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James Roger Hardy II

Criminal defense Attorney at Stratford, CT

4.9   177 reviews

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About James

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James R. Hardy II is the Founder and Managing Partner of Hardy Law Group, LLC.

Prior to finding Hardy Law Group in 2012, Attorney Hardy served the residents of the State of Maryland by working for the State’s Attorney Office for Prince George’s County, MD in the Homicide Division. It was there where he helped strengthen the legal justice system by focusing on internal objectives and policies that led to crime rate deterrence and reduction.

Attorney Hardy proudly served his country for eleven years as a military enlisted member in both the U.S. Army and Air Force. He has performed duty at a variety of different locations and has taken the honor of earning the Army Achievement Medal.

Attorney Hardy now brings his legal experience, high ethics and legal knowledge to Hardy Law Group. He has been praised by clients for being thorough, efficient, proactive, knowledgeable and sensitive to client needs.

Attorney Hardy maintains strong ties to the community throughout the Fairfield County and is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on family law issues and bankruptcy topics.

 

Licensed for 11 years
State MD
Status Active
Acquired 2012
Updated 11/29/2022
State CT
Status Suspension
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/28/2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020. See details

Contact James

Hardy Law Group, LLC.
611 Access Road, FL.3
Stratford, CT, 06605
Hartford Office
450 Church Street
Hartford, CT, 06106
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Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  177 customer reviews
Posted by Fred | October 21, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
very pleased
are was there when I needed him no unanswered calls he's the best I recommend him 100%
Posted by Suzanne | September 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer
Look no further.. my only mistake is that I did not hire him sooner. Highly competent, thorough and fair.
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
James was absolutely the best, he took on countless calls. Whenever I reached out to James he was available and worked with me in one of my most challenging times in life. I say that all to say if you want someone that going to see you through Legitation that holds high value to your life speak to James Hardy.
Posted by Robert | August 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Rest assured he will get the job done!
Mr Hardy is a breath of fresh air. He was very helpful in keeping me calm in my DUI case. I was not familiar with the court system and he assured me things would be fine. He took care of everything and I was glad to have him on my side. Things are scary when it is your first offense but all went very smooth and he worked things out to not affect my job or my record. Highly recommend him!
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Posted by Jerry | July 21, 2022
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Excellent Attorney
Attorney James Hardy help me get an absolute pardon for a case I had in NY in 1999 and in 2012. He was great to work with and communication was great.
Posted by Dwayne | July 15, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Absolute dog in the court room!
I live out of state and hired Attorney Hardy for a child custody case I was dealing with. When I spoke to him he never made any promises but said what he would do, and he followed that up with action! Just because I lived out of state that didn’t hinder him from communicating efficiently, and keeping me updated on anything involving the case. He was professional, knowledgeable, kept my mind at ease throughout the almost year and a half long case that ultimately went to trial. When in the court room he surprised me by how thorough and precise he was. He helped me get my son! Attorney Hardy wasn’t like other lawyers I spoke with for a consult, he’s a man of his word and with that comes integrity. Being in Law myself I hold lawyers more accountable then the average person. He exceeded my expectations. If you need a lawyer for child custody I would highly recommend Attorney Hardy!
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Posted by Patricia | July 1, 2022
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Elizabeth Rohback has her A game on
Elizabeth Rohback totally made me feel at ease in an extremely stressful situation. She was very professional and got the job done. I really felt like she listened to me and cared about me as a person not just a client. If I ever need counsel again I would not hesitate to call Attorney James Hardy ll and his team
Posted by Donald evans | June 23, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Job
Gets the job done !!! 100% what ever he say he going to do he does it simple
Posted by Dan | June 1, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Lawyer
I highly recommend James Hardy. I got arrested over a false domestic dispute claim and of course was scared out of my mind. Definitely great customer service and professionalism. I am also very happy that he was able to get all three charges dropped. If I ever (which I hope I don’t) get into any other trouble, James is the one I will call on. Thank you so much for everything!
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Posted by Paige | May 31, 2022
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Would Retain Again
Lawyer James Hardy effectively and professionally communicated with me about what the court was looking for from me. He remained consistent and reassuring with what was going to happen. Hope to never need a lawyer again but if the need arises I would retain again.
Posted by anonymous | May 2, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Easy Going
In this case, James provided a listening ear to understand the dynamics of the situation. I’d say the charges were dramatic at best, and proved so, when up against Mr. Hardy’s understanding and diligence. I’m satisfied with the results and happy it’s all behind me.
Posted by Mortimer | April 27, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Honest Lawyer
This should go with out saying, I lawyer should be forthright and transparent, this was not my experience with Ct lawyers. I called well over 100 lawyers. Attorney Hardy said what he was going to do, how he was going to do it, and most important accomplished it. I was an out of state resident with very old tickets and was able to resolve it! He should be be the first attorney you call in the state of Ct , if you have the same issue. Period.
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Posted by James | April 13, 2022
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DUI attorney
James Hardy was a vital asset to get my case dismissed.Through every step of the way Mr. Hardy was professional and assuring to the needs of my case, he was punctual and overall a really great guy.
Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Best and most professional and compassionate lawyer I have ever met . When I first contacted him he immediately got back to me . I never had anything to worry about after I have met him . I have also recommended him to my brother and friends . He’s the best
Posted by Manoj | March 24, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
A life savior!!
I was charged with few criminal offenses which I never heard in my lifetime before. Because I was on work permit and I was not sure on the next steps. This arrest made my employer to suspend me. So, I was in the situation where I have neither my family members support who were in different country nor my employer's support who brought me to USA. Initially I thought of appearing myself for my case because of my financial situation and few other reasons at that time. After many advices, I found no other way rather than hiring an attorney for me to save my life. I understood that it is more important to hire an attorney who can understand my situation, who can position himself in my situation and most importantly, he should be more trustable. After a huge search, I found a great human being who much cares about you and your situation which I haven't seen in any of the attorneys whom I have consulted before meeting Mr.Hardy. He is such a life savior and trust me, he will not make you to feel regret for choosing him at any cause. After my initial meeting with Mr.Hardy, he immediately worked out a strategy for the case and just as important worked out a payment plan that fit my budget. He knows what to do, explained me the next process very thoroughly and possible outcomes of the case. I left his office with a peaceful mind on that day and I got my hope back. More than being a representative of my case, he provided me a feeling like he is one of my family members. He got me the best possible result for my case. He was there for me and sure he will be there for you too. I strongly and highly recommend him for anyone who is facing criminal charges.
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Posted by Paul | January 27, 2022
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Attorney Hardy Gets It Done!
This was my first time working with Attorney James Hardy and was very pleased that he was able to get my criminal domestic case dismissed. He knows the local rule of law well and is a very personable and approachable person to speak with and work with and I feel he will give you his honest legal advice and personal opinion on what he feels he will be able to do for you regarding your case and specific circumstances, which is what he did for me and my case. Every time I appeared at court Mr. Hardy had several other clients in addition to myself and from what I saw each of them (including myself) was given very fair and honest legal counsel in a strait-forward but compassionate manner and Mr. Hardy and his advice seemed to be well received all around (again, based on my opinion of what I saw). Let's be honest, if your caught red-handed and the evidence has you dead-to-rights with a file of prior cases that's 6 inches thick, there is probably no lawyer in the world that is going to get your charges dropped or your case dismissed (you know who you are, or at least you should)... However, I feel that Mr. Hardy will advocate for you and your case in the best manner possible regardless of the circumstances involved, and with no judgement on his end (again based on my experience in being represented by Mr. Hardy and his legal group). I believe Mr. Hardy's vast experience which he has amassed throughout his career (and the very large amount of cases and clients he has taken and continues to take on, [which I looked-up while doing my own due-diligence prior to hiring Mr. Hardy]) has allowed him to earn a great deal of respect and good rapport with many and probably most of the prosecutors in this state (Connecticut) and allows him to give a fair and honest legal assessment of what he will be able to do for you in regards to your case and all the behind-the-scenes nuances that surround it. I would definitely hire Mr. Hardy again, but hope he will understand when I say I hope I never have to. Thank you again Mr. Hardy!
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Posted by Shawn Golding | January 21, 2022
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Rockville
James helped me with two of my cases and everything worked out great!! Definitely recommendable, he beat 2 of my cases in Rockville. Always there and understandable!
Posted by Jim | January 21, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
His work speaks for itself.
James is a true professional. He catered to my ignorance of the process, walked me through each step, and further he saved my case frankly after I made a significant timing mistake and missed a court date. I could not recommend James any higher.. thank you again.
Posted by Leo | January 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
This is the attorney you want.
The reviews don't lie, Mr hardy does what he says he's going to do. I had a case that lasted a year because of covid, and every time I called to ask Mr hardy questions he always gave me all the time to explain, I'm an over thinker so I asked a million questions, he was patient and explained in detail everything to me, he told me in the beginning he was really positive my case would be thrown out and that's exactly how it went. He was very upfront and kept it real with how things were going to go, definitely worth having him as an attorney.
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Posted by Brandon | January 7, 2022
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Criminal Charge
I would recommend Mr. Hardy to anyone! He was reliable and fought hard to get a positive outcome in my case. I was facing a misdemeanor and a felony charge that carried a minimum mandatory one year incarceration period. Mr. Hardy was able to get both charges dropped. He worked with my hectic work schedule and being a nonresident he stayed in contact with updates throughout the whole case. Any other outcome would have stripped me of my second amendment rights and for that I am forever grateful for all his hard work and determination.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 75 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.0 (Very Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020.

Reprimand issued in CT, 2020
updated on 07/07/2020

A reprimand is an order from the Statewide Grievance Committee after it has found that an attorney has engaged in ethical misconduct. If an attorney receives more than 3 reprimands in 5 years, a presentment must be filed against the attorney so the Superior Court can decide if more serious discipline should be ordered.

Reprimand issued in CT, 2018
updated on 01/08/2020

A reprimand is an order from the Statewide Grievance Committee after it has found that an attorney has engaged in ethical misconduct. If an attorney receives more than 3 reprimands in 5 years, a presentment must be filed against the attorney so the Superior Court can decide if more serious discipline should be ordered.

James's comment: “Unfortunately, my office needed to seek outside assistance of counsel in helping a client file an appeal regarding a CP matter. I took the role of assisting this mother of two, who's children were removed from her care by the DOCF. Though doing my best to assist the client in filing the appeal, it was not filed in a timely manner and with that I take sole responsibility. These consequences are not something that interfere with or reflect on my ability to represent my clients at the highest level”

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Hardy Law Group, LLC.
  • 2010 - Present
  • Staff Attorney
  • Office Of The State's Attorney For Prince George's County
  • 2011 - 2012

Education

  • University of Massachusetts School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Salisbury University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Legal Cases

  • State vs. Ernie Newton
  • State vs. Matthew Mills

Associations

  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Executive Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Fairfield County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Afford-A-Bail Inc, Criminal Defense Clinic
  • Director
  • 2014 - Present
  • New Haven County Bar Foundation
  • Executive Committee
  • 2013 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2020
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2018
  • Rising 40 Under 40
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018
  • National Trial Lawyers Association Award
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Legal Counsel
  • 2018
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Nolo
  • Featured Lawyer
  • 2016
  • Achievement Medal
  • U.S. Army
  • 2004
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Publications

  • The Trial Tax
  • The Trial Tax
  • 2016

Speaking Engagements

  • A New America
  • Changes in Bail Reform
  • 2018
  • Bail Association Conference
  • Criminal Procedure Practice
  • 2016
  • Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association
  • Cell Towers & Pinging
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (7)
Endorse James
Unknown Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An excellent lawyer who treats clients with patience, care, understanding, and utmost professionalism - an even better person and I wholeheartedly recommend for future services."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, James is a great DUI lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Attorney Hardy is a hardworking advocate for his clients and is able to successfully defend and navigate difficult cases to a positive resolution. James will go above and beyond the normal duties of the average attorney to take care of his clients needs. I endorse this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"James is a compassionate and skilled litigator who cares about each and every one of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Hardy is a talented and brillant lawyer. Full of integrity, passionate about the law and dedicated to his clients and colleagues. He holds our legal community to a higher standard. I endorse this attorney."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Hardy in the area of family law litigation generally."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer because he is a consummate professional, very knowledgeable, and has a passion for the practice of law. He has my complete trust and I look forward to my next opportunity to work with him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Atty. Hardy is both a friend and colleague. I had the pleasure of trying a case with him. Fortunately we were on the same side and won the case. He is a sharp and aggressive advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James has a great grasp of the issues and is able to negotiate favorable deals with prosecutors. He is very sharp when on trial and has a good knowledge of court room procedures."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Stratford Criminal defense Lawyer James Roger Hardy II
James Roger Hardy II
Criminal defense Attorney
Stratford, CT
Licensed for 11 years
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This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2020. See details