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  • So my husband is on probation they violated him when he went to probation he has two counts of resisting arrest and two charges

    Of criminal mischeif in the second and third degree what kind of charges is he facing and how can I find a lawyer to help him that's affordable

    Patrick’s Answer

    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.

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  • Can my boyfriend just give up and sign over his rights to our daughter? Especially if that's just what he wants for now?

    The father of my child, also my boyfriend, stated weeks ago he loves and cares about our daughter, but he'd sign over his rights. Can he actually do that, or is it my choice? I do NOT want child support or any extra money from him. I just would li...

    Patrick’s Answer

    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.

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  • Im 38 never been in trouble with the law i was recently arrested for fraud can i get it so it dont show up on my record

    I have no criminal record since first time can i have it erased off my record so it don't follow me

    Patrick’s Answer

    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.

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

    she has documented contingency upon me to increase child allowance I give my daughter Do I have to file a financial affidavit and appear?

    Patrick’s Answer

    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.

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  • I missed a court date for a speeding ticket in Newington CT , i just received a letter stating it was moved to July am i okay?

    Do i have to worry about getting arrested ?

    Patrick’s Answer

    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.

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  • What are charges/jail time for stealing jewlery from a friends parents and selling it, valued roughly from 1-4000$.

    The family is pressing charges for the Stolen jewlery. I have a serious drug problem and this will be a first offence. I did not break in to the house or anything like that.

    Patrick’s Answer

    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.

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  • In Connecticut, can you have a misdemeanor conviction for reckless endangerment expunged or is it on your record forever?

    If it can be expunged, how long do you need to wait after the conviction? Any information on this would be greatly appreciated.

    Patrick’s Answer

    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.

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  • Should you bring a lawyer with you if called by the police for questioning

    My daughter gave notice at her job because they were not promoting as promised. She found a job that paid her twice what she makes now. Before she left they approached her and asked if she would stay, she declined and started her new job shortly a...

    Patrick’s Answer

    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.
    R/S
    Patrick G. Hughes
    www.pghugheslaw.com 203.361.1253

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  • Do pending court charges show up on criminal background checks.

    I have a pending court case in Connecticut. I have not plead guilty. I had a job offer last week but need to go through a criminal background check first. The job is a retail manager position. The hiring manager said they only look for felonies....

    Patrick’s Answer

    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.

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  • I got caught shoplifting; what will happen?

    I got caught trying to steal $7 worth of make-up and was given a summons to appear in court next week. I have a clean record and hence no experience with the legal system. I have no idea what to expect. What will happen when I show up in court? Do...

    Patrick’s Answer

    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 do not offend again. If the State is unwilling to dismiss or nolle the charges there are alternative to incarceration programs available in Connecticut for individuals who have not offended in the past. Ask the State’s Attorney about these programs when you are discussing your case.

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