Brian S Karpeā€™s Answers

Brian S Karpe

Hartford Family Law Attorney.

Contributor Level 13
  1. Did I commit sexual assault or sexual contact and should I get a defense lawyer?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. John Paul Thygerson
    2. Scott Douglas Camassar
    3. Cody N. Guarnieri
    4. Brian S Karpe
    5. William A. Jones Jr.
    6. ···
    6 lawyer answers

    I would add one thing to all of the advice from the other attorneys, even if you have not been charged at the moment, it is in your best interests to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney before this goes any further. A consult should answer your questions and give you some direction in the event that this situation continues to deteriorate.

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  2. What happens to some one who becomes a first offender? This is in regards to two DUI arrests with in a year.

    Answered 9 months ago.

    1. Christopher Thomas DeMatteo
    2. Brian S Karpe
    3. Derek Anthony Patrin
    3 lawyer answers

    You should speak to your current attorney about the possible penalties. Nevertheless, I agree with prior counsel, there is a program available for first time offenders but the program can only be used once (I also agree with him on the Miranda rights question). You do not indicate how long ago you had the 1st DUI, but it sounds like you successfully completed a program to be treated as a first time offender, In any event, your attorney should have explained the mandatory minimum penalties....

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  3. Should I go with a public defender concerning a D.U.I. case? And should I / can I file a complaint about the arresting officer?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Brian S Karpe
    2. John Paul Thygerson
    3. Thomas Collins Leaf
    4. Michael J Palumbo
    5. Lisa Michelle Bassis
    5 lawyer answers

    If you have not been convicted of a DUI or used a program known as the Alcohol Education Program, you be eligible for it. If so and if it is granted, the charge of DUI will be dismissed so long as you comply with all conditions (substance abuse counseling, victim impact session, etc.). You can apply for a public defender but will not be granted one unless you meet their income guidelines. With your own business, you may not qualify. Speak to a criminal defense attorney. The fee may not...

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  4. A friend needs a lawyer BADLY for MURDER CASE

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Brian S Karpe
    2. John M. Kaman
    3. Alexander M. Ivakhnenko
    4. Carlos Gonzalez
    5. Thomas E. Mccabe
    5 lawyer answers

    If he has no funds, your friend may apply to the public defender's office. There are many excellent and experienced criminal defense lawyers. It is a fallacy that public defenders are not experienced or competent. Remember, all they do, all day long, is criminal defense. The public defenders in New Haven Judicial District are very competent. Most private attorneys will not take on murder cases on a pro bono basis. Murder cases are typically very involved and time consuming.

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  5. What happens if I'm caught driving with a suspended license before my plea for my DUI?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Brian S Karpe
    2. John Paul Thygerson
    2 lawyer answers

    From your question, it seems your license was suspended as a result of the DMV action. You need to hire competent counsel as there is a mandatory period of incarceration, the amount of which depends on the number of previous convictions. Since there is mandatory time, in the absence of strong mitigating factors, you need to hire a competent criminal defense attorney. Retainers for criminal defense attorneys may not be as expensive as you fear and most provide free or minimal cost initial...

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  6. Girlfriend is on probation in conneticut.

    Answered 11 months ago.

    1. Brian S Karpe
    2. Carlos Gonzalez
    3. Christine B. Adams
    4. Kevin P Chamberlin
    4 lawyer answers

    So long as she did not drive or have someone else blow into it so she could start the car and drive, no problem. No drinking and driving means just that - NO drinking and driving. As she learned, even one glass of alcohol is a problem if she has the ignition lock. I would not let the PO know. So long as she did not drive, she is not in violation. The system is to prevent just this type of problem. The system worked so long as she did not drive her car or a car owned by someone else. She...

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  7. I have had 2 prior dui's and is pending conviction for a 3rd dui in Connecticut, what will happen if I wanted to move up north?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. John Douglas Lloyd
    2. Michael J Palumbo
    3. Brian S Karpe
    4. Jasen Bodie Nielsen
    5. Ethan Patrick Meaney
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with all of the attorneys responding to your question, particularly the advice regarding retaining an attorney (cannot stress enough how crucial that is) and stop drinking. A critical factor is you will probably lose your driving privilege in CT for life. As for moving out of state after a conviction, you probably can but you will probably also be on probation. If you are on probation, you can move out of the state if the other state accepts your probation or your probation is...

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  8. Is it possible to reverse an uncontested divorce decree in CT?

    Answered 8 months ago.

    1. Brian S Karpe
    2. Beverly A Krieger
    3. Sol E. Mahoney
    3 lawyer answers

    I also suggest you look seriously at why you two got divorced in the first place and then why you want to reconcile. This seems like it might be a rocky relationship. In any event, there may be a way to vacate the judgment, but you do need to speak to an experienced family law attorney.

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  9. My ex wife filed a motion to reduce the alimony i give her.

    Answered 2 months ago.

    1. Brian S Karpe
    2. Patrick G Hughes
    2 lawyer answers

    You are best advised to appear in court each and every time your case is set down. If orders are entered when you are not present, you will have a hard time reopening or modifying that order - since you had the opportunity to be heard and chose not to exercise that right. If you have not already, you should file a pro se appearance so that you are provided with all hearing notices. The form can be obtained from the family clerk's office or on-line at jud.ct.gov. Start at the Self-help tab...

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  10. Can a judge amend his sentence if the felon writes a letter with more case detail than his lawyer presented at sentencing?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Brian S Karpe
    2. Tanya Marie Bachand
    3. Timothy A. Provis
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree, the short answer is yes, a modification can be requested. C.G.S. 53a-39 (a) provides that at any time during the period of a definite sentence of three years or less, the sentencing court or judge may, after hearing and for good cause shown, reduce the sentence, order the defendant discharged, or order the defendant discharged on probation or conditional discharge. Section (c) of that same statute states that a mandatory minimum sentence cannot be reduced in any manner. So, if...

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