Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to frequent questions that we receive, along with some helpful information.

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Q: The police have called me and told me that there is a warrant for my arrest. What should I do?

In some instances, the best thing to do is go straight down to the police station,submit to arrest, and post the bond immediately. This can be done with a straight cash payment or through a bail bondsperson. In many instances, it is actually better to make arrangements with the police to turn yourself in at 6:30 a.m. on a specific morning, and then be brought to the Courthouse which issued the warrant. In that circumstance, your lawyer will have an opportunity to argue your bond amount before a Judge, and in most cases, the bond will be dramatically lowered. Knowing which path to take depends on your attorney's knowledge of the various courthouses, and the different Judges who will be hearing your bond argument. Some Judges will actually INCREASE bonds after an arraignment. YOU MUST KNOW who you are going to be appearing in front of, the type of case, and the likely outcome of not simply posting the originally set bond. At Soulsby & Levin, we routinely appear in every court throughout Connecticut. We know the Judges who will be sitting on arraignments, and can help you make the decision as to which way to handle this situation.

Q: How do I know if a creditor or debt collector is violating my rights?

Please view "Debt Collector and Creditor Harassment" under the Practice Areas to view common FDCPA violations.

Q: Who will know about my bankruptcy filing?

A bankruptcy filing is a public record. However, no one outside of your creditors or investigating attorneys is likely to find out. When you file for bankruptcy, your name is entered into a database, which can only be viewed by those who have a PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) account. There are fees for accessing this information, therefore, unless someone is specifically looking into you for this reason, your personal decisions are likely to remain personal.

Q: I’ve been arrested for DWI. It’s my first time, and I’m wondering if I really need an attorney. If I do hire a lawyer, what is it going to cost?

If you have no prior record of arrest for DWI, (anywhere), then you are eligible in Connecticut for what is known as the Alcohol Education Program, (AEP).  Generally, that program is going to cost you either $550 or $700 at the Courthouse. As long as there is no accident involved, and no one has been injured, you can go to court on your own, and the Prosecutor will point you in the right direction. You will EVENTUALLY be granted the AEP, and you can earn a dismissal of the charge by attending classes, going to a MADD Victim Impact Panel and staying out of any further trouble for a year. This does NOT however address the issue of your loss of license at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or the issues involved in obtaining a work/education permit.  An experienced attorney will be able to not only get you through your appearances at the Courthouse in a much timely fashion,but will also be able to conduct a hearing at the DMV where you MAY be able to save your driving privileges, and avoid having an alcohol related suspension go against your license. Procedurally, you are NOT going to be able to handle the DMV hearing on your own. Most practicing lawyers don’t know what to look for in the police reports, and what evidence the various hearing officers will be willing to consider in arguing for a license restoration.  At Soulsby & Levin, we handle as many as fifty hearings a year before the Per Se Unit at the DMV.  While there are never any guaranties, we have one of the best records on license restoration of any firm in Connecticut.  Defense lawyers in today’s economy will charge anywhere between $500 and $2,500 to take on a first-time DWI.  To know whether you are spending your money wisely, ask your attorney about his or her experience before the Per Se Unit, and what their track record on license restoration has been.  At Soulsby & Levin, we generally charge $1,500 for this work.  This fee can change depending on the circumstances of your particular arrest, (accident, roadblock, etc.), but that is our standard fee for a true first offense.

Q: Is there still hope if I admitted to drinking or tested over the limit?

Yes there is! We have prevented the license suspension for those who have done both. At Soulsby & Levin, we have one of the best records for license restoration of any law firm in Connecticut. Call us for a free consultation so that we can evaluate your case and fight for your right to drive your automobile.

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Q: What counties/courthouses are you able to appear in?

Our attorneys are admitted to all appear in ALL state and federal courts throughout Connecticut. Our offices are centrally located in Hartford County to facilitate our frequent appearances there, as well as those in Middlesex County, New London County, & Tolland County.