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DUI and the Holidays

Holiday Cheer May Cause Holiday Problems

Don’t Turn Your Holiday into a Nightmare! During the holiday season there’s quite a bit to celebrate and enjoy: office parties, family gatherings, extended happy hours, etc.  These times call for caution and balance. Caution and Balance are Required. Be careful not to enjoy or celebrate too much and get behind the wheel, or you …

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Traffic-Violations

Traffic Violations Can Really Add Up

Though traffic tickets may seem like a nuisance, if not properly addressed, they could greatly affect more than just your commute. In fact, traffic violations can impact your driving record, insurance premiums, and even your ability to maintain your license at all.  If you have a history of speeding tickets and you always pay the …

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DUI Affects Everyone

Everyday DUI Risks

We all try to follow the rules. When going out, we have a designated driver or take a cab, but did you know that even if you haven’t consumed any alcohol or taken illegal drugs, you might still be at risk for a DUI? That’s right! DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence and sometimes …

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Graduation Weekend Caution

As Graduation Approaches, Be Mindful of Drinking & Driving

Graduation is an extremely exciting time of year, and absolutely something to celebrate! Whether you are graduating yourself or your child is moving onto further education, this is an outstanding accomplishment, and something to be proud of. But while you’re celebrating your family’s recent accomplishment, it is important to keep track of your drinking and …

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What to do if your Child Has Been Arrested

If you’re a parent, the most frightening thing that can happen to you is something happening to your child, no matter the age.  Most parents are never prepared to learn that their child has been arrested. They panic and wonder what the next steps should be. Many have questions about their child’s situation and want …

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Hire an experienced criminal defense attorney regarding domestic violence cases

Domestic Violence Cases

Domestic Violence Cases Cause Unforeseen Problems! If arrested for a Domestic Violence (DV) Case, you will be in for several surprises. When someone is arrested for having an argument, physical altercation, or some dispute with a spouse, roommate, child, current or former boyfriend/girlfriend (DV victim), the arrest will be treated as a DV case, which …

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DUI Affects Everyone

Commercial Drivers License DUI

A Commercial Driver’s License Will Create Problems If Charged With DUI! If you have a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL), and you are charged with driving under the influence, you may NOT be able to avoid a criminal record. When someone is arrested for a DUI where there was not a serious accident, and that person…

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Social Media Can Cause Child Pornography Charges!

If your child uses Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or other social media, be sure you know what they’re posting or receiving … as they may be violating child pornography laws! Here are just a few: Connecticut General Statutes Section 53a-196h(a)(1) prevents a 13 to 17-year old child from possessing any child pornography (nude, or partially nude …

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Pre-Arrest Legal Representation is a Must!

Long before you’re arrested you should retain a criminal defense attorney.  If you believe that someone filed a criminal complaint against you, or that the authorities are investigating you, hire a criminal defense attorney immediately! In almost 30 years of practice, I have handled countless criminal cases.  Quite often I learn that my clients met …

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School Resource Officer or Undercover Cop?

If your child is called to the principal’s office because he or she was accused of doing something illegal, be sure they tread carefully. Many school districts have a police officer at each school acting as a “School Resource Officer” or “DARE Officer”. They provide a level of security for the students as well as …

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Have I Been Arrested?

“I wasn’t arrested, I only got a ticket!” If you received a “ticket” charging you with an offense AND ordering you to appear at court, you have been arrested! While it may seem obvious to some, many people are under the mistaken belief that if they’ve been issued a summons WITH A COURT DATE, that …

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What Do I Do If I Am Charged And Arrested With A Criminal Offense!

If you, or your child, are arrested, or charged, for anything, be polite, but careful. If you have been charged with a crime, do not panic. Remain as calm as possible, and be very polite to the police. The police have a difficult job – don’t make it harder for them by behaving rudely. Give …

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Rights Regarding Records of Your Conviction

Are You Eligible To Petition The Court To Erase & Destroy Records Of Your Conviction? “Whenever any person has been convicted of an offense . . . and such offense has been decriminalized subsequent to the date of such conviction,’’ that person may petition the Superior Court for an order of erasure pursuant to General …

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