Do not let her speak to the police! In my experience, the police only want to fill in the holes of their investigation, so speaking with them only helps their case. Feel free to call me on my mobile phone, I do not charge for initial consultations.
Patrick G. Hughes
Alimony is a tax deduction for you and a taxable event for your ex-wife, unlike child support for which you cannot deduct the award. If your ex-wife is moving to reduce her alimony, but increase the child support, you most certainly should appear for the court date because it will subject you to potential tax consequences.
The Connecticut Judicial Branch has a website available to the public that enables a user to search for a person's criminal history. The user can search for both convictions and pending charges. If you go to the site and follow the link through case look-up you will be able to enter your name into the search engine to determine whether you are in the system.
You will need to speak to a State’s Attorney when you get to court. If you are in Middletown, their office is the first door on the left after you clear security. The State’s Attorney will pull your file and discuss your case with you. He or she has discretion on how to handle your matter. Because you do not have a criminal history he may be willing to offer you either a dismissal or a nolle in return for community service. A nolle will result in a dismissal in thirteen months provided you...
His first obstacle will be the violation of probation. The standard to prove that offense is lower than the State's burden on the new charges. Depending on what his underlying conviction was (why he is on probation) will impact his overall result.
It is not a yes or no answer unfortunately. He can consent to termination, but the State always wants to have two parents who are responsible for the child, and as a result, the State can object. The issue is support of the child. If you are in a new committed relationship, that could help.
First, there may be valid legal defenses to challenge the arrest. But, in the absence of any legal defense, Connecticut has diversionary programs which, depending on the nature of the nature of the offense, allow individuals with no prior criminal history to preserve their record.
You do not have to worry about being arrested if it was for a speeding ticket. Re-read the notice from the Court to see whether you need to appear on that date or re-open the case by that date. Either way, you should be fine as long as you comply with the Court's instructions.
Connecticut offers programs for first time offenders charged with certain crimes and other programs for individuals struggling with addiction which could result in an alternative to incarceration, and possibly avoid a criminal record.
Short answer is yes, you can apply to the Board of Pardons and Parole. Although, at first glance the process seems overwhelming, it is an opportunity to clear your record. My office is located in New Haven.