Whether it's your freedom, family or finances, we protect what matters most to you. We represent clients in criminal, civil and juvenile matters.

Problems and Possibilities

We primarily focus our practice on criminal defense and DCF/juvenile matters. Both are stressful situations in which your freedom is at issue against the State. We work with clients to get them out of those legal jams. We believe that narrowing our practice areas provides our clients with the best possible service. Our experience and knowledge is focused on what our clients need, rather than be thinly spread out. Additionally, it allows for increased availability so that we are able to provide clients with the individualized attention they need in the criminal and juvenile courts and in the administrative and investigative realms. 

We are skilled trial attorneys and have numerous wins. We are also skilled in resolving cases without going to trial because not every case warrants a trial. We do whatever we have to do to achieve our clients' goals. 

If you have been arrested or are facing DCF action, call or email us as soon as possible. 

Knowledge is Key

You may not realize that you have options at the moment of a police stopping you, after a criminal or juvenile charge, and even after conviction of a crime. The law preserves and protects your rights throughout the criminal and juvenile law process. For years, I have represented clients in criminal and juvenile courts throughout Connecticut. I work tirelessly with social workers, police, prosecutors, and judges to achieve my clients’ goals. In many cases, knowing your options early can help you obtain a lesser penalty or no penalty at all. 

I Stand by You

Your goals are my starting point. I listen to your situation, and I share my experience and knowledge of Connecticut law so you will understand your reality and options. I personally handle your case rather than delegating it to associates or paralegals and openly communicate with you throughout your case. If you are in custody, I will meet you there. You can call me on nights and weekends if needed, and know you can trust me to protect your rights. It’s your case, and my service fighting on your behalf.

Attorney Christopher Dematteo Sitting in his Office

Christopher Dematteo

I am a criminal defense attorney who is always ready to calmly listen to you and assess your situation. I have represented criminal defendants for years. I bring experience handling matters from the investigation stage and through trial, appeal, and post-conviction. I grew up in Connecticut and know the legal landscapes of the criminal, civil and juvenile court systems, as well as administrative agencies such as DMV and DCF (Department of Children and Families). I strive to understand the reality of your situation, so I can achieve your goals. We personally handle all of our cases and often talk with people weekends and nights when needed. 

I am a co-chair of the criminal law sections of the New Haven County Bar Association and the Young Lawyers Section of the Connecticut Bar Association. I was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in criminal law for both 2018 and 2019. 

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Criminal Defense

Connecticut generally classifies crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, but some crimes which were once considered misdemeanors are now classified as felonies. For felonies and misdemeanors, violations and infractions provide a basis for charges against you.
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Juvenile Law

The same criminal statutes apply to juveniles (persons under 18) as adults. Juvenile delinquency matters emphasize rehabilitation rather than punishment, but the consequences are potentially serious.
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Family Law

The family law division of the Connecticut Superior Court hears cases involving family relationships, like divorce, separation, custody, child support, and restraining orders. Family law provides many options for you to modify child support.
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Even though some cases may be appealed as a matter of right, Connecticut’s appellate rules are complex, and deadlines are generally strict. Missing a deadline to an appeal may bar your appeal.
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Notable Cases

Who you decide to work with makes all the difference
Courthouse Icon Many of my clients come to me with major problems and questions. I give them option and answers. I help them understand their rights. Together we solve their legal problems.

I practice law in the areas that matter most to people: their families and their freedom. Most people don’t plan to be arrested. A minor facing a juvenile judge fears the consequences. Parents seeking child support or visitation want to know their rights. Even a person convicted of a crime has rights of appeal. 

You possess rights which the law is required to protect. I strive to help my clients understand their rights, explore the options presented by the reality of individual cases, and then I work with you to achieve solutions. People come to me with problems and questions, and I help them find answers.

I meet personally and often with every client. You won’t hear me arguing or yelling, though, just listening. I am genuinely interested in the facts of your case. You can openly and honestly share your story with me, and rather than judge you, I will help you understand your options. 

I grew up in Connecticut and have practiced law in the courts throughout the state for years. I personally handle all aspects of your case, from drafting documents to appearing in court. I am very accessible and often talk with people weekends and nights if needed. You can count on me to give my personal attention.