It was just a few years ago when Connecticut teenagers, college students and Deadheads were high-fiving each other when news that certain amounts of marijuana possession in Connecticut would be decriminalized. The problem is that no one read the fine print. Now, the best Connecticut marijuana possession lawyers are getting flooded with calls from parents and teenagers who are experiencing the consequences of mailing in a guilty plea by mail to Stamford, Greenwich and Darien Connecticut marijuana possession CGS 21a-279a tickets. Usually the problem arises because the teenager does not want his or her parents to find out about the ticket so they pay the fine without telling their parents. Or, the parents pay the fine, neither knowing nor appreciating the consequences of pleading guilty by mail to marijuana tickets or speeding tickets. (What parents should do is fight the marijuana possession ticket – click here for more info). Regardless of how it happened, what matters is that these guilty pleas by mail not only result in a mandatory driver’s license suspension in certain circumstances, but even worse, the marijuana possession conviction remains on a person’s employment background check forever. Similarly, people who are checking the guilty box and mailing in their Stamford and Greenwich Connecticut speeding tickets are not realizing what a headache and blemish it is to their driving record and insurance premiums when they find out their Connecticut driver’s license is getting suspended.
So can anything be done to reverse your Connecticut guilty plea by mail to marijuana and speeding tickets? Can you actually put the genie back in the bottle? Yup. Here’s how to get started…
Many people cannot understand how they got their Connecticut driver’s license suspended when they pled guilty by mail in Stamford, New Canaan, Ridgefield or Greenwich Connecticut to Speeding or Marijuana Possession. They tell their top Connecticut criminal lawyers that the back of the ticket explicitly said that no points will be assessed, yet they cannot figure out how their license was still suspended. (Follow this link to learn how to actually fight your Greenwich or Stamford Connecticut Speeding ticket).
Here’s the thing—while no points will be assessed when you plead “nolo contendre” or “no contest,” your Connecticut guilty plea by mail is still treated as a conviction with DMV, and if you have too many convictions over a period of time, or if you are 16 or 17 years old and plead guilty in Stamford, Darien, New Canaan, Greenwich or Westport, then your license can still be suspended by the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles. (Follow this link for a discussion of how Connecticut traffic laws are much tougher on 16 and 17 year old Connecticut drivers). As the best Stamford and Darien speeding ticket lawyers would agree, the language on the back of your Connecticut Speeding infraction tickets and Connecticut marijuana tickets can be misleading…it can seriously hurt your driving record, sometimes resulting in a lengthy suspension. So contact a top Connecticut Speeding lawyer or top Connecticut Marijuana Possession criminal lawyer attorney before you check the “guilty” box. A quick phone call can save you a lot of time, aggravation, and most importantly, save you money.
As any of the top Stamford Connecticut speeding ticket lawyers and top Stamford Connecticut marijuana possession criminal lawyers would advise, you need to gather all of the paperwork and payment information related to your guilty pleas. In all likelihood, you checked the “guilty” box on your ticket and paid the fine, either by mail or over the internet. Whichever the case, get a copy of the cashed check or internet credit card receipt, as you likely followed the instruction to write the ticket number on the check, or you typed in the ticket number into the Connecticut infractions website. Your top New Canaan or Wilton Connecticut marijuana possession lawyer will need that information to file a motion to re-open your infraction case and ask the court to vacate your guilty plea. Do not worry if you cannot locate this information, as usually your Stamford criminal lawyer can find it, but this will take more time, and can delay the process of restoring your license and reversing your guilty plea by mail to marijuana possession or speeding. An additional document that will be very helpful is written proof that your Connecticut driver’s license has been suspended or that your Connecticut marijuana possession conviction is coming up on employment background checks.
While the heart of the legal arguments offered by your top New Canaan or Greenwich Connecticut marijuana possession criminal lawyer or your top Stamford Connecticut speeding ticket attorney lawyer will be grounded in constitutional due process theories, one additional factor that courts consider is the impact that these guilty pleas will have on your professional or educational futures. Is the marijuana infraction causing problems in your employment search? Has it affected your ability to get into college or graduate school? Did you even know that pleading guilty to CGS 21a-279a marijuana possession would permanently show up on background checks? The best Stamford and Danbury Connecticut criminal attorneys who regularly reverse marijuana infraction guilty pleas by mail know that all of these considerations come into play when your lawyer is standing before the judge, arguing a motion to reopen and reverse your guilty plea by mail. So make sure your top Connecticut criminal lawyer attorney has your resume and solid, meaningful reference letters available to them during your court hearing. It could make the difference in having your record cleaned of these Connecticut marijuana and speeding ticket infraction convictions.
As you can see, it is very possible to get your guilty pleas by mail to Connecticut Marijuana Possession 21a-279a tickets and 14-219 Connecticut Speeding tickets reopened, reversed and dismissed. Our results speak for themselves. The Marijuana Possession criminal lawyer and Speeding Ticket attorneys and lawyers at Mark Sherman Law have successfully reversed 98% of all tickets for which it has moved the Superior Court to reopen. So if you are looking to reverse your Connecticut guilty plea by mail or internet for marijuana possession, speeding, or any other infraction charge, contact one of the criminal lawyers at Mark Sherman Law today. We are available 24/7 to take your call at (203) 358-4700.