At any time after a judgment of conviction is entered pursuant to § 53a-82, the defendant may apply to the Superior Court to vacate any judgment of conviction on the basis that his or her participation in the offense was a result of having been a victim of conduct of another person that constitutes (1) trafficking in persons under § 53a-192a, or (2) a criminal violation of 18 USC Chapter 77, as amended from time to time. Prior to rendering a decision on a defendant’s application to vacate any judgment of conviction, the court shall afford the prosecutor a reasonable opportunity to investigate the defendant’s claim and an opportunity to be heard to contest the defendant’s application. If the defendant proves that he or she was a victim of trafficking in persons under said section or a victim of a criminal violation of said chapter at the time of the offense, the court shall vacate any judgment of conviction and dismiss any charges related to the offense. The vacating of a judgment of conviction and dismissal of charges pursuant to this section shall not constitute grounds for an award of compensation for wrongful arrest, prosecution, conviction or incarceration pursuant to § 54-102uu or any other provision of the general statutes.
Terms Used In Connecticut General Statutes 54-95c
- another: may extend and be applied to communities, companies, corporations, public or private, limited liability companies, societies and associations. See Connecticut General Statutes 1-1
- Arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
- Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
- Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
- Dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source: