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Patrick G Hughes

Patrick Hughes’s Answers

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  • What should we put as the reason to have the motion to reopened?

    My son's license is going to be suspended on 8/24/16 because he completed the operator retraining program 11/15/14 and had a cell phone ticket which he sent payment in for rather than going to court. We received the suspension letter and I found ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    He should go to the clerk's office and see if he can simply re-open the file and get a new court date. This can often be done by paying a $60.00. If he needs to respond substantively, he should be upfront about why he missed his court date.

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  • I got my First ever 2nd degree misdemeanor for breach of Peace What the worst that could happen? I have no criminal Record.

    A couple days ago I was hanging out with some friends at this kids house. Me and the kid don't get along well. We all went to a lake to go swimming but I was nervous and the kid was making fun of me and saying that if i don't jump in he will throw...

    Patrick’s Answer

    You should be fine. First, the prosecutor has discretion as whether to pursue the charges. If he or she does choose to prosecute, Connecticut has diversionary programs that are designed for people in your situation to allow them to keep their criminal record clean. Speak to an attorney in your area to discuss your options.

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  • Was arrested for DV in Ct. My girlfriend was also changed with DV. A no contact protection order issued against both of us b.

    Since I cannot afford and attorney or public defender. I spoke the the state attorney. First I asked for charges be dropped or dismissed, he would not stating l have been arrested five times for DV. That floored me I have never been arrested for ...

    Patrick’s Answer

    The State's attorney may be offering to enter a "nolle" in your case. What that means, is that they are not going to prosecute you for this alleged offense and are going to essentially put the file on a shelf for 13 months. If you do not get in any trouble, the State will dismiss the case. If you do, the State can reinstate the charge as well as pursuing the new arrest.

    If this is the case, you may want to ask the State for a dismissal in exchange for your stipulating to probable cause for the arrest.

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  • What can I do to prevent going to jail. I just found out I have a bench warrant for failure to appear.

    I had a fight with my sister and was arrested and charged with threatening, assault 3rd, criminal trespassing and another charge which is a misdemeanor. How much jail time will I be doing? Should I get a lawyet or a public defender? I really do no...

    Patrick’s Answer

    First off, you should be okay if you do not have any prior convictions. If that is the case, you should be eligible for a diversionary program, which if you comply with the Court's orders, will result in a dismissal. If you are not eligible, you may still be able to avoid jail. I do agree that you need to consult an attorney.

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  • Do I have a case against the seller for non-disclosure

    I recently purchased a house. On the disclosure form, on the line item pertaining to water in the basement, the seller indicated that they experienced "dampness" once back in 2007. Not before or since. The house is 34 years old and the seller wa...

    Patrick’s Answer

    You should contact the attorney who represented you in the purchase of your home!

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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...

    Patrick’s Answer

    I think hiring an attorney is a very personal decision. If you qualify for a public defender you should explore that representation; I believe you will be well represented. If you do not feel comfortable with the attorney assigned or if you do not qualify, you have every right to seek private counsel. At the end of the day, you need to have faith in the attorney representing you.

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  • I need to know my best defense against an assault charge in Connecticut

    I came home with my wife and daughter and my landlord was in my house. I confronted him about being in the house without notice and it wasn't the first time. The argument got heated. My landlord pushed me and I beat him up. I called the police. P...

    Patrick’s Answer

    You have a couple of potential defenses to pursue based on this limited fact pattern, but if non of those prove viable, you may be able to avail yourself of one of Connecticut's diversionary programs for those without prior convictions. You should weigh all of your options carefully before disposing of this matter.

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  • Will i get arrested if im being falsely accused of being a drug dealer ?

    I'm being falsly accused of being a drug dealer will i be arrested just based on someone else's word ?

    Patrick’s Answer

    Your question is a bit vague, but I understand that. First off, why do you think you are being accused, if it is a warrant, then it means that a judge found it more likely than not that you are doing what the police officer put in his warrant. If it is just rumors, do not go speak with the police because they are just looking to fill in the gaps in their investigation.

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  • Was there a duty to retreat for the family member who was in his car, claiming he got out to defend himself?

    My family is exiting a courthouse, they are there to get a restraining order against another family member. As they are walking to their car they/we hear someone screaming profanities from a car no one recognizes (turned out its a rental) My mothe...

    Patrick’s Answer

    The concept of duty to retreat deals mainly with self-defense. For example, in CT there is the Castle doctrine which deals with when someone uses deadly force to protect their home. Here, I think the doctrine does not apply and you have police officers using their judgment at the scene.

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  • How to get off special parole?

    Got arrested at 16yrs old, 25 now . On special parole until 2029

    Patrick’s Answer

    I agree that you would need to move for a sentence modification, but that would be an uphill battle. When the Court sentenced you it calculated the special parole in lieu of incarceration. You should contact your PO and discuss your options.

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