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Jerome Paun

Criminal defense Attorney at Willimantic, CT

5.0   74 reviews

also known as Jerry Paun, Jerome W Paun


Licensed for 42 years

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5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Attorney Paun defends clients against all felony and misdemeanor charges in Connecticut courts. My law practice is exclusively dedicated to defending both adults and juveniles against criminal charges.

    24 years

  2. Violent crime
    20%
    Violent crimes include but are not limited to assault, robbery, burglary, family violence, kidnapping, manslaughter, and murder. Attorney Paun defends clients in Connecticut courts against all violent crime charges, felonies, and misdemeanors alike.

    24 years

  3. DUI and DWI
    15%
    Attorney Paun defends clients against charges of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs in court and represents them at Department of Motor Vehicles operator's license per se suspension hearings.

    22 years

  4. Juvenile law
    10%
    Juveniles accused of crimes are charged with juvenile delinquency in Connecticut Juvenile Court. Delinquency charges can range from low-level infractions to very serious felony charges that can be transferred to adult courts. Attorney Paun can help.

    17 years

  5. Sex crime
    10%
    Sexual assault, risk of injury to minors, sexual harassment, possession of child pornography, etc. are especially dangerous because they can not only result in criminal convictions and jail time but also life-long sex offender registration.

    22 years

  6. Expungement
    5%
    We help people clear their Connecticut criminal conviction records. We help our clients properly prepare and file the pardon application and associated documentation. Attorney Paun prepares them for and represents them at the pardon hearing.

    22 years

  7. Speeding and traffic ticket
    5%
    Attorney Paun defends clients against motor vehicle charges including speeding, reckless driving, evading responsibility, distracted driving, and other moving offenses.

    24 years

  8. White collar crime
    5%
    Attorney Paun defends clients against forgery, larceny, embezzlement, credit card and other fraud charges, bribery, computer crime, and other white collar crime charges in Connecticut.

    24 years

I am a criminal defense attorney. I am responsible for and I proudly represent each and every one of my clients personally. I am honored to have been selected as one of the top 100 criminal defense attorneys in Connecticut by the American Society of Legal Advocates and the National Trial Lawyers each year since 2014.

Although I am a solo practitioner, I am not alone in my law office. I have a wonderful legal assistant, Kelley Finlan, who is most capable and very helpful to my clients. She is usually the voice they hear and speak with when they call my Willimantic, Connecticut law office. She frequently answers their questions, putting their minds at ease immediately. When she can't answer a question right away or after some research, she will talk with me.  As soon as we have an answer, one of us will return the call to our client to advise.

We enjoy helping people who are in trouble. It doesn't happen in every case but with some frequency, we get to help someone out of a big jam and enable that person to turn his or her life around for the better. We find great satisfaction in helping to make that possible. In most cases, I am the only person standing up for my clients' rights and I am frequently the only thing that stands between my clients and jail. 

When a lawyer defends a person charged with a crime, that lawyer not only defends the client but also all the rest of us. People don't realize that it is the criminal defense attorney who puts the brakes on the state's enormous apparatus for incarcerating people. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, over 700 people per 100,000 population! Without criminal defense lawyers challenging the state's police power, the state could lock-up people for no reason at all, without regard for our constitutional rights! Criminal defense lawyers really are the first-line defense against the tyranny of a police state. By vigorously asserting defendants' constitutional rights day-in and day-out, criminal defense lawyers stop the state from arresting people and locking them up for no good reason.

I believe in those constitutional rights that some regard as mere technicalities. Those constitutional rights and the criminal defense lawyers who vigorously defend them are our protection against becoming a police state. I am very proud to be a criminal defense attorney defending our liberty and democracy as well as my clients.

Potential clients often ask if I am aggressive; as if that were the most important trait in a criminal defense lawyer. The answer is, I am effective. I want to be as effective as I possibly can be in getting the best possible results for my clients. Aggression usually breeds aggression by the other side in return and interferes with effectiveness. So, I am only aggressive when I need to be. Most of the time, there is a better way to achieve the best result.

Since about 98 percent of all cases are resolved without trial, a good negotiating strategy is usually necessary to persuade prosecutors and judges to give my clients the best outcome. I have worked hard to learn and develop excellent negotiating skills that benefit my criminal defense clients. Usually, the best results for my clients are negotiated agreements.

Trial is the last resort when negotiation fails to achieve a satisfactory result.  If a trial becomes necessary, I’m perfectly willing and able to go to trial and fight to defend my clients’ rights and freedom.

I am proud to serve my clients. I would be honored if you would give me the opportunity to defend you against whatever criminal charges may be confronting you.

 
Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice

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Licensed for 42 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1986
Updated 11/28/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1980
Updated 07/09/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Reviews

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Client's Choice 2021
Client's Choice
Jerome received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2021
Posted by R. | October 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome attorney..caring..great staff. Very helpful
Mr.Paun helped me more than I can say..he helped me get my life ..always was up front about my case and helped me to get home to my family....a real down to earth attorney..not one of those robot like stuffed suits ..his staff was very helpful every time I called .he always returned my calls and was thier while I was incarcerated awaiting my trial..friendly staff..and are all good people..would highly recommend him . Tells it like it is and keeps you on a back to your better life road. Very grateful to Mr.Paun and his entire staff..
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Posted by James | September 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
My first legal need
Attorney Paun guided me through my legal need with clarity, concern and commitment. He helped understand what we were doing and why. I felt like I was not just a client, but someone he was personally dedicated to helping. And he did.
Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Attorney Paun is the BEST!
Let me add my five stars to the other reviews of Attorney Jerome Paun. I approached him for advice on a problem that could have had legal implications and over which I was losing sleep. His knowledge of the law has been honed over a lifetime of advising his clients and he knew immediately how to evaluate my situation. He put my concerns to rest while also giving me guidance about how to move forward. Attorney Paun is clearly a man of genuine personal integrity who also cares about each and every client who comes through his door. I couldn't recommend him more highly. If you wish to be treated with respect and concern while receiving excellent legal advice, don't hesitate to call him.
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Posted by Andres Vega | July 5, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pardon
This letter is in regards to Attorney Jerome Paun and his Administrative Assistant Joy Emerson. In my numerous dealings with Att Paun and Ms. Emerson I found them to be extremely professional, helpful and very supportive towards my request for a full pardon. This pardon was extremely important and meaningful to myself and my family in my journey for redemption and trying to correct past mistakes. There were times I felt a bit discouraged and overwhelmed during the process but Ms. Emerson and Att. Paun walked me through the process and they always provided encouragement and support. Whenever I called either one with questions or for advice I always received a quick response and they carefully reviewed with me the details required for the documentation I needed to obtain and provide. They both helped me achieve my ultimate goal of a full pardon which as previously stated above was so important to myself and my family. The state of Ct. is very fortunate to have Ms. Joy Emerson and Att. Jerome Paun and both my wife and I are eternally grateful for the attention, assistance and support they provided me. Sincerely Andres P Vega
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Posted by Julie | December 29, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Attorney
Attorney Paun was referred to me when I needed to hire an attorney to defend my son. That referral was spot on. My son was facing several charges, which if convicted, would have resulted in serious prison time. To make matters even worse, my son is a Type 1 diabetic. Attorney Paun made sure that all required medical documents were at the courthouse at the time of my son’s arraignment to ensure my son would receive the proper medical care at whatever facility he would be sent. Once my son was arrested and sent to county jail, Attorney Paun explained the worst-case scenario and what he planned to do for my son. My son also had a federal case pending. Attorney Paun consulted with my son's federal attorney to have all charges run concurrently. Initially, my son had six charges being brought against him. Attorney Paun was able to get these charges reduced to two and the remaining two charges reduced to lesser charges, which resulted in shorter prison and probation times. This is more than what we ever dared to hope for. Attorney Paun’s extensive knowledge of criminal law and superior negotiating skills played a huge part with this outcome. If anyone finds themselves in need of a criminal lawyer, I highly recommend Attorney Paun.
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best in Connecticut
Attorney Paun was my third lawyer for my expungement process and I don't think I could have asked for a better human being. He was kind, caring, compassionate, and extremely detailed when it came to the beginning of the process all the way to the end of the process. He knew exactly the issues I had on my previous attempts and knew how to combat them if they occurred again. He had so much faith in me and could see how much I have changed since my offense that he was going to do everything possible to get my expungement and he did just that. I know for a fact that you can not go wrong at all by hiring this amazing attorney. I highly recommend him to anyone out there that needs someone to fight for them more than any other attorney has before.
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Posted by anonymous | May 8, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mr. and Mrs. J
May 8, 2021: Having to hire a criminal lawyer to represent our son was extremely stressful, particularly when you take into consideration of being a minority in this day and age. Therefore, our primary concerns were not just to hire a competent attorney who would represent our son’s interest as a human being rather than stereotypical another Black man in the criminal justice system but to hire an attorney to provide unbiased legal defense to our adult son whom we love unequivocally, in spite of. So, when we contacted Attorney Jerome Paun of Willimantic, CT., we had multiple questions for him. Our first statement to him was that we’re a Black family. Then, we proceeded by asking him whether or not he had represented African Americans. As he was professionally answering our questions, we developed a sense of comfort and decided to hire him. After his first court appearance on behalf of our son, we realized that we became convinced that we made the right choice. Being aware of our worries, Attorney Paun contacted us right after the court session ended ( since it was in the midst of COVID-19 and we couldn’t attend). He explained succinctly what transpired in the court room and the expected outcome. He also provided us with information on our son’s physical and mental status at best he could describe them. As Attorney Paun continued on the case, he provided us with regular oral and written updates. He also sent letters to our son to keep him updated as well. However, we were most impressed in the compassionate and humane tone of his correspondences to our son. In fact, he used his preferred nickname in addressing him and acknowledged in his letter that he was aware that he was not in an ideal place or situation at the time and that he was doing his best in his legal representation. To make a long story short, we were pleasantly surprised of the outcome. And, while we do not wish anyone to ever need a criminal lawyer, sometimes things happen when you least expect them. Therefore, we would recommend Attorney Jerome Paun to anyone because he demonstrates professional respect and integrity, honesty, commitment to the legal profession, as well as human compassion and a a non-judgmental attitude. As we’re writing this review, our son is home with us. For that, we are forever indebted to Attorney Jerome Paun.
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Response from Jerome Paun August 28, 2021
Thank you very much for your very generous review. I'm pleased to have been of service to your son and you.
Posted by Joeel | May 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Confident
I am grateful for Attorney Pauns help during a difficult time for me and my family. With out him to represent me, I was surely facing jail time. After quite a fight, we won and I am back with my family with a second chance. Many thanks to him.
Posted by Dan | January 6, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He's a Good Guy!
Attorney Paun knows his stuff. He is a real people person who cares about the common people and wants to protect them. I would recommend Attorney Paun to anyone who he can serve.
Posted by Mark | December 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Attorney Paun helped me out so much with my case. He was very professional and did exactly what he said he could do. Even after my case ended the prosecutor tried to get me for restitution and attorney Paun fought this for fir me abd didn't walk away ge really cares. He gas a great receptionist to very nice and on point. I will be using him again in the future to get my record expunged.
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Posted by Thomas | November 12, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Free consultation
This man gave me great advice about a court order issued against me. He explained everything told me where to look and guided me to someone who could help. He was very endearing and he did not ask for one dollar. He truely cares about people
Posted by anonymous | November 3, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Many Thanks
Jerome Paun went above and beyond the call of duty during the two and one half years it took to resolve our case. From start to finish, he took the time to answer our questions, day or night, and worked tirelessly to obtain the best possible outcome. He helped make a very difficult situation tolerable for everyone involved. Thank you from all of us.
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Posted by Kathleen | October 22, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Incredible Attorney
Attorney Paun made a horrible unforeseen situation barrable with his support , guidance and knowledge I had a great outcome. Thank you Attorney Paun for all you did for me.
Posted by Julianna | October 4, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Jerome Paun
From the minute I met with Jerome Paun it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders. I had no idea what to expect before meeting with him and he explained everything in great detail about what I was to expect and what my outcome would be. He addressed any and all of my questions in a way that I understood. If I ever need an attorney in the future he is definitely the first person I will call to help me. I highly recommend him! He is very personable, knowledgeable, helpful, and will definitely give it his all to give you the best outcome possible.
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Response from Jerome Paun October 20, 2020
Thank you for your kind compliments. It was my honor and privilege to defend you. I hope you will never need my services again but if you find that you do, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Meanwhile, take care, be well, and stay safe. – Jerome
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommended and Knowledgeable
I live out of state and had to hire an attorney So I looked online and saw Atty Paun and he had excellent reviews. I contacted his office and within an hour he called me back. Jerry spent a lot of time on the phone with me and not only was he friendly but he put me at ease and he is highly knowledgeable. Due to COVID-19 I could not come to Connecticut so I hired Jerry to represent me. He handled my case swiftly and effectively. It was the best decision I made. If I could give him 10 stars I would. I highly recommend Jerry and would not hesitate to contact him again if I needed him.
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Response from Jerome Paun October 20, 2020
Thank you for your glowing recommendation. I'm happy to have been of valuable service to you and that you are so pleased with my legal defense representation. Should you ever need my services again, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Meanwhile, take care, be well, and stay safe. – Jerome
Posted by Val | December 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in CT!
I was a client of Jerome Paun. He took an old complex case and made it tolerable through his attention to detail. I had an acceptable outcome and could not be happier.
Response from Jerome Paun January 5, 2020
Greetings and Happy New Year. Thank you for your kind review. It was my honor to represent you and I am pleased you are satisfied with the result. Take care and be well.
Posted by anonymous | September 28, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredible Lawyer
Jerome was amazing with all of his help throughout my case. He constantly put my mind at ease when I was nervous or unsure of what to expect. Kelly was also so helpful when I needed an answer or had to stop in the office unannounced. I’m so grateful for what he did for me and I would recommend him to anyone.
Response from Jerome Paun October 20, 2020
Thank you for your review of my office. We are pleased to have been of valuable service to you and that you found that our work on your behalf helped ease your mind. If you ever need our legal services in the future, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Meanwhile, take care, be well, and stay safe.
Posted by Lee | September 20, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Attorney
Attorney Paun is an extremely knowledgable, highly competent attorney. He was extremely generous with his time during our initial consultation and follow-up appointment and immediately sets you at ease. He makes you feel as though you are his only client and you it's clear from the start that he will be a tireless advocate for you. I have a number of friends and associates who are also attorneys but I called Attorney Paun because of his proximity to me and because he has such high reviews. He personally returned my first call within 30 minutes. A week or so later I went to set up a follow-up meeting with him and he agreed to stay late so I could see him that very day. I highly recommend Attorney Paun and suggest you consider making an initial (free) confidential consultation should you have any legal questions or concerns.
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Response from Jerome Paun October 20, 2020
Thank you for your kind review. Thankfully you were not my only client but I'm pleased that you felt I treated you as if you were. Take care, be well, and stay safe.
Posted by Corrine | September 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Completely satisfied
Jerome Paun did an excellent job on my case. He made no false promises, all I had to do was tell the truth, provide him with the facts and follow his recommendations. He is very professional and extremely helpful. I would recommend him to anyone.
Response from Jerome Paun October 20, 2020
Thank you for your kind review. I'm happy to have been of valuable service to you. I hope you never need my services in the future but if you do, please do not hesitate to contact my office. Meanwhile, take care, be well, and stay safe.
Posted by Junior | September 13, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer to have on your corner when it comes to defense, thanks again for your work
I want to thank you for all the hard work you put in on my case god bless you
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 45 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Regional Counsel
  • Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union
  • 1979 - 2004

Education

  • State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1979
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • MA - Master of Arts
  • 1975
  • State University of New York, College at Brockport
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1972

Legal Cases

  • State of Connecticut v. Michael M.
  • Not guilty jury verdict on all counts.
  • State of Connecticut v. Steven V.
  • All charges in all cases dismissed.
  • State of Connecticut v. Luis G.
  • Guilty plea under Alford doctrine to robbery in the second degree and nolle prosequi all other charges
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Associations

  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1980 - Present
  • National Lawyers Guild
  • Former National Treasurer
  • 1976 - Present
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2021
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2019
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • The Order of Barristers National Honor Society Member
  • State University of New York at Buffalo Law School
  • 1979
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (19)
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jerome is a top shelf attorney who is committed to zealously defending people that he represents."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Attorney Paun for years and viewed his work up close. He is professional, knowledgeable and dedicated. He works hard to get the best for his client and gets excellent results for them."
Unknown Attorney | Oct 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am the current president of the Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and I definitely endorse Attorney Paun for their work defending people charged with criminal offenses in Connecticut. Attorney Paun is a tireless fighter for the accused and zealously defends his clients. If you are seeking an attorney for help with a criminal case, you have found a good one in Attorney Paun."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jerry is an effective advocate for his clients. He knows the law, the evidence, the courthouses and the way to obtain the best results. I highly recommend Attorney Paun as a distinguished member of the Connecticut defense bar."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jerry is competent and thorough. He has a good way with people and is respected by the court and the Office of the State's Attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerry is the role model to which I aspire as an attorney. He is knowledgeable, well-respected throughout the State of Connecticut and a gentleman. I feel fortunate to have the honor to know him and watch him ply his craft."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Paun consistently obtains good results for his clients. He provides a thorough and vigorous defense to those accused of crimes and serious motor vehicle violations."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jerry Paun is a hard-working attorney who fights very hard for his clients. He is an excellent, trustworthy lawyer with tremendous trial skills. Jerry is also a good person and a good friend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"At top notch lawyer who I have had the pleasure of working with. In fact, the lawyer I would call if I needed legal assistance in criminal defense! A vigorous defender of his clients' rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Paun is a strong and vigorous advocate on belf of his clients. He is a hard working individual who leaves no stone unturned in his representation of his clients' best interests ."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jerome Paun as a criminal defense attorney. I have known him for many years and we have crossed paths in court numerous times. He fights passionately for his clients and consistently gets great results. We have discussed the law together many times and have sought each other out on specific questions and cases. I always value Jerome’s informed and insightful point of view."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I give Jerome Paun my highest endorsement. He is a knowledgeable, passionate and zealous advocate for his clients. He has a stellar reputation among his peers -- attorneys and judges alike. I refer all clients to him for criminal defense representation."
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