Atty. Ralph D. Sherman
130 West Main Street New Britain,
tel. (860) 229-0213 fax (860) 229-0235
Areas of practice
Pardons (click the link)
I handle more pistol-permit cases than any other attorney in our state.
Because Im a shooter and a permit-holder, I understand the technical aspects as well
as the law. And unlike most Connecticut attorneys, I strongly support the right of the
individual citizen to own and bear firearms. Although its possible to represent
yourself before the Board of Firearms Permit Examiners, its usually unwise to do so.
At your hearing, the police will be represented by an experienced attorney. You, too,
should have the benefit of representation by an attorney who really knows how the hearings
work. If you ask around, you'll find that most attorneys have never handled a
pistol-permit appeal. If you look at the minutes of the appeals
board, you will see my name listed almost every time the board meets.
Below is a typical list of case results from the appeals board. "Decision for the
issuing authority" means the police won the hearing. "Decision for the
appellant" means my client got his permit.
Its a fact of life that when an individual uses a gun in self-defense, the police
may assume hes the bad guy and charge him with a crime. DONT try to represent
yourself; this is not an area for the inexperienced. When you do hire an attorney, you
should hire someone who believes in your right of self-defensewith a firearm.
I represent or advise nine "rod and gun" clubs around the state. Typical
topics: incorporation (to protect members from liability), review of insurance coverage,
purchase or sale of land, revision of bylaws, zoning questions, neighbor problems, and
foreclosure, and collection defense
If youre a creditor, youll find Im an efficient collector of
debts. If you already have a judgment against a debtor but have been unable to collect, I
may be able to help.
If youre a debtor, Ill minimize your liability and make it easier for you
to pay. If you have a valid defense, I'll pursue it to the maximum degree possible.
I also handle foreclosure, for creditors and debtors. This includes eviction of a
tenant or debtor from the property after the foreclosure judgment.
Landlord and tenant law (evictions)
If you're a landlord who needs to draft a lease, evict a tenant, or collect back
rent, I can help you. This is an area of law that may look like you can "do it
yourself." DON'T. The law of evictions and leases is full of booby traps that even
attorneys find difficult.
If you're a tenant who is being sued or evicted unjustly, I can put my experience to
work for you.
If youre buying or selling real estate, you need an attorney even if theres
no bank involved in the deal. For most people, buying or selling a home is the biggest
transaction of their life; you can afford to be represented by an attorney for something
I also draft all types of deeds and can help you with boundaries or other disputes with
Criminal defense and DWI
Going to criminal court without an attorney is like hiking in the jungle without a
guide. Even if you have never been arrested before, you need an attorney to protect your
rights. It is NOT the prosecutor's job to look out for you. The only person who's going to
help you in criminal court is your own attorney. This is true even for DWI and some other
Other areas of law
Need legal services that you dont see here? Please contact me anyway. I have
experience with many other types of cases that are too numerous to list. Also, I may be
able to help you find another attorney with expertise in the area that you need.