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Douglas D. Rudolph

Douglas D. Rudolph

Douglas D. Rudolph is a New Haven-based criminal defense attorney.
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI
  • Connecticut, Minnesota
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I have seen, over and over, how criminal charges can drastically affect people’s lives without proper representation. As a lawyer, I understand people make mistakes, but shouldn't be defined by them. I provide aggressive legal representation that compassionately focuses on your unique needs to achieve the best result. I limit my case load, so I can work closely with you to ensure your best interests are carefully served. My job is to establish an atmosphere of trust and respect, and understand the challenges you’re facing. I create and maintain open communication with you through all stages of your case. My job is to focus on your case, so you can focus on your life.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Professional Experience
Law Office of Douglas D. Rudolph
- Current
Co-founder; Policy Director
Young People in Recovery
Duties: Developed and implemented Young People in Recovery's ("YPR") public policy agenda; Managed over 80 chapters throughout the United States, and oversaw the implementation of local workshops that provided access to education, employment, and housing opportunities for young people in or seeking recovery from addiction; Regularly collaborated with federal agencies, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and other organizations and partners to improve addiction-recovery resources for young people; Created and/or reviewed all contracts, which included potential partnerships with other businesses and other organizations; created and updated internal YPR policies; Led YPR expansion efforts including domestic issues related to state tax identification numbers and international chapter expansion to Canada and the United Kingdom (e.g. compliance, registration, regulation forms).
Certified Student Attorney
New Haven Public Defender Services
Duties: Interviewed potential clients, screened for eligibility for services; Reviewed police reports and conducted legal research in preparation for defense; Negotiated with prosecutors to reach plea agreements for primarily felony and misdemeanor-level offenses; Represented clients in court for arraignments and pretrial hearings.
Summer Intern
New Haven Legal Assistance Association
Duties: Conducted legal research and writing for supervising attorney; Met with clients and participated in Due Process Hearings for special education clients; Participated in lobbying efforts in regards to expanding ex-offenders' rights at state congressional hearings.
Western New England University School of Law
J.D. (2015) | Emphasis on Criminal Law
Honors: Dean’s List Merit Award, Advanced Research and Writing CALI Excellence for the Future Award, highest grade in class: Legislative Lobbying and Advocacy CALI Excellence for the Future Award, highest grade in class: Criminal Procedure Adjudication
Augsburg College
B.A. (2007) | Psychology & Law
Professional Associations
Connecticut State Bar # 439410
- Current
New Haven Bar Association
- Current
Minnesota State Bar # 0397936
- Current
Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
- Current
Speaking Engagements
Advocacy 101, National Leadership Conference, Denver, Colorado
Young People in Recovery
HIV & Recovery in the Workplace: What You Need to Know, Webinar, Online
Faces and Voices of Recovery
Websites & Blogs
Firm Website
Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered

Q. if My friend who drove while drunk gets charged a DWI, would she be able to get it wiped off her record if it’s her 1st?
A: If this is your friend's first DUI, she may be eligible for a pre-trial diversionary program, in particular, the Alcohol Education Program (AEP). If the court grants her admission into the AEP (alcohol education classes and a victim impact panel) and she successfully completes it, the DUI will be dismissed.
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Contact & Map
900 Chapel Street
900 Chapel Street
Suite 620
New Haven, CT 06510
Telephone: (203) 343-7579
Fax: (203) 349-6100