On August 7, our client was suddenly arrested at his home in Florida where he had lived with his wife for the last 30 years. Turns out, when he was a young man, he had taken to the drink and committed a series of petty crimes, enough though to land a 7 ½ year prison sentence. He cleaned up well in jail and was scheduled for release after about 3 years. He was granted an alcohol rehabilitation program just prior to release. After 6 weeks of rehab, with 3 weeks to his parole release date, he left Connecticut and went to Florida. That was in 1983.
Thirty years later, Connecticut found him. He had not hidden. He had paid Connecticut child support. He worked consistently and filed income tax returns every year. He even bought a home.
He hired us. We were unable to stop the extradition and on August 22nd he was returned to Connecticut. He owed the state “4 years”, the parole officer told Attorney Gale.
We immediately filed a Motion to Modify his Sentence, asking the court to reduce his sentence to time served and release him from custody.
Attorney Derek Poirier constructed a masterful argument. The prosecutor and court agreed.
On August 28th the judge signed an order of release and he was with his family that evening, 6 days after landing in Connecticut.
Not everyday that we as attorneys have such great success, but certainly gratifying when you do.