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  • What questions can I ask to challenge a laser cited speeding ticket before a judge?

    I was charged with going 60 in a 40 and the officer notated that she had me on laser. She neglected to write the time on the hand-written ticket. It was around midnight on a Saturday 6 months ago. I refused the appeal in the initial traffic court ...

    John’s Answer

    As a preliminary issue, had you elected to pay the fine by mail no points would have been assessed against your drivers license. That having been said it will be your word against the officer's word about how fast you were travelling. If you testify that you drove over the speed limit for just a few seconds that will be enough for the magistrate to convict you.
    The officer will show up. No chance that she won't. The prosecutor will establish her training and her experience as a police officer as well as her training in the use of the laser. The officer should testify that before her shift she tested the laser device for accuracy. Now this is important, if the prosecutor doesn't ask the officer to explain how the accuracy is determined you must do so when you cross examine the officer. Typically lasers are pointed at a STATIONARY OBJECT from a predetermined distance and the laser will indicate the distance. If the laser registers the correct distance the officer will conclude that the laser is now accurate. But what the officer will not have done is to test the laser on a MOVING TARGET to determine accuracy before the shift, In other words, ask the officer how the accuracy of the laser determining distance from a stationary object can establish the speed of a moving object. Ask the officer if she had a fellow officer drive by at a PREDETERMINED SPEED while she pointed the laser at the officer to determine if the laser was accurately reporting the speed of the moving vehicle. Hammer the officer on the assumptions she is making and her lack of technical expertise in the science of how the laser accepts and registers the data it receives.

    Hope this helps. Obviously there's a lot that can be done and having a lawyer always helps. Good luck!

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  • How to clear my record

    I would like to clear my record

    John’s Answer

    Attorney Woolf is absolutely correct. While you don't technically need a lawyer to fill out and submit the application, you may want to have one assist you as the process is not an easy one.

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  • How do I go about clearing this up? I checked online and it says a warrant was issued 24 years ago when I missed court date.

    24 years ago I was arrested for taking a motorcycle with two others and driving from police on motorcycle in connecticut. I live in rhode island. While waiting for my court date I was incarcerated in RI juvinile detention. I called public defender...

    John’s Answer

    Contact the courthouse where your case was pending and ask the clerk's office what bond was ordered by the court. Then either turn yourself into the arresting police department and bring either the entire amount of bond in cash or line up the services of a bail bondsman. You will be processed and given a court date. You should hire an attorney to represent your interests and try to come up with a good reason why you waited 24 years to resolve this.

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  • NEED TO HAVE MY FELONY CONVICTION WIPED OFF MY RECORD, WHAT IS THE COST AND FATEST WAY

    I NEED TO HAE MY FELONY CONVICTION WIPED OFF MY RECORD, WHAT IS THE COST AND FATEST WAY

    John’s Answer

    Costs vary from lawyer to lawyer. You need to file an application for a pardon. The application is lengthy and you may not get a hearing until more than a year after the application is filed.

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  • Does a DWI Nolle mean I can say it never happened?

    arrested for a DWI when I was 20. It was nolled and haven't had any issue in 4 years Local pd records have nothing and as does the local courthouse. Nothing on the internet either. Can I say it never happened for a comprehensive background check?

    John’s Answer

    It really depends upon what the background check is for and the thoroughness of the company performing the background check. If you were fingerprinted and photographed then you were given a FBI number and the arrest may turn up. It also depends upon whether your license was suspended administratively by the DMV. If you weren't fingerprinted and photographed and the arrest was more than 10 years ago, I agree with Attorney Woolf's suggestion.

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  • I recently was stopped and ticketed with an expired registration here in CT.

    My vehicle is licensed and registered in Pennsylvania. My license is Pennsylvania. I just graduated from college and am not certain where I am going to live---temporarily staying with my parents here in CT. Can a CT police officer ticket me o...

    John’s Answer

    Yes. Get the car registered ASAP and bring proof that it is properly registered with you to show the prosecutor when you go to court.

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  • Am I expecting jail time?

    I was extremely stupid and took $2800 from an old employer. I returned $1000 but they are pressing larceny charges on me. The officer told me he is working on my arrest warrant. I am a first time offender. I've never been in trouble so I have a co...

    John’s Answer

    Given the fact that this is your first offense and you have started to make restitution, jail is probably not in your future. You definitely need to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney ASAP to explore the possibility of perhaps getting the charges totally dismissed and leaving you without a permanent criminal record.

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  • What are the future ramifications of a nolle vs accelerated rehabilitation for a professional with no record?

    What are the future ramifications of a nolle vs accelerated rehabilitation for a professional with no record?

    John’s Answer

    It's no brainer. Always take a nolle rather than using your AR.

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  • What are a defendants right to see the police report for a crime he is charged with in the State of Connecticut.

    I am the conservator of both estate and person for an individual who was arrested in Stamford, CT. This individual has been in a combination of both prisons and prison hospitals for almost three months now, while the state determines his compete...

    John’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Woolf. The attorney should review the details of the police report with the client. The attorney is not permitted, absent the court's permission, to provide a copy of the report to the defendant. If you have been appointed by the Probate Court as conservator of the person than you should contact the attorney to address your concerns.

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  • How long the full pardon process takes in Connecticut.

    I was convicted to misdemeanor larceny class A in Aug 2010 with an offense date of Nov 2008. I completed all my court requirement and this was the only issue I ever had with the law. I'm in the process of applying full pardon to expunge my record...

    John’s Answer

    Attorney Woolf is correct, you can apply now. But, it may be at least a year (if not longer) from the date you submit a complete pardon application before your application gets scheduled for a hearing.

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