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Q: Can you explain a citizen's arrest, and can you be charged with resisting a citizen's arrest?
Tsion Abate Chudnovsky
Tsion Abate Chudnovsky answered on Jul 28, 2020

WHAT IS A CITIZEN'S ARREST?

Private individuals have the authority to make a "citizen's arrest" to detain someone they reasonably suspect of committing a felony crime. The crime does not need to occur in their presence as long as a felony was actually committed by the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Cannabis & Marijuana Law for Connecticut on
Q: Charged with pos. of <1/2oz cannabis in CT and was given a nolo contendre. Do I have to report this on an application?

Application is for US Patent Bar. Question states: "Have you ever been arrested, charged, or held by Federal, State, or other law enforcement authorities for any violation of any Federal or State law, or any country or municipal law, regulation, or ordinance? If YES, provide a detailed... Read more »

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Jun 8, 2020

YES you have to report it. Lying on an application to a bar is an offense worse than possession of marijuana - be truthful and consult an attorney who works on bar applications

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Connecticut on
Q: 14-223(b), 14-224, 532-117, 14-2136, 14-36(2) Bond is 70$. What are the charges?

Past criminal history is just one larceny charge for petty theft i have to go to court for probation soon and the larceny charge will be taken care of before the motor vehicle charge

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on May 31, 2020

Apparently the allegations are that you left the scene of a motor vehicle accident; disobeying the signal of an officer; criminal mischief; operation without insurance and driving without a license or registration. Given that you have a prior criminal record and are not eligible for a diversionary... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Connecticut on
Q: Charged with 14-223(b), 14-224, 532-117, 14-2136, 14-36(2) Bond is 70$

What are the charges for this and how can i get rid of them

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on May 31, 2020

It seems that you had a major motor vehicle incident. Without more facts and information about your criminal history, it would be hard to give you specific advice. I would suggest that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney for a free consultation to get some answers

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Q: would a 18 year old girl get in trouble fighting a 15 year old girl for the 15 year old hitting her first?
Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on May 26, 2020

Self-defense is always a viable defense to an assault but it has limitations. Your response must be limited to defend yourself with the minimal degree of force needed. Also, you have a duty to retreat under certain circumstances. Without more details of your situation it would be difficult to... Read more »

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Q: I'm being fasley accused by minor

Said minor came clean afther lieing to three different people that I had touched her to her School to cops to family dcf keep continuing their investigation my name has yet to be cleared even tho said minor has come clean stating that I never touched her and that she lied

Joseph Maya
Joseph Maya answered on Apr 21, 2020

A charge of sexual molestation or unwanted sexual contact of any kind is perhaps one of the most damaging criminal allegations in our legal system, not just because of the weight of the charge and the potential penalties, but also because of the stigma associated with the mere hint of an... Read more »

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Q: Is it legal for a store to put a picture of me on the wall for shoplifting for the general public to see

Even if the courts dismissed it

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Feb 5, 2020

Are you saying that you were arrested for shoplifting in Connecticut could the store you were arrested in post a mug shot of you in the store after your case was dismissed? Generally, if your case is dismissed in Connecticut by operation of our erasure statute you are deemed to have never been... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Civil Litigation for Connecticut on
Q: Can a person under arrest for murder and who attempted suicide, now in hospital in critical, prolong the stay there inde

This is about the case of Fotis Dulos who is under arrest for the murder of his estranged wife Jennifer Dulos, and also under strict house arrest, and who attempted suicide yesterday and is now in critical condition in a NY hospital. He had just found out his $6 million bail would probably be... Read more »

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Jan 29, 2020

Assuming is bond is revoked he would be held under guard at a hospital until well enough to transfer to a Correctional Center

There he could continue to receive medical treatment

A twist is that since he was taken to NY for treatment he would have to waive extradition back to CT...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Q: Assault third and breach of peace in the second degree, want to plead self defense but the state prosecutor does not see

I was arrested on December 29th 2019 for assault on the third degree. I was attacked first, and held "hostage" in the room, and would like to plead not guilty / self-defense but the state of Connecticut does not seem to recognize it, every time I have seen a case regarding self - defense.... Read more »

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Jan 20, 2020

You can always plead self defense if you take your case to trial. However, I would advise you to explore other alternatives first such as diversionary programs such as family violence education program for domestic violence matters; the supervised diversionary program or the accelerated... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Q: What does it mean to be violating probation with conditional discharge?
Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Jan 12, 2020

A conditional discharge is not probation. Generally it means that your sentence is suspended and you are not on probation unless you violate a condition of the "conditional discharge." In most cases the condition would be - don't get arrested for any crimes. However, the Court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Connecticut on
Q: placed a firearm on toilet paper dispenser in a restroom, was rushed out and forgot it. charged with 53a-64

ive been a pistol permit holder for almost 4 years and have a spotless record.

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Jan 7, 2020

I have had a lot of clients arrested for the same offense. As a firearms owner the obligation is on you to not leave it in any place where it can be easily accessed by others. You have options to have this case dismissed through a diversionary program. Call for a free consultation

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Q: Whats a lesser charge of witness tampering?

I have been accused by a liar who is trying to lay her blame on me. The police Detective who spoke to me after speaking to her was hostile. He made no attempt to hide it and accused me of lieing

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Nov 22, 2019

I have some great advice for you. 1. Do not speak to any Detectives - the Police are not looking to make friends. Remain silent. 2. Find a criminal defense attorney who offers free consultations and review your situation in detail and get some specific advice on how to proceed

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Connecticut on
Q: if i sexted a girl before the age 18 and then turnt 18 before her parents found out, can i get in trouble if i stopped?

I turned 18 before her parents found out but we stopped long before then. However, she is not 18 yet.

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Nov 19, 2019

To answer your question would depend upon exactly how old the girl was when you were "sexting" her and how old you were at the time. For example if the girl was 15 years old at the time and you were 21 you would be charged with risk of injury to a minor. I think you would seek the... Read more »

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Q: Arrested for shoplifting Oct 12 promise to appear Oct 16..no finger printing jail etc...the AMT is for $167 1st time

Suffering from PTSD bipolar social anxiety severe depression and inability to sleep... Have a hard time leaving house without someone with me...on disability and food stamps...also have service dog...was calm during the talk... I was so disconnected emotionally to the point of being present but... Read more »

Max Lavit Rosenberg
Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Nov 4, 2019

You can either hire an experienced attorney to speak on your behalf and take care of the matter or you can speak with the state’s attorney before the hearing and explain your situation (Succinctly) and offer to do community service and ask for a withdrawal or nolly of the matter. Don’t panic.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Q: Do I automatically have to go to prison being a convicted felon caught with a gun

Magazine with more than 10 rounds

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Nov 3, 2019

53a-217 sets forth the penalty for possession of a firearm or ammunition by a felon is a class C felony with a two year mandatory minimum jail sentence. I would suggest that you seek the services of a qualified criminal defense counsel for a free initial consultation to see if there are any... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Juvenile Law for Connecticut on
Q: If a 16 year old went into a Walgreens and demanded money while holding a 3.5 inch pocket knife, what degree of robbery?

what degree of robbery would this be? 1,2,3? Nobody was hurt at all and this happened in CT.

Max Lavit Rosenberg
Max Lavit Rosenberg answered on Oct 25, 2019

First degree robbery.

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Q: I have a violation of probation for not paying my restitution my probation ends in 2 weeks I've been on for 3 years now.

Will I get a bond?

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Oct 5, 2019

Will you get a bond? Yes you will. In some cases I have been able to defend these kind of probation violation cases were clients have good reasons for not paying restitution, e.g. (health, inability to find employment, etc) You should obtain a free consultation with an experienced criminal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Business Law for Connecticut on
Q: How is the convienience store next door to me getting away with selling single cigarettes all day long?

1320 Whalley ave New Haven CT 06515

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Oct 4, 2019

Many people throughout society violate laws and regulations. Law enforcement has only so many resources. The sale of loose cigarettes is illegal under federal law and can subject the store to severe monetary penalties

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Q: If a person is charged with a drug offense while on special parole in CT does the special parole override the conviction

Charged with a possession of narcotics and offered two years but still have 11 months left on special parole.

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Sep 25, 2019

I would suggest that you consult with your lawyer who is negotiating the plea deal on the drug case concerning the ramifications of the time you owe on special parole. In my experience the Commissioner of Corrections has handled the time owed differently over the many cases I have handled... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Connecticut on
Q: Wife received a shoplifting misdemeanor summons with a retail value of 30.00 +/-, first time, age 64 in Connecticut.

Not sure if we should hire a lawyer / and or she will plead guilty or not. Claims it was not intentional, but an oversight. As usual she put refrigerated products in her own shopping bag, (two items), and mistakenly did not hand it to the cashier and was confronted at the exit. But most... Read more »

Allan F. Friedman
Allan F. Friedman answered on Sep 24, 2019

You should consult with an Attorney - do NOT plead guilty. There are several ways to avoid a criminal conviction for larceny. Good people make mistakes all the time. Get sound legal advice and minimize the consequences

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