Assault

Assault Attorney in Danbury, CT

Defending Against the Accused

Assault charges are a serious legal problem that require immediate action if you hope to resolve the matter successfully. An individual can be charged with this offense without actually causing injury to another; just the threat of injury or the alleged victim claiming that they were in fear of harm can lead to a charge of assault. This situation can become even more serious if it is claimed that threats against another's life took place, even without any physical action.

If you have been arrested and charged with this crime, it is critical that you act quickly in contacting a Danbury assault defense attorney from Jowdy & Jowdy at (203) 633-2171 to assist you in fighting to bring the matter under control and to a resolution.

Connecticut Assault Laws & Penalties

There are three types of assault in Connecticut: first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and third-degree assault. The type of assault you are charged with is based on the intention behind the alleged attack, the amount of harm or injury caused, the identity of the victim, and if a weapon was involved.

The following is a breakdown of the three types of assault in Connecticut:

  • First-degree assault – This type of assault involves serious injury caused by a dangerous or deadly weapon, an intent to significantly or permanently disfigure or harm a person, reckless behavior that led to another person suffering a significant injury, serious injury suffered by at least two people, or physical injury caused by a gun. First-degree assault is a Class B felony.

  • Second-degree assault – This type of assault involves serious injury, the intention to cause serious injury with a deadly weapon (not a gun), recklessness with a deadly weapon that causes serious injury, or intentionally administering a drug to another person without his/her consent. You could also be charged with second-degree with a firearm by using, threatening to use, or displaying a firearm, as well as second-degree with a vehicle if you commit assault while intoxicated behind the wheel. Second-degree assault is a Class D felony.

  • Third-degree assault – This type of assault invovles the intent to cause physical injury, recklessness that led to serious injury, or causing serious injury with a deadly weapon (with criminal negligence). Third-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor.

Experience Danbury Assault Defense Lawyer

The actions you take immediately after the arrest can have a significant effect on the outcome of the case. It is crucial that you do not make any statements or discuss the situation with any law enforcement officer or other individual until your attorney is present. Many clients have damaged their own defense cases by having lengthy discussions with apparently "friendly" law enforcement officers or others in they encounter during the arrest and booking process. All of what you say will be used against you, and even your demeanor will be part of what could be brought to court as evidence.

The legal team at the firm will immediately get into action with regard to your case, and will attend any questioning you may be required to submit to. In many cases, the charge is brought through a domestic violence call, and such cases are frequently based upon the testimony of one person. It can be a difficult matter, as even if the alleged victim recants or changes their story about what actually happened, only the prosecutor can choose to dismiss the charges. This law came about so that victims cannot be intimidated, but has resulted in innocent individuals having to face serious criminal charges and fight to be found "not guilty." The legal team understands all aspects of such charges and can review and evaluate the situation to advise you how the defense will proceed. Fast action in contacting the firm is vital.

Contact a Danbury assault defense attorney at once if you have been arrested and charged with this crime. Serving clients throughout the Danbury area.

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