New Haven Assault Lawyer
If you have been arrested for assault, do not make the mistake of thinking that it is not a serious offense. The laws and penalties in Connecticut can be very harsh, even when the injury involved is very minor. State’s attorneys and judges classify even minor cases as violent offenses.
If you have been arrested for assault, you do have options. Although the penalties can be severe, there are ways you can fight your case with the help of a New Haven assault lawyer. Whether you were acting in self defense, have an alibi, or the accuser fabricated the entire story, there are legitimate defenses to assault charges. There are also initiatives you can take to minimize the consequences of the case. Contact one of our New Haven criminal defense attorneys to stand up for you and protect your rights.
Types of Assaults
An assault can cover anything from a minor altercation, where someone is simply pushed, to a fight where someone is punched and breaks a nose, to an altercation where someone is stabbed or shot. Obviously, it covers a broad range of allegations, injuries, and vastly differing penalties.
Assault is classified as either first, second, or third degree. The degree and the penalties you are facing will depend upon your intent, whether or not a weapon was involved, and the extent to which the victim was injured.
Assault in the First Degree
Assault in the First Degree is covered largely by Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-59 and is a Class B Felony. There are five different subsections to this statute, each of which provides a different method in which a person can commit Assault in the First Degree. Typically, Assault in the First Degree involves the use of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, a serious physical injury or the discharge of a firearm.
In addition, Assault in the First Degree can stem from an assault on certain types of individuals, for example a blind or disabled person. See for example, Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 53a-59a – 53a-59c. Many of the specific subsections carry mandatory minimum prison sentences.
Assault in the Second Degree
Assault in the Second Degree is primarily covered by Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-60 and is a Class D Felony. Again, the statute is divided into subsections that specify several ways in which a person can commit Assault in the Second Degree. The specific subsection under which a person will be charged will depend on a number of factors such as the extent of the injuries, whether a weapon was used, and the persons intent.
Assault in the Third Degree
Assault in the Third Degree is covered by Conn. Gen. Stat. § 53a-61 and is a Class A Misdemeanor. The statute specifies three ways in which a person can commit an Assault in the Third Degree. Basically, a person commits an assault in the Third Degree when he intentionally, recklessly, or with a deadly weapon causes physical injury.
Miscellaneous Assault Charges
In addition to assault in the first, second and third degrees, there are specific crimes for specific protected people (for example, blind, disabled, or pregnant people). These charges usually carry mandatory minimum jail time and therefore warrant contact with an assault lawyer in New Haven.
What a New Haven Assault Lawyer Can Do For You
Being arrested and charged with assault can be a frightening experience that carries grave consequences if not taken seriously. The experienced New Haven assault lawyers at Billings & Barrett can discuss all aspects of your case with you, guide you through the courtroom process, and present the most robust defense possible.