Assault

Assault is one of the most serious crimes under the Connecticut General Statues. The penalties for such a crime are significant and can have long-term effect as a part of your criminal record. Your assault charges may have been the result of an altercation that you did not start, an act of self-defense or a situation that was misunderstood by law enforcement officers. You need an experienced attorney to conduct a detailed investigation into the circumstances before, during and after your arrest to make sure your civil rights were not violated and that police mistake, or misconduct did not contribute to your arrest.

DEGREES OF ASSAULT
Connecticut state law classifies assault in degrees based on the intent of the attack, the level of harm caused, who the victim was, and whether or not a weapon was used in the assault.

ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE:
The intent to cause serious physical injury via the use of a deadly weapon that causes serious physical injury, or
Any act with the intent to disable or disfigure a victim that causes such an injury
Additionally

Reckless conduct exhibiting an extreme indifference to life, causing physical injury to a victim is a first-degree offense, as well as
Intentional assaults causing serious injury with other assailants present, and
Assaults with the intent to cause physical injury via the discharge of firearm, causing physical injury to a victim
ASSAULT IN THE SECOND DEGREE:
The intent to cause serious physical injury to a victim, which actually causes serious physical injury, or
Acts with the intent to cause physical injury via a deadly weapon that causes physical injury

Additionally

Recklessly causing serious physical injury to a victim via the use of a deadly weapon is also second-degree assault, as well as
Any assault involving the unlawful administration of drugs, poisons or medications
ASSAULT IN THE THIRD DEGREE:
The intent to cause physical injury that causes injury to a victim, or
Acts of recklessness that cause serious physical injury
Additionally

Negligent acts involving a deadly weapon causing injury to a victim are classified as assault in the third degree, punishable by a sentence of one year of incarceration without the ability to suspend or reduce the sentence.
PENALTIES
Prison time
Probation
Heavy fines
Record that makes it hard to find work
Mandatory counseling and anger management classes
THE RESOURCES TO DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS
A strong defense will rely on extensive research into your specific case, as well as expert and witness testimony. This requires a law firm with the resources and experience to analyze the details of your case and build a powerful defense for you. A skilled criminal defense attorney with a deep understanding of the laws surrounding assault charges can create the best strategy for minimizing your charges and lessening the resulting penalties.

HAVE YOU BEEN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT?
If you are a potential client, please contact the knowledgeable and dedicated attorneys of Fairfield Criminal Defense Attorneys for a free consultation to learn more about your rights. Assault charges are serious, but an expert lawyer can work to minimize your penalties. You can count on one of our experienced attorneys to fight for the best possible outcome for your situation.