Attorney Ferry brings Wim Hof Method to Ferry Law

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Attorney Ferry has expanded his training for trial work by certifying in a mindfulness program that increases focus and attention and creates clear thinking all while acting as a shield to stress brought on by the conflict inherently involved in pursuing litigation against an opponent.   The WHM is a powerful tool to combat stress and inflammation in the body and brain caused by stress and clients at Ferry Law are exposed to and offered mindfulness teachings as part of Ferry Law’s commitment to help our clients heal faster from their injuries and feel better.

Renowned  Scientist issues Dire Warning about Covid Vaccine in children

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by Robert W. Malone MD, MS

My wife, Jill used to work at the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park for the research unit called CRES (The Center for Research on Endangered Species) in the late 1980s. She did primary behavior research on mother-infant dyads, both as an intern and later as an employee. In particular, she was involved in behavioral studies involving Lion-tailed macaques, which are an endangered species of monkey from India. The purpose of the research was to find ways to increase the emotional well being of the animals, as some of these monkeys have significant issues breeding in captivity.

There was one mother named Polly and her infant daughter Dewa which were particularly interesting. Polly would let her infant girl nurse for a while and when she was tired of it, she would pull her off her nipple and literally hold Dewa’s head to the concrete floor for about 30 seconds. Dewa would scream and chitter – with her little arms and legs flaying around. Then Polly would suddenly let her go and the infant would run screaming away from her. It was horrifying to watch.

Jill observed this pair through infancy. She continued to observe as Dewa grew up and had an infant son of her own. One day, when the little boy monkey was quite small, Dewa got tired of the baby nursing. She literally pulled him off and held him firmly to the ground as he squirmed and screamed- just as her mother had done to her.

The effects of abuse, neglect and harms done to children can and will pass through generations. Often, these long-term effects on the person are unknown until the person is grown up and has children of their own.

Our children are our future. They must be protected from heavy handed, ineffective policies that marginally protect adults over the well being of our more precious asset. Our children. Let me write it again for emphasis… our children are our future.

I have written and spoken out about vaccine mandates for children and why they are wrong. Children are rarely at risk of severe disease from COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 and almost all deaths of children have been those with co-morbidities. The vaccines have a high adverse event profile in children that has not been fully analyzed. This is reason enough to not allow mandates, even State government or regional school board mandates. But I have not written as much about masks, school closures, and the selfishness of teacher’s unions, who are more interested in protecting themselves than children.

Children are at very little risk from COVID-19 severe disease. Most kids in the USA now have natural immunity, many have been vaccinated, and Omicron is nothing more than a cold for the vast majority of children and adults. Even during Delta, children rarely develop severe COVID-19 disease. They have strong, healthy immune systems. This disease is stratified by age and co-morbidities. We all know this by now. Furthermore, neither masks nor vaccines prevent infection, replication or transmission of the Omicron strain of SARS-CoV-2.

There is no reason to mask children in schools. There is no reason to mask children in shops, restaurants, parks, after school program, etc. There is no reason for children to have plexiglass shields around them in the class room. There is no reason why we need to deny children exercise programs, sports, after school care and physical education. It is time to end social distancing programs and let kids be kids. Children are social beings. Having normal social interactions with other people, with other children is critical to growing up in a healthy environment. Social isolation of children is not ok. Sports, after school program, childcare, recreational activities and extracurricular activities need to return to normalcy.

One important way children learn is by mimicry. Facial expressions of friends, teachers, mentors, parents not only are important for speech development, they are important for children to learn emotional norms and behaviors. We do not know what damage we are doing by masking. At this point, long term effects are unknown.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 unvaccinated children must be treated no differently than any other child. It is not anyone’s business other than the parent’s whether a child is vaccinated for COVID-19 or not. American’s have a fundamental right to privacy and there is no exclusionary clause for people younger than a certain age. Unvaccinated children or unmasked children should not be segregated, shamed or put in special rooms. They should not be excluded from the playground or sports activities. Society, our government, is doing an unprecedented and known amount of damage to the healthy development of our children. This has to stop.

COVID-19 testing of our school children needs to end. Not only is it a medical procedure that is being forced upon children, often without their permission, it is not needed. It is uncomfortable and more than that, it is a violation of their bodies. This is particularly true when schools and other social institutions are forcing this test upon children because of their vaccination status.

As the Biden administration doubles down on masks, testing and vaccines for children, people are waking up. The democrats are creating an army of new republicans and independent families, who are currently and will be voting in the future at the midterms.

That’s a 14-percentage point swing from a nine-point Democratic advantage to a five-point GOP edge, and among the largest advantages the GOP has ever held in Gallup polling.

As we travel around the country, speaking a conferences, churches, summits and rallies, we hear from parents over and over again phrases like this.

“I used to be a democrat, but now I don’t think I will ever be able to vote for a democrat again.”

“ I don’t know what I am anymore.”

“I am questioning everything I use to believe about the democratic party”

The science is very clear on our children. The data is clear. Children need to be allowed to have normal childhoods. Our parents who are paying attention know this.

Our children are our most precious assets.

If you doubt what I am saying, then Listen to their stories.

And then listen to what a pediatric cardiologist and a pediatric psychiatrist have to say about this.

What we are doing is wrong. It must stop. Now. The damage already done will last for decades.

Open Letter About Democracy and Mindfulness

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by Kevin Ferry

The powerful entities who control the media are afraid of one thing. People coming together. The Defeat the Mandates protest in D.C. was a coming together that has these folks concerned. The efforts to divide and conquer are so blatant now that even Government is publicly calling for censorship. The acting United States Surgeon General has called for Joe Rogan’s podcast to be censored. Rogan interviews some of the brave doctors and scientist who have been analyzing data and peer reviewed articles from around the world and disseminating the painful failures of government health policies. With 11 million registered to listen to Joe Rogan disseminate scientifically valid information, more than double the numbers watching CNN, the reason couldn’t be clearer. This call for shutting down speech should be frightening the hell out of the group that have the most fire power, the lawyers. Regardless of who you believe, this should frighten all of us and catapult us into action. Immediate, peaceful action.

  Democracy is under attack.  With no due process, a million businesses were shut down when the pandemic first arrived.  With no due process or legislative action or amendment to our constitution our right to assemble, right to our religious freedom, and guaranteed right to jury trial have been subverted.   This may be the biggest test of our Democratic way of life and the strength of our Constitution our Country has every encountered.   The amount of fear being peddled by the media narrative dictating by Corporate and Governmental interest, is causing confusion, poor decision making and assaulting our populations already tenuous state of mental and physical well-being.   Insurance industry statistics reveal an unexplained 40% increase in all mortality deaths since the pandemic in working aged people.   Our children are suffering up to a 20 point decrease in Intelligence Quotient testing because of isolation and mask wearing and fear.   Worse, young children are committing suicide and turning to intoxicants.     The long-term consequences of any policy driven by fear is beyond comprehension for most.  

     Last weekend in Washington D.C., approximately 20 to 30 thousand people gathered peacefully at the steps of the Lincoln memorial to protest the mandates and to protest the corporatization of medicine.    Doctors from all over the country spoke about the stifling impact of corporate dictates that prevent Doctors from being Doctors.   Jew, Christians and Muslim, Doctors, Firefighters, and professional athlete speakers united on the steps to speak of the harms occasioned to their people.  Many recounted the remarkable work of Martin Luther King who stood where they stood to denounce the prevailing laws of the day.   The media, who were perched high above on a platform atop thirty feet of scaffolding were met with chants, “Do your job, do your job”.   Unfortunately, what most of the media did was to ridicule and demonize the event.   Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. gave a passionate speech and paid a heavy price for using an analogy that offended many and led his own family and wife to denounce that part of his speech.  

     I met many people who traveled from the Midwest and further to attend this one-day event.  People from all walks of life and differing political beliefs and affiliation. One engaging person told me that a peaceful protest is more than twice as likely to succeed than a violent one. She also said something I had never heard and found encouraging.   It takes just 3.5% of a population to bring about change.  With just a small fraction of the people in a society actively participating in protest and activism, serious political change is ensured.   

     The disinformation in our media and the Oligarchy that has become our “main stream” media has been delivering Napalm bombs on public discourse, and the exchange any idea that does not swim with the stream.   I have always been amazed and humbled by the power of salmon.   We have all seen the journey salmon make to swim up stream to get to the breeding pools where they die after struggling to bring the next generation to life.   It seems to me we are in such a struggle.   One we owe our children and one we must make to honor our ancestors who traveled across continents on foot, lived outdoors and hunted for food that was also hunting for them.   We have become so soft and so scared that we are easy to manipulate and divide.   The disinformation and wrong information contained in the very powerful stream washing over us constantly is not designed to preserve our culture, or better it.  It is not intended to bring the people together.  It is not a stream of information that has any real compassion or love in it.  Impeccably credentialed scientist and doctors who are caring, hones and risking their careers to swim against the stream are being attacked with smear campaigns.   Oppressor opinions rarely resort to the “science” that proves these people wrong, but instead discredit with innuendo or outright hate speech.    Many are too afraid to realize what is happening and go with the narrative without critical thinking and debate.   They are attached to their version of an island of safety in those beliefs.    I have realized that you cannot tell someone in the steam that it is toxic, you just must show them you care for them and will love them no matter what.   You can point out that there is information available that reveals the dangers in the stream but let them come to that information without explaining it or telling them what it says.   If we loose friendships, distance ourselves from family or are unable to consider all opinions, the oppressor wins every time.   Hate is a sure looser.   

     The powerful entities who control the media are afraid of one thing.   People coming together.   The Defeat the Mandates protest in D.C. was a coming together that has these folks concerned.   The efforts to divide and conquer are so blatant now that even Government is publicly calling for censorship.  The acting United States Surgeon General has called for Joe Rogan’s podcast to be censored.    Rogan interviews some of the brave doctors and scientist who have been analyzing data and peer reviewed articles from around the world and disseminating the painful failures of government health policies.   With 11 million registered to listen to Joe Rogan disseminate scientifically valid information, more than double the numbers watching CNN, the reason couldn’t be clearer.   This call for shutting down speech should be frightening the hell out of the group that have the most fire power, the lawyers.   Regardless of who you believe, this should frighten all of us and catapult us into action.  Immediate, peaceful action.  

     Many of you have heard of Thich Nhat Hanh (Thay-teacher), a Zen Buddhist Monk who died last week at age 95 at his root temple in Vietnam.   He became a monk at age 13 and has been a peace activist his entire life.   Yesterday, at one of the Monasteries he established in the United States, Blue Cliff, I sat in a chair in the cafeteria, facing a wall.   Directly in front of me was a photo of Thich Nhat Hanh and Martin Luther King taken in 1966.   The two spoke out against the Viet Nam war and King nominated Thay for the Noble Peace Prize.   For those interested, King’s letter can be found on the Plum Village web page.  www.plumvillage.org.  As I reflected on the picture and the fact that I had just been to Washington where King’s legacy revealed its might, it occurred to me that no matter your good intentions and desire for change, action is required.  This letter is one of my actions.   Thay taught interbeing, the concept that the idea that there is an “individual self” is an illusion.   We are made up of non-human substances.   Water, Oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen, carbon, calcium and phosphorous primarily.  We are made of the stars and the sun and the elements on earth.  The same applies to anything.  A flower is made of non-flower things. 

     Please consider finding your Buddha nature and take that into the world.  Martin and Thay showed us the way.  It takes courage to speak out with opinions that frighten others or may be unpopular.  If the lawyers, the magician archetype, with our magic language and understanding of the documents that our freedoms rest upon don’t speak up, who will?   Should we speak out against Corporate medical policies that prevent Doctors from being Doctors?   Would it be right to question the shut down of Court’s and lack of will power to quadruple efforts to make up for what the injured and oppressed have lost in the last two years?   Should we think deeply about mandates and what penalties and restrictions not yet designed or implemented may restrict our freedoms in the future.   Would it be wise to consider the right of every person to have the ability to be fully informed and provide consent before agreeing to a foreign substance in their body?   

    Whatever you believe, it seems prudent to consider how Buddhism speaks about two levels of truth:  the level of labels and appearances, often called “conventional truth”, and the deeper level of reality known as “ultimate truth.”   “If we are going to help our society and the planet, we need to wake up to what is going on at both levels of truth” Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen and the Art of Saving the Planet, 2021.   If we learn to do this and teach others, we will find that the only fact check we will ever need is what comes from ultimate truth.   The exact form of knowing that our ancestors used long before any newspaper, radio, tel-a-vision or internet, and the ultimate truth they used to cross the continents on foot, survive outside and hunt for animals that were hunting for them too.  A knowing that rests in interbeing and the courage to put that into action, will change the world.   

Namaste,

Kevin

Attorney Ferry Joins “Defeat the Mandates” March

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Attorney Ferry was in Washington D.C. this weekend with 30,000 other Americans to speak out against Tyranny.  Over the last two years, mandates of all kinds that shut down our schools, closed businesses, took away the constitutional right to a jury trial, forbade the right to assemble and the right to pray were unconstitutional infringements on Liberty.  Specifically, most of these mandates violate the First Amendment.   Mandates are not laws.   A law is issued after public comment and deliberation and vote by Congress and the Senate.

The founding fathers of this country knew that none of the other rights contained in the Bill of Rights meant a thing without the rights given by the First Amendment. “A funny thing happened to the First Amendment on its way to the public forum. According to the Supreme Court, money is now speech and corporations are now people. But when real people without money assemble to express their dissatisfaction with the political consequences of this, they’re treated as public nuisances and evicted.” Robert Reich.   A vaccine mandate is pure fascism.  That mandate is used to prevent you from working, from traveling, from eating and from meeting your friends at shows, restaurants or wherever they decide to shut you out.   They have even talked about denying you medical care if you do not comply!  This is sick.  They will continue to burden us until we demand our freedom.  I will defend our constitution as I represent my clients, with all my might.    You cannot back down to Tyranny.  Even if you think it will all just go away if you accede to some small demands.   

All the love, all the power,

Kevin

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Ferry Law Golf Tournament

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Friday, July 15, 2022

To Benefit Dog Star Rescue

TIMBERLIN GOLF COURSE

330 Southington Road
Berlin, CT 06037

For payments or information call (833) FerryLaw OR register here:

Checks can be made to Dog Star Rescue and mailed to
PO Box 721
Canton, CT 06019

Note: Sponsorships must be paid by check.

9AMREGISTRATION AND COFFEE BAR 

10AMSHOTGUN START–GRILL AT THE TURN 

2:30PMLUNCH & AWARDS

CONTESTS 

  • Hole-in-One
  • Closest to the Line
  • Putting Contest
  • Longest Drive
  • Closest to the Pin
  • Worst dressed
  • Dizzy bat
  • One club only hole

Cost per golfer: $200 
Foursome: $700 
Includes coffee bar, grill at the turn, lunch, golf, and cart. 
To join for lunch only: $50 

Raffle Tickets for Sale at Event: 

10 for $10  or 25 for $20 

Lots of great raffle prizes including a foursome at Timberlin and Pro Shop Credit. 

SPONSORSHIP LEVELS 

ALPHA DOG: $5,000 

  • Golf and meals for four
  • Company banner displayed at tournament
  • Display at registration area
  • Logo on event signage
  • Logo on FerryLaw and Dog Star websites
  • Logo on e-announcements and social media
  • Four (4)$75 Pro Shop Credits
  • 56 Raffle Tickets

HOT DIGGITY DOG: $3,000 

  • Golf and meals for four
  • Logo on event signage
  • Logo on FerryLaw and Dog Star websites
  • Logo on e-announcements and social media
  • Four (4)$25 Pro Shop Credits
  • 40 Raffle Tickets

YOU LET THE DOGS OUT: $1,500 

  • Golf and meals for four
  • Logo on event signage
  • Logo on FerryLaw and Dog Star websites
  • Logo on e-announcements and social media
  • 20 Raffle Tickets

Please submit logos and all information to Melissa@ferrylaw.com by Friday, June 24. 

Additional Sponsorship Opportunites 

  • Putting Green Sponsor–$500 
  • Worst Dressed Golfer Contest Sponsor–$250 
  • Hole Sponsor–$250 
  • Bark Bus Sponsor–$100 

All additional sponsors will receive 10 raffle tickets and logo will appear on sign at the event. Additional sponsorships do not include golf or food. 

Submit logos in .jpeg format to Melissa@ferrylaw.com by Friday, June 24. 

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Healing and wellness program for sexual abuse clients

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Ferry Law believes in providing a path to wellness for all of our clients. Our attorneys recognize that special attention must be paid to finding that path for victims of sexual violence.  Sexual Abuse victims have often locked away the abuse and are forced to suppress the shame, guilt, fear and anger. Emotions are what color our world.    When we are happy and feel safe, the world appears one way, when we are fearful, it appears another.

In Raja Yoga, it is taught that if you walk to streets worried about the money in your pocket, everyone you see will appear as a pick pocket. Conversely, if we see everyone as your teacher or guide, all become our welcoming friend. Sexual abuse of a minor continues to ravage the lives of people in outwardly visible and often inwardly and invisible ways. The path to freedom involves accepting and letting go but that can never be done until the stuck emotions are fully recognized and nurtured. Mental health professionals are helpful as is introspection using techniques like meditation, yoga, tai chi and pranayama (conscious breathing).

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Ferry Law wants to help you become the best version of you possible and the money damages we recover for our clients is only one part of that.  We want to make it right and help you find your inner light. Ferry Law has a wellness program available for all of our clients and wants to help you learn more about the practices that empower people to understand that happiness, health and strength involves learning how to maintain your awareness of the present moment.

Nothing happens in the past and nothing happens in the future.  It happens in the now and now is the time for healing and recovery using ancient proven methods and techniques that empower the individual to find peace and healing from within.  

Ferry Law Installs Little Free Library

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Ferry Law has recently installed a Little Free Library in the garden in front of the office. This library is just one of many little libraries that are popping up all over the world and one of three in New Britain. Check it out here: www.littlefreelibrary.org. We hope that this will be a fun place for folks to stop before or after their walks in the park. The books are free and part of our Wellness Program at Ferry Law.

Visitors to the library are also welcome to share books they might like to pass along to others. There are books for adults and children in the library, so stop by and visit us! We will have a Grand Opening for our little library on Tuesday, September 14, 9:30-11 a.m. All of the attorneys and staff at the office will be available for a “meet and greet” that morning as well. Refreshments will be served. Come and get to know us!

Injured by an uninsured motorist in CT?

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FerryLaw: Auto / Car Accident Attorneys in New Britain, Hartford, Waterbury CT

What is UM/UIM? 

Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage provides benefits to policy holders for bodily injury caused by another driver who left the scene of the accident, has no insurance or does not have enough insurance to adequately cover your losses.

UM/UIM motorist coverage provides benefits to policy holders & passengers for bodily injuries caused by another driver who either: (1) has no insurance; (2) does not have adequate insurance to cover your losses; or (3) left the scene (“hit & run”)

Connecticut law requires that all motor vehicles that operate on its highways have liability insurance of at least $25,000/$50,000 ($25K per person, $50K per accident). In addition, Connecticut General Statutes § 38a-336 requires that all liability insurers provide UM/UIM motorist coverage that is equal to the liability limits the insured purchased. 

Who can UM/UIM potentially cover?

UM/UIM generally covers:

  1. the policy holder who is the named insured; 
  2. passengers in the vehicle insured by the policy; and 
  3. relatives & spouses who lived with the named insured. 

What is Underinsured Motorist Conversion Insurance?

Conversion coverage also provides for reimbursement in case you are injured by an underinsured driver. If your damages exceed the at-fault driver’s insurance, or other payments, your underinsured motorist conversion coverage will be available for damages not paid. This optional coverage is not reduced by payments from any other source, including the at-fault driver’s liability insurance.

Public Act 09-72 also requires an insurer issuing a new automobile policy to inform the policy holder of the availability of underinsured motorist conversion coverage, which can be purchased as additional underinsured motorist coverage.  Unlike traditional UM/UIM coverage, this optional coverage will not be reduced by any other sources of payment like traditional underinsured motorist coverage.

What’s an example of UM/UIM and Conversion Coverage?

Example: You are involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by another driver’s negligence and sustain $400,000 in personal injuries. 

The driver only has a $200,000 policy. You have a $300,000 UM/UIM policy. 

UM/UIM: You would be allowed to recover the $200,000 policy from the at-fault driver and $100,000 of your own UM/UIM policy, which would equal your $300,000 policy limit. 

Conversion:     If you had underinsured conversion coverage of $300,000, conversion coverage would allow you to recover the $200,000 from the at-fault driver AND $200,000 from your own insurance.

Why is UM/UIM Insurance Important? 

A strong UM/UIM policy is critical to protect yourself and your family from under/uninsured motorists or hit & run situations, especially if you drive in highly populated areas with greater traffic. UM/UIM coverage can prevent you from being left in financial ruin if you are injured by another driver who either had no insurance or minimal insurance that’s inadequate to fairly compensate you for harms and losses. 

If you’ve been injured in a car accident by an underinsured/uninsured motorist, contact Ferry Law as soon as possible. 

Maintaining Insurance Coverage in CT

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Maintaining insurance in CT on your automobile is required by law.

See Connecticut General Statutes Section 14-213B. The CT state minimum requirements have increased to 25per person/50per accident. This means in an accident, the total amount available to collect is $50,000.00, with a maximum of $25,000.00 per person. For example, in a car accident where 4 people are injured, the total pot available is $50K, with $25K as the maximum any one person can collect.   

Failure to maintain insurance can carry severe consequences, including, but not limited to criminal penalties, civil fines, as well as having your car impounded or repossessed.

The bottom line is it is the LAW! However, unfortunate as it is, not everyone follows the law. You cannot rely on other people to do what is right and follow the law. That is why it is important for you to maintain insurance on your vehicle. The impacts of not having insurance can be devastating if you or a loved one are involved in an accident and there is no insurance available to compensate you for your harms and losses.  

People often have concerns that their insurance rates will go up if they bring a claim against their own insurance company. However, the impact, if any, on your rates increasing are generally outweighed by the benefit of having coverage available if and when you are injured. Plus, this is what you pay premiums year after year for. If you did a cost-benefits analysis, I just about guarantee that the amount of premiums you have paid into your policy (particularly for policies held 5+ years) far exceed any increase in premium you might see. Plus, most companies have “accident forgiveness” or some other form of vanishing deductible or refund on premiums the longer you go without an accident. 

You could also be benefitting a member of your household by maintaining insurance. This is because of a term known as resident relative, where members of a household can take advantage of a policy in your name while residing in your home. We recently handled a case on behalf of a minor child who was able to collect on her parent’s auto insurance because she resided with them. The driver who struck her was not insured, so she would have been without any recovery had her parents not maintained their own auto insurance.  

You should speak with an auto agent right away to determine the coverage that is best for you. Insurance coverage can be a complex area that is not a “one-size-fits-all” matter. There are also a lot of intricacies involved – ie. Having medical coverage on your policy; electing conversion where your coverages are doubled; or purchasing an umbrella policy. 

Some things to keep in mind when purchasing insurance:  

  1. Maintain at least the state minimum limits (25/50) or higher if you own assets (home, boat, valuable assets), etc. and make sure you make your premium payments to avoid cancellation. 
  2. Make sure your license and registration are up to date! Failure to have a valid license or properly register your vehicle can lead to problems in obtaining insurance.
  3.   Make sure everyone listed in your household who may (or may not) drive is listed on your policy. 
  4. Always keep a copy of your insurance card in your vehicle. After your license and registration, it is the next document a police officer is going to want to see if he stops you and/or you are involved in an accident. 
  5. Always review your policy in full. It is a long lengthy document, but it is an important one that if not reviewed carefully, can lead to confusion and misconceptions down the road.

The CT Insurance Department located at https://portal.ct.gov/cid, can provide some useful information on coverage requirements and your obligations pursuant to law. 

Contact ferrylaw.com if you have questions 

Domestic Violence Arrests & Fernando A. Hearings

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Have you been arrested for domestic violence in the state of CT?

When you are arrested for a domestic violence crime, a criminal protective order will automatically be issued by the judge. There are a few different types of protective orders:

(1) Full “full no contact” order –prohibits a defendant from having any contact whatsoever with the alleged victim, and prohibits a defendant from entering the alleged victim’s home. A full no contact means the defendant cannot call, text, write, message on social media, or have ANY communication or contact with the protected person until the court says otherwise.

(2) Residential Stay Away order—prohibits the defendant from entering the victim’s home, but does permit contact. This means you may have contact via phone or in person, however the defendant cannot be near, present or enter the protected person’s home.

(3) Partial” protective order—this is usually the least restrictive protective order, and prohibits the defendant from “threatening, intimidating or harassing” an alleged victim.

What is a “Fernando A.” hearing?

A “Fernando A.” hearing stems from a 2009 Connecticut Supreme Court case. In that case, the defendant sought the opportunity to have a hearing to contest the entry of the criminal protective order the court imposed against him. The judge denied his request, so the defendant appealed. The Supreme Court ruled that the defendant was entitled to a subsequent hearing (now called the Fernando A. hearing) to contest the criminal protective order, but only if the defendant made the request for the hearing at the time the criminal protective order went into effect. In other words, if you fail to request a Fernando A. hearing when the protective order is initially imposed (at arraignment) you waive your right to the hearing and must abide by the protective order in effect until further notice from the court.

The court held that the “Fernando A” hearing must be held within a reasonable period of time (usually 2-3 weeks) wherein the state will be required to prove the continued necessity of that order by a fair preponderance of the evidence, which may include reliable hearsay and the defendant will have the opportunity to proffer relevant evidence to counter the state’s case in support of his own testimony or that of other witnesses.

How do I know if my case is considered a Domestic Violence crime?

Connecticut defines family or household member to include any of the following persons regardless of their age:

  • Spouse or former spouse
  • Parents or their children
  • Persons related by blood or marriage
  • Persons other than those related by blood or marriage but who presently reside together or have resided together (e.g.; roommates)
  • Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have ever been married or lived together
  • Persons who are currently in or who have recently been in a dating relationship

What are common “Domestic Violence” charges?

  • Assault
  • Threatening
  • Stalking
  • Harassment
  • Strangulation
  • Unlawful Restraint
  • Sexual Assault
  • Violation of a Protective Order 

If you’ve been arrested for a domestic violence matter, contact Ferry Law as soon as possible to protect you.