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  • What kind of charge or fine is a misuse marker ticket and following too closely going to bring?

    My friend was driving my truck which I had recently purchased and has not been registered yet. Just so that I had something to put on it, my dad lent me one of the plates off his car. I was in the car directly in front of my friend. An officer pul...

    John’s Answer

    Attorney Wolff is correct, your friend is facing misdemeanor charges and should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to see if there are options available which would avoid a permanent criminal record.

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  • If I'm facing my third dui for driving under the influence of drugs can I get a rehab instead of jail

    I would be convinced of three duis in the last 4 years and all were for under the influence influence of drugs I didn't hurt anyone in my past convictions

    John’s Answer

    You absolutely need to retain an experienced DWI attorney to carefully examine the police reports and to determine what, if any, defenses may be asserted.

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  • I recievied a letter from dcf that they want to speak to me about my child well being

    Hello Me and husband is married from past 17 years and have 3 kids and yesterday i recieved a letter from dcf that they need to speak to me,apparently my 8 year old daughter broke her glasses from hinges and she told in school that i was hitti...

    John’s Answer

    HIRE AN ATTORNEY IMMEDIATELY! DCF is a lot like the mob. Once they get involved in your life it is difficult to get them out of your life. Too much is at stake here. Get an attorney.

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  • Need help with special parole modification

    firearm possession

    John’s Answer

    If you are on special parole that means, in all likelihood, your total sentence was greater than three years. That means you will need to file a motion to modify the sentence but you will also need prosecutorial permission before filing. Your best bet is to contact an attorney to discuss this matter in greater detail. There are many excellent ones here on AVVO and most offer free consultations.

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  • I had a dui while teaching 3 years ago. Because it was a first offense ever I was given accelerated rehabilitation. I retired

    I am now going for a part time teaching job and need a finger print and background check. Will that dui show up on my background check?

    John’s Answer

    If the background check includes a review of your driving history it may come up if your license was suspended by the DMV and/or if you used the Alcohol Education program.

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  • Is it legal for a 19 year old girl to date a 17 year old boy with there being no sex in the relationship?

    I'm 19, he is 17 he will be turning 18 before I turn 20 we both live in Bristol CT is it legal

    John’s Answer

    Yes, in the State of Connecticut, it is legal.

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  • Is a misdemeanor conviction for reckless endangerment considered a "breach of trust" conviction for a bank job application?

    I was convicted for putting a child under my supervision at a risk of physical injury. Would a bank view this as breach of trust? Breach of trust: for these purposes, means a wrongful act, use, misappropriation or omission with respect to any pr...

    John’s Answer

    No it is not. It is not considered a crime of "moral turpitude".

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  • Speeding ticket in CT

    I got my first speeding ticket, going 85 in a 65. It's a $299 fine which I can't afford. What are my options? Is there any chance if i go to court I will have to pay more than the $299? The cop told me he could have gotten me for reckless driving.

    John’s Answer

    Plead not guilty and mail it in. Usually the prosecutors will reduce the fine you need to pay. I respectfully disagree with my colleague who suggests that you utilize a diversionary program for a speeding ticket.

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  • Does reckless driving have to be explicitly stated on a ticket to be convicted of reckless driving?

    I got a court summons for speeding in Connecticut. The statute on the ticket is 14-219(c)(2), but reckless driving is 14-222. Does this mean I can/cannot specifically be charged with reckless driving?

    John’s Answer

    Attorney Shalvoy is correct. The prosecutor can increase or decrease the charges as he/she deems appropriate.

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  • What is my ticket classified as? What are the penalties?

    I was pulled over doing 64 in a 40 zone on Rt7 in Wilton. I have been driving on Rt7 for years without any issues. The only reason I was doing 64 was to get past a careless driver who was braking for no reason and traveling at inconsistent speeds....

    John’s Answer

    Attorney Young's advice is spot on. I would only add as a suggestion that when you speak to the prosecutor you act repentant and not belligerent. Also, ask if they will allow you to participate in a drivers retraining class which, if successfully completed, will result in the charges being dropped,

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