Whatever the context, Attorney Birckhead is dedicated to working together with her clients to achieve their objectives. She will evaluate your case thoroughly and give you an honest, candid assessment of its possibilities for success.
Reach out to Birckhead Law today for a free consultation.
Attorney Birckhead has represented a mother in child protection court for the past 18 months who will be reunited with her children by summer's end. The client had struggled with drug addiction and was the victim of intimate partner violence when the Department of Children and Families (DCF) rem... Read On
Attorney Birckhead recently represented a juvenile who had been involved in an incident between two groups of individuals that resulted in her client shooting someone in front of many witnesses. The victim, who had his own criminal record, was badly injured but thankfully survived. Initially t... Read On
Attorney Birckhead recently represented someone in his 50s whose last conviction was over a decade ago. Although he had accumulated 25 prior convictions over the course of 20 years, the majority were for misdemeanors and he had successfully completed terms of probation. As the client candidly e... Read On