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Connecticut Assault Lawyer

Have you been charged with assault? As a Connecticut assault lawyer, I can help you navigate your legal charges. After you have read up on assault cases in Connecticut below, please call my office as soon as possible.

Defining Assault in Connecticut

Assault is a very serious charge that can result in substantial jail time, depending on the circumstances.

In many cases, an assault charge is the result of a fight where the alleged victim is either the one who called the police or got the worst of it, regardless of who actually started it.

When you are facing a serious criminal charge, you need an experienced defense attorney to argue on your behalf, and work to get the charged reduced or dismissed.

And you need to act quickly, before you lose your chance to file motions in court on your behalf. Call today for a legal consultation.

Under Connecticut criminal law, the crime of Assault is charged at different levels based on the intent of the attack, the level of harm caused, who the victim was, and whether or not a weapon was used.

An assault charge is considered a 1st degree assault (most commonly assault with a deadly weapon), if it involves:

  • causing serious injury by means of a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument;
  • intending to seriously or permanently disfigure a person, or to destroy, amputate, or disfigure a person’s body;
  • recklessly engaging in behavior that could cause a person’s death, that results in serious physical injury to another person;
  • intent to cause serious physical injury with 2 or more other people participating;
  • Or, causing physical injury by use of a gun or firearm.

Assault in the 2nd degree is defined as:

  • causing serious injury;
  • intent to cause serious injury with a deadly weapon (other than a firearm);
  • recklessly causing serious injury with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument;
  • Or, intentionally administered a drug or controlled substance without that person’s consent.

Assault in the 3rd degree is defined as:

  • intentionally causing physical injury;
  • recklessly causing serious physical injury;
  • Or, with criminal negligence, causing physical serious injury with a deadly weapon.

Assault in the 2nd degree with a motor vehicle is similar to assault with a deadly or dangerous weapon. If you hit someone with your car, or threaten to run them over, you can face this charge. Assault with a vehicle offenses will include a license suspension if you are convicted. Assault 2nd with a motor vehicle may also mean that the driver has consumed alcohol prior to driving.

The charge below gives a few examples of some possible penalties. Assessing your situation can get very complicated quickly, if there are other charges or prior offenses.

Please call me for a consultation to get a true understanding of what you are likely facing in your specific case.

Connecticut Assault Penalties

DEGREE PENALTY CLASSIFICATION
Assault in the First Degree
  • Up to 20 years in Prison
  • (5 years minimum)
  • Fines up to $15,000
Class B Felony
Assault in the Second Degree
  • 1 to 5 years in prison
  • Up to a $5000 Fine
Up to $5,000
Assault in the Second Degree with a Firearm
  • 1 year in prison, mandatory minimum, up to 5 years
  • Up to a $5000 Fine
Class D Felony
Assault in the Second Degree with a Motor Vehicle
  • 1 to 5 years in prison
  • Up to a $5000 Fine
  • 1 Year License Suspension
Class D Felony
Assault in the Third Degree
  • Up to 1 year in prison
  • Up to a $2000 fine
Class A Misdemeanor

There are additional, enhanced penalties for:

  • Assault on a pregnant woman;
  • Assault on a blind person;
  • Or, assault on a dept. of correction employee, or prison official.

These charges may result in a required or additional 1 year in prison, mandatory.

How to Beat a Connecticut Assault & Battery Charge

There are many different ways to successfully win a criminal assault case in court. To get the charges reduced, I will often contest the intent of the accused, or challenge the degree of the injury.

To get a case dismissed, I will argue that the fight was mutual, or that the other person started it and it was self-defense.

Please Call Our Connecticut Assault Lawyer Today for a Free Consultation

These cases can be complicated, and how I would actually proceed really depends on the facts of your case. Call for a free consultation and, after reviewing the facts, I’ll tell you exactly what I can do to help you.

Connecticut Assault Statutes

CrimeStatuteClassification (Penalty)
CrimeStatuteClassification (Penalty)
Assault in the First DegreeCGS § Sec. 53a-59Class B felony (1 to 20 years)
Assault in the Second DegreeCGS § Sec. 53a-60Class D or C felony (1 to 10 years)
Assault in the Second Degree with a FirearmCGS § Sec. 53a-60aClass D felony (1 to 5 years)
Assault in the Third DegreeCGS § Sec. 53a-61Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year)
Robbery in the First DegreeCGS § Sec. 53a-134Class B felony (1 to 20 years)
Robbery in the Second DegreeCGS § Sec. 53a-135Class C felony (1 to 10 years)
Robbery in the Third DegreeCGS § Sec. 53a-136Class D felony (1 to 5 years)