A Habeas Corpus petition is a civil action brought against the Commissioner of Corrections seeking the release of an inmate, parolee, or probationer due to a fundamental, unconstitutional injustice in the petitioner's conviction. If successful, the petitioner can win a new trial, a new appeal, a shorter sentence, avoid registration as a sex offender, or other relief as deemed appropriate by the Court.
Who can file a habeas corpus petition?
Anyone in the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections can file a habeas corpus petition. This includes inmates, parolees, and probationers. So long as you have a valid claim that your conviction is unconstitutional and you remain in custody, you can file a habeas corpus petition.
When can I file a habeas corpus petition?
If you have been convicted of a crime in Connecticut state court, have lost your appeal to both the Appellate and the state Supreme Court, and you remain in the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections as either an inmate, parolee, or a probationer you can file a petition for habeas corpus at any time.
Why should I file a petition for Habeas Corpus?
If you believe that you are in the custody of the Commissioner of Corrections as a result of the violation of your Constitutional rights, you should file a petition for Habeas Corpus because it may win you back your freedom and vindicate your Constitutional rights.
Where can I file a petition for Habeas Corpus?
In Connecticut, a petition for Habeas Corpus must be filed with the Clerk of the Superior Court at 20 Park Street, Rockville, CT 06066.
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