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Domestic Violence Offenses in New Haven

The possible penalties for a domestic violence case will vary depending on the exact charge(s) you are confronted with. Each general category of crime (for example, assault or strangulation) is divided into various degrees and various subsections, all of which will carry a different penalty. In almost every domestic violence case, you will potentially be exposed to incarceration, and should therefore consult with a New Haven domestic violence lawyer as soon as possible.

Threatening & Breach of Peace Charges

Threatening means exactly what you would expect: that you made a physical threat to another person and intended to cause that person imminent threat of physical harm.

The offenses of Breach of Peace and Disorderly Conduct have similarities and differences. They are similar because they prohibit someone from engaging in conduct with an intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof. The difference between the two is where this conduct occurs: Breach of Peace requires the conduct to occur in a public place, whereas Disorderly Conduct does not have that requirement.

Assault & Strangulation

Assault is divided into many different subsections all of which have different requirements and carry different penalties. However, an assault is, very generally speaking, a situation in which you have caused some sort or pain or physical injury. For detailed information concerning assaults, please see our page dedicated to Assault charges.

Strangulation is also divided into different subsections. At the very basic level, each requires you to restrain another person by the neck or throat and impede the ability of such other person to breathe or restrict the blood circulation of such other person.

Risk of Injury to Minor

Risk of injury is a very broad crime. It covers a wide range of conduct and carries a very significant penalty – usually up to 10 years in jail. The risk of injury statute is divided into two different parts. These two parts proscribe two general types of behaviors which are likely to injure physically or to impair the morals of a minor under sixteen years of age:

  1. Deliberate indifference to, acquiescence in, or the creation of situations inimical to the minor’s moral or physical welfare; and
  2. Acts directly perpetrated on the person of the minor and injurious to his moral or physical well-being.

Violation of Protective Order

A violation of any protective order is a new and distinct crime from the original crime. In fact, it is a Class D Felony, carrying a penalty of up to five years in jail. Even if you are innocent of the original arrest that led to the protective order being issued, if you violated the protective order you will have committed a separate crime. The courts take these charges very seriously.

For the penalty associated with all of these charges, as well as many others, please see our DV Penalty Page.