Christopher J. McCarthy

Attorney in Hartford, CT
Chris McCarthy is a versatile litigator who concentrates his practice in the areas of criminal law and civil litigation. He has a diverse practice which covers a broad spectrum of legal issues.

During his twenty-three years of practice in the State of Connecticut, Chris has regularly handled criminal matters, including matters handled in the juvenile court system. Additionally, as a frequent extension of this practice, Chris often handles school disciplinary matters for clients including expulsions from school. He also routinely handles youthful offender cases in the local geographical area courts across the state.

Chris' criminal practice also includes criminal cases of all types, including trials and appeals in both state and federal courts. He handles matters ranging from assault, trespass, sexual assault, marijuana and narcotics possession, burglary, robbery, including both felonies and misdemeanors. This practice encompasses criminal and regulatory cases, government investigations and white collar crimes. Chris has also handled hundreds of operating under the influence (DUI) cases in courts across the state. He also handles motor vehicles matters, including operating under the influence and suspension hearings before the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Chris maintains a broad civil practice with emphasis in personal injury, automobile accident cases, wrongful death and matters of general negligence, including but not limited to, dog-bite cases, slip and falls, premises liability, medical malpractice and workers compensation.

The commercial litigation practice of Chris consists of the representation of the state's largest lending institutions, including banks and mortgage companies in foreclosure matters and bankruptcy cases. He also handles debt collection matters of all types.


Frequently Asked Questions - Juvenile Criminal Matters
By Chris McCarthy, 12/01/2012

If the police contact my child, is that child obligated to speak to the police?
Answer: Unequivocally no. No citizen of the U.S. is ever obligated to speak to the police particularly if they are a target of a criminal investigation. In the case of juveniles, depending upon their age, a parent is usually required as part of any interrogative process. This is the point at which experienced counsel should be contacted before any statements are made to the police.

Are the police allowed to publish my child's name and other personal information if he or she receives a juvenile summons?
Answer: Again the answer is no. Juvenile court records and documents related to court proceedings are confidential and sealed to the general public. The only exception is if the juvenile court matter is of such a serious nature that the case is removed to adult court at which time these protections do not apply.

How old does my child have to be to qualify for juvenile court protection?
Answer: It is important to note that in the State of Connecticut, juvenile court jurisdiction was recently extended to 16 and 17 year-olds. Now when children in this age group are arrested, their cases are initially referred to the juvenile court for prosecution.

If my child is arrested as a juvenile, can he or she still go to jail?
Answer: The answer to this question is yes. In connection with a juvenile arrest for a non-serious matter, the maximum detention or jail a juvenile would face is 18 months. For a so-called serious juvenile offense, the maximum period of incarceration is 4 years. Finally, if the case is of such a serious nature, it is transferred to the adult criminal court, these restrictions do not apply.

If my child goes to the juvenile court and is ultimately adjudicated a delinquent or convicted, will he or she have a permanent record?
Answer: In most cases the answer to this question is no. However, convictions or adjudications of delinquency in the juvenile court for serious juvenile offenses can in some cases have implications going forward. This is an important reason for consultation with an experienced juvenile criminal lawyer if your child is required to appear in the juvenile court. While the general rule that juvenile court records are sealed and confidential, there are many exceptions.

Are there implications regarding my child's school and education if he or she is arrested?
Answer: Yes. Quite frequently school disciplinary action in the form of suspension or expulsion follow from an arrest as a juvenile. The duration and substance of this punishment by the school depends on a number of factors including whether or not the alleged illegal activity occurred on or off school grounds. A juvenile can be arrested for activity either on or off school grounds but the burden of proof for school discipline is different in each scenario. A consultation with experienced counsel in this area is critical as your child does have certain constitutional rights including the right to a hearing before the school board and the superintendent for the municipality in which you reside.

Is it important for a juvenile to have an attorney since in most cases the records of the arrest are sealed?
Answer: Unequivocally yes. There are many exceptions to the rules protecting the disclosure of juvenile records and with the recent changes in jurisdiction of the court to include older children up to the age of 17, the rules are in a constant state of flux in the court. If the case is not handled with the assistance of counsel, it raises a stronger possibility that a permanent record may result or that the child may end up in detention when representation by counsel could preclude this possibility. The cost for such legal services vary based on a number factors including prior history of the child and the severity of the offense, but regardless it is a small investment when the implications of the future of a child are at stake.

What are the most important criteria to consider when engaging a juvenile court lawyer?
Answer: First and foremost is experience in the practice area. Juvenile criminal cases have very unique rules and accordingly attorneys have very unique responsibilities and therefore it is not a matter to be taken lightly or to be handled by an inexperienced attorney. Knowledge of the local courts and court personnel including judges and prosecutors is also critical to a fair and reasonable disposition of a juvenile criminal case. Any time a child is a target of potential criminal investigation, no matter how minor, prompt consultation with an experienced lawyer is critical.Frequently Asked Questions - Criminal Cases
By Chris McCarthy, 12/01/2012

How do I know that I may be arrested and may require the services of a criminal attorney?
Answer: The first step is typically contact from some local law enforcement agency or police department. The moment one is contacted by law enforcement the need for experienced criminal defense counsel arises. One should never give a statement to any law enforcement body without consulting counsel. No citizen of the U.S. is obligated to give a statement to the police at any time.

What is bail or bond?
Answer: Bail or bond is typically a financial requirement or a set of pre-trial conditions to ensure an accused future appearance in court. Bail or bond is initially set by the police at the time an arrest is made without a warrant. If an arrest warrant is issued by a court, a judge will set the bond. This bail is subject to review at any time throughout the course of the court case pursuant to Connecticut State Law.

How old does my child have to be to qualify for juvenile court protection?
Answer: It is important to note that in the State of Connecticut, juvenile court jurisdiction was recently extended to 16 and 17 year-olds. Now when children in this age group are arrested, their cases are initially referred to the juvenile court for prosecution.

What are my obligations if I am arrested?
Answer: If one is arrested future court appearances are required as the case proceeds through the judicial system. An accused should never appear in court without the representation of counsel. The process is far too complicated and the implications too significant for one to attempt to represent themselves particularly in a serious matter.

How does the arrest process work generally?
Answer: Initially, the accused is arrested, taken into custody by the police and processed at the police department. At that time the arrest is not by warrant, bail or bond is set and the defendant is allowed to post bond. If the defendant cannot post bond, a bail hearing will be set and the court will determine what set of financial or non-financial conditions will be imposed to secure the defendant's appearance in court going forward.

Does every arrest result in a criminal record?
Answer: Unequivocally no. In fact one of the main reasons engagement of an experienced attorney is prudent, is to avoid a long term criminal conviction. A long term criminal conviction has severe implications for future employment prospects, financial prospects and other advancement in society.

If I am arrested will I go to jail?
Answer: The only honest answer to this question is that it is possible anytime a person is arrested that jail may be the result. This is another important reason why experienced counsel should be engaged to address this possibility. Each case is evaluated on a case by case basis and there is no general rule in this regard.

What is the cost for legal representation in a criminal case?
Answer: The cost for such legal services vary based on a number factors including prior history and the severity of the offense, but regardless, it is a small investment when the implications of your future are at stake.

Do I need an attorney?
Answer: Criminal matters are not to be taken lightly or to be handled by an inexperienced attorney. Knowledge of the local courts and court personnel including judges and prosecutors is also critical to a fair and reasonable disposition of a criminal case. Any time a person is a target of potential criminal investigation, no matter how minor, prompt consultation with an experienced lawyer is critical.

News & Events

H & S Announces Admission of Five Firm Attorneys to Partnership

Halloran & Sage is pleased to announce the admission of five Firm attorneys to its partnership.

The partnership class of the following attorneys who are resident in the Firm's Hartford office are: Timothy Grady, who practices in the area of medical malpractice and also general tort litigation; Christopher McCarthy, who practices in the areas of criminal law, and civil and commercial litigation; Tracy Montalbano, whose practice involves insurance coverage and business litigation; and Steven Ryan, who practices in the area of insurance coverage litigation.

Thomas Brennan, resident in the Firm's Westport, Connecticut office was also admitted into the partnership and he practices in the area of commercial litigation.

We are very pleased to welcome these talented attorneys into our partnership. These advancements reflect our continued growth and our commitment to expanding the platform for the services we offer to our increasingly diversified client base, said William McGrath, Jr., the Firm's managing partner.H & S Attorneys to Hold Two Seminars for Financial and Lending Professionals

Halloran & Sage attorneys have scheduled two seminars for the benefit of financial and lending professionals. The seminars, entitled CT Foreclosure and Lender Liability: A Primer for Financial and Lending Professionals and Bankruptcy Code, will both take place during this month in New Haven and Hartford, respectively.

CT Foreclosure and Lender Liability will take place on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Firm's New Haven office, 195 Church Street. The program is designed to provide a real world view of the legal landscape, substantive law, and highlight ways in which courts are reacting to the foreclosure epidemic. Practical information will also be provided of what is involved in commencing foreclosure proceedings and what may be expected once they are underway. Brian Rich will present the seminar - Christopher McCarthy will also be a speaker.

Bankruptcy Code will take place on Thursday, September 27, 2012, at the Hartford 21 building, 221 Trumbull Street, Hartford, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. and will be presented by Michael Wrona and Christopher McCarthy. It will include a general overview of the bankruptcy process under Chapters 7, 11 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code including a discussion concerning adequate protection, the automatic stay, sale of estate assets, cramdown and confirmation.

Both seminars will take place from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the locations specified above and include a continental breakfast and complimentary parking. CT Foreclosure and Lender Liability, and for Bankruptcy Code .

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Admission Details

Admitted in 1989, Connecticut
1998, Massachusetts
District of Connecticut
2nd Circuit Court of Appeals

Law School Attended

New England School of Law
Class of 1989

University Attended

University of Connecticut
Class of 1986
with honors

Birth Information

Born in 1964
New Haven, Connecticut, April 14, 1964

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AssociationsConnecticut Bar Association
Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
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Christopher J. McCarthy
One Goodwin Square 225 Asylum Street,
Hartford, CT 06103


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