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  • Is it better to use a public defender or get a lawyer for a first time offense ?

    I was arrest almost two weeks ago. I was in my car and had less than 1/2 oz of cannabis on me and lost control of my car (not under the influence ) began to run from the scene then, stopped.I was arrested and charged with 14-224 b3 evade responsib...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Public defenders are lawyers and Connecticut has a very good public defender system. You need a lawyer period. If you cannot afford one, apply for a public defender. If you do not qualify, then hire one.

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  • What happens after Hearing in Damages?

    I have a hearing in Damages on Friday for failure to plead. If the judge finds in my favor and the other party doesnt show up, what happens next? How do I get my money? Is there a deadline for receiving my money? What if the other person never pays?

    Christopher’s Answer

    Assuming judgment is entered in your favor, the judgment will indicate a date for payments to start. You should ask for a weekly payment order so that you can get an execution if the debtor doesn't pay in time.

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  • Can I just sign over the check to please the court now without any further action when you are in default for failure to plead

    Servpro (came in after a house fire to clean, they had to take everything out of the house) is sueing me for a check made out to all parties from the insurance company. I am holding the check cause they damage and lost a lot of property. They are ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    You should do what Atty. Shalvoy said and file an answer to get out of default. Signing over the check won't do anything unless you reach a settlement with the plaintiff. You should contact an attorney. It is possible you could settle the case for less or even pursue a claim of your own, which it sounds like you have based on what you said about damages.

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  • Can I change my plea to assault 3 after entering it and seeing judge?

    Due to extenuating circumstances, I did not feel that I could claim not guilty in light of the arresting officers' interpretation of events and also considering the fact that I was residing with the person who assaulted me and felt I would not be ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Withdrawing a guilty plea is difficult but possible. You should hire an attorney if you don't already have one.

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  • My boyfriend got picked up on 12 warrants

    Hi my boyfriend git picked up on Thursday for 5 1st degree failure to appears and 6 2nd degree failure to appears his original cases were in meriden CT 3 burglary charges in the 3rd degree and larceny and his other cases were in Waterbury CT 2char...

    Christopher’s Answer

    I agree with Atty. Woolf. He is better off spending the money on an attorney and staying in jail to earn credit toward what would likely by a sentence of imprisonment rather than bonding out.

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  • Can my 3rd degree Class A misdemeanor assault charge be dismissed at hearing?

    Hello, my name is Rabindra and I really need some peace of mind. My fiancé's family pressed charges on me today for giving her (fiancé) a black eye ... It was an honest mistake and I beat myself up and cry almost half the day away and feel like I ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Yes, the charges can be dropped or dismissed but it probably won't be your first hearing. You should contact a lawyer.

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  • What is the age of consent in Connecticut?

    I've heard some people say it is 18 and others say it is 16. Which is correct? For example if someone is 16 almost 17 and they are with someone who just turned 21, is that illegal?

    Christopher’s Answer

    I agree with Atty. Woolf. The younger person must actually be 16 no matter what the older person thinks.

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  • What is gonna happen if I keep failing my drug test for my PO ? * This is my first offense and I'm also a juvenile

    I'm a juvenile getting charged with drug paraphernalia. The judge is sentenceing me to go to group THERPHY and to check in with my assigned PO and take a drug test monthly. I keep failing the drug test but I'm am attending the group and doing ever...

    Christopher’s Answer

    If drug testing is ordered by the court, you will have to take and pass the tests. If you fail drug tests and are not yet adjudicated, probation could ask for a Take Into Custody order and if granted by the Court, could take you to detention. If you are on probation, the probation officer could charge a Violation of Probation and ask that you be taken into custody and detained. If you have a drug problem--and if you can't stay clean long enough to pass court-ordered drug tests, then you probably do--you should consider voluntarily entering a treatment program rather than violating your conditions of release and probation.

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  • It's been a month and Marshall still has not served papers, why?

    My lawyer began litigation on May 9th 2016 filing complaint and summons in response to defendants Insurancee carriers refusal to offer fair settlement in a car accident where defendant ran a stop sign totaling my car and causing me severe injurie ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    The marshal has to serve the writ at least 12 days before the return date and it must be returned to court at least 6 days before the return date, so there is still some time. If you are not happy with your attorney, you should consider speaking to another.

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  • I was injured in 2014 in Connecticut. What is the time limit when I can file a lawsuit?

    I obtained a lawyer in Connecticut, but he is slow in filing.

    Christopher’s Answer

    The statute of limitations in personal injury cases is two years.

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