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Mark Daniel Colson

Mark Colson’s Answers

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  • Can I sue my landlord for not properly giving me an eviction notice

    I have lived their for 3 yrs. no problems . He has started to thorw my personal effects out on the street and he did not have me served by a state marshal with an eviction notice I want to know if I can sue him for not giving an eviction notice.

    Mark’s Answer

    You probably can, but the more practical solution would be to call the police if someone is going into your house/apartment and throwing your possessions into the road.

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  • My grandson is 19 going to college. He lives in Ct. He got pulled over for marijuana and parapheniia. It's his first offense. Do

    Does he show up in court to fight this.

    Mark’s Answer

    He absolutely needs to go to court to address this and he should speak to an attorney before he goes.

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  • Out of state DUI conviction and CT Pistol Carry Permit.

    I am going to plead guilty out of state to a DUI (misdemeanor). I currently have a CT pistol permit. Do I have any obligation to notify the state of CT of this conviction because of my permit? Should I expect that CT will revoke my pistol permit o...

    Mark’s Answer

    A misdemeanor DUI conviction is not one of the "11 misdemeanors" that will disqualify you from pistol permit eligibility in Connecticut. You need to engage a CT lawyer to work with your out of state lawyer so you can fully understand what the collateral consequences will (or may) be.

    Good luck!

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  • What do I need to do to get my conviction pardoned or expunged?

    Back in 2012 I was convicted of a felony with regards to an immigration matter and was sentenced to 6 months of wearing an ankle bracelet and then the balance of two years on probation. I have completed my probation and would like to have the iss...

    Mark’s Answer

    From what you describe, it sounds like you have a federal felony conviction, which like it's Connecticut counterpart will require you to wait a few more years before you are eligible to seek a pardon. For felonly convictions, you must wait 5 years from disposition.

    Good luck!

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  • Cant afford to pay court fee's.

    My daughter has been on State help for a few yrs due to psychological issues with depression/anxiety. She got a DUI and is now in the court process. She doesn't have a job and can’t pay the court fees. She has to go to extensive therapy 3 days a ...

    Mark’s Answer

    The advice of others is spot on, she needs to apply for the public defender. Tell her to go to court nice and early on the 24th and go straight to the public defender's office when she gets in. Exactly where she stands procedurally is unclear, but the public defender should be able to figure this out quickly.

    Good luck!

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  • What happens if I miss my court date for an expired registration in CT?

    I was away for three weeks and when I came back to check my mail, I realized I missed my court date for an expired registration. The letter said my license would be suspended or possibly arrested?

    Mark’s Answer

    The advice of Attorney Young and Attorney Wolf is spot on. What the court did in your absence is up to the judge based on the charges and your past. A bail letter (BCL) is one option, a close out with a license suspension is another option, but so is a re-arrest. I would suggest a quick call to the clerk asking when your next court date is, and then a call to a criminal defense attorney in your area.

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  • Can a judge change a prison sentence after the sentencing hearing?

    My friend pled guilty to a criminal charge. At the sentencing hearing, the judge gave him six months. A few hours later, the judge calls my friend's attorney and says he's changed his mind and is changing the sentence to 2.5 years?! Can a judge...

    Mark’s Answer

    I was in court when this happened, it is a court I appear in frequently. Because of the specifics of what happened, there is not an easy answer or explanation. Your friend has a very competent attorney and I am sure they are discussing appropriate next steps.

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  • Can we sue for attorney fees?

    Being sued-cutting trees. Verbal permission w/no discussion of property lines. Agreed to fix the area w/foliage. Tree co.# 1 started job, didn’t finish. Another comp. completed job ~ 3 mos later. Also had permission to use their property. Bo...

    Mark’s Answer

    You indicated that you have a lawyer already - you are best served by discussing these questions with him/her as they (factually) know far more about what happened and what the other side is claiming than anyone here. Set up a meeting and sit down with your attorney to discuss!

    Good luck!

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  • What are my options?

    I am a MA probationer residing in CT. I own a business and the work entails traveling to other States. I currently have a job in RI and a job in MA. I need to be at one of those sites. I asked my CT probation officer to allow me to go to MA. I wou...

    Mark’s Answer

    The prior advice is dead on - file a motion with the court. You can find the "probation motion" forms in the clerk's office. Good luck!

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  • My boyfriend is in jail he has court on May 12 how long will it take for a bail reduction to be set ? Can it be the same day ?

    Resisting arrest | interfering with an officer .

    Mark’s Answer

    The answer to this depends on when the bond reduction request is filed, when the bond was (last) set or adjusted, and almost more importantly --- who the judge is. You need to speak with an attorney immediately if you want this addressed at his next court date.

    Good luck!

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