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  • Is a speeding ticket valid with missing time?

    I received a hand writterspeeding ticket in CT and the officer left the "At time" section blank and only put the date. Is this grounds for dismissal? I have my court case tomorrow and wish to know if it's worth challenging this technicality and th...

    Salvatore’s Answer

    It will not be dismissed. Neglecting to state the time that the infraction occurred is not a fatal flaw. The court could always set the case for trial and the officer could testify as to the time.

    If you go to the court to negotiate a reduced fine or ask for it to be dropped, do not argue that there are any legal deficiencies in the ticket; rather, be polite and ask for some consideration with the fine. That's the best tact in you case.

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  • How to revoke bail when parole was violated?

    I posted a bail bond for a friend when he was going to be released they revoked his release due to violating parole. The bail bonds men said he can not do anything because it was already sent to the bonding company. I am located in CT. HELP

    Salvatore’s Answer

    Your questions is a bit unclear, because there wouldn't be any bail set for a parole violation. However, if your friend, while out on parole, was arrested for a new case for which you posted bond (through a bail bond company) and then was locked up for the parole violation, that would be different. Under those facts, I suspect that you're out of luck because he was technically bonded out on the new case before he was locked up for the parole violation. Consequently, you paid the bail bondsman a premium for a bond he actually posted (on the new arrest).

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  • What can DCF do to me since the whole incident has no accuracy and has nothing to do with me? I just need advice.

    I have a question regarding DCF. An incident occurred last summer where a 16 yr. old with a previous history of sexual abuse accused my boyfriend of touching her zipper on her sweater when he was drinking. Nothing happened after but now all of a s...

    Salvatore’s Answer

    Under no circumstances should you talk to DCF, law enforcement or any other agency investigating the matter without an attorney that handles criminal defense litigation with experience in sexual assault cases. Despite the "official" purpose of DCF, I have always viewed them as an extension of law enforcement. Hire an attorney if you speak with anyone!

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  • Would like to fight prosecutor's decision to DENY an arrest warrant. What would my next step be? Can I request a meeting?

    My local police applied for an arrest warrant on my husband for "Risk of injury to a minor" after I reported him confessing to me (which I have recorded) that he has tried to look at our 11yr old daughter in the shower and that he regularly tries ...

    Salvatore’s Answer

    The state's attorney (prosecutor) is the only one that can decide whether or not to prosecute. I can understand you frustration, but you need to contact the state's attorney for the Judicial District of New London.

    Another option may be to retain an attorney that can represent your interest as a victim to a crime. That attorney may be able to highlight why there's cause for the state's attorney to prosecute the matter.

    Take care,

    Sal

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  • How can i beat these charges

    I got arrested for domesic charges in ct . and the the so called victim want to tell the truth to the court what happen that she was under the influence of drugs pcp and the officer did not did a full investigation in what really happen.and i got ...

    Salvatore’s Answer

    First, retain a competent criminal defense attorney that goes to the court in which your case is pending. Second, do not give any statements to anyone other than your attorney. Third, be prepared to provide contact information for the person who now wants to tell the truth to your attorney. I generally, have my investigator locate that person and try to secure a statement for court. Fourth, don't try to get a statement from the person yourself because you might get charge for the felony of Tampering with a Witness.

    Good luck

    Salvatore Bonanno

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  • If a 15 year old girl has sex with an 18 year old male with mild autism, will the male go to prison?

    A 15 year old girl and an 18 year old male with slight autism (PDDNOS) were dating, and the female met him over at the park one day and had sex with him. The male did not start it, the girl did. The male simply allowed it because they liked eachot...

    Salvatore’s Answer

    He should NOT SPEAK WITH ANYONE!

    He should retain a competent criminal defense attorney ASAP.

    He will be arrested.

    Good luck

    Sal

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  • Petty shoplifting from walmart what will happen, court date, fine, go on my record?

    Last week I was with my boyfriend and we did something stupid. I stole $19 worth of stuff from walmart and him $40. The cops came just asked us a couple questions and left. The owner, manager,whoever said we would be getting a fine in the mail for...

    Salvatore’s Answer

    If you're under the age of 18, alert your parents immediately. They need to consult a criminal defense attorney.

    If you weren't given a summons to appear at court, the you probably weren't charged criminally, but might be later by warrant.

    If you receive, or received, something advising you to pay a fine/fee, don't pay anything without telling your parents first and asking them to consult with a criminal defense attorney. Otherwise, the payment might have a permanent detrimental effect on your record and future.

    Good luck .... Atty. Salvatore Bonanno

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  • Do I need a criminal defense lawyer?

    Three days ago I was charged with evading responsibility (misdemeanor), using my phone while driving, and possession of marijuana (less than 1/2 ounce). I was driving, looked at my phone, and hit a fire hydrant and 2 mail boxes. I was terrified an...

    Salvatore’s Answer

    Do you have a criminal record? Are you on probation? How much marihuana did you have?

    All of these questions, and more, need to be discussed with a competent criminal defense attorney! The answers to those questions will help an attorney guide you through this situation with the least amount of damage.

    Don't do a solo flight and hire a competent criminal defense attorney to represent you so you avoid jail, license suspension, etc.

    Take care

    Sal

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  • When and how can I apply for a public defender in Connecticut since I can't afford a attorney

    Domestic issue

    Salvatore’s Answer

    Simple. When: at your first court appearance, so you've got them on boat from the beginning...... How: go to their office and apply, or depending on the particular court, when the judge calls your case ask for a public defender to be appointed.

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  • I am in IOP, NOT COURT ORDERED. Applied on my own. Can Prob. Officer obtain information without my consent? or give info to IOP

    I have been in the system for a year on house arrest for 6 months due to Larceny and DUI. No alcohol charges, just drug charges. Im doing community service and going to court ordered programs. IOP is NOT COURT ORDERED.

    Salvatore’s Answer

    Unless it was court-ordered, or in any forms you signed related to your "house arrest", probably not; however, if the probation officer asks for your authorization to secure your IOP-related records you'll need to comply or risk the officer seeking a Violation of Probation arrest warrant for you.... If your house arrest is for pre-trial release, in lieu of bond, then any failure to refuse a probation officer, or bail commissioner's, request for an authorization will likely result in a bind increase and pretrial detention.

    Find a competent criminal defense attormey for assistance.

    Take care,

    Sal

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