Defending You Against Misdemeanor And Felony Assault Charges
What may have seemed like a minor fight may leave you facing assault charges. These are extremely serious charges and can have a drastic impact on your life. Instead of pleading guilty or admitting fault, which will have automatic consequences, fight the charges with the help of an experienced defense lawyer.
With more than 30 years of experience handling assault and other criminal defense matters, attorney Glenn M. Conway at Conway Law Firm, LLC, in New Haven is an aggressive advocate for his clients. He has a thorough understanding of how assault cases typically progress through the criminal justice system and can provide you with the information you need to protect your life, family, future and freedom.
Levels Of Assault In Connecticut
As in all states, there are varying degrees of assault charges that are based upon a variety of criteria, such as whether a weapon was used, the type of injuries suffered by the victim, whether the injuries were intentionally inflicted and more. The degrees of charges are as follows:
- First-degree assault: This is the most serious assault charge. A first-degree assault charge is considered a class B felony, resulting in up to 20 years in prison and monetary fines of up to $15,000.
- Second-degree assault: When you are charged with second-degree assault, you are facing a class D felony. A conviction on this charge may result in one to five years in prison and monetary fines of up to $5,000.
- Third-degree assault: While this is the only assault charge that is a misdemeanor (a class A misdemeanor, specifically), third-degree assault charges still are serious. They can result in up to a year in prison and up to $2,000 in monetary fines. One thing to note is that, if a gun is used in the commission of a third-degree assault, Connecticut laws require a mandatory minimum incarceration in prison for one year.
Regardless of the type of charge that has been filed against you, it is essential that you fight the charges. Not only are you facing jail or prison time and fines that correlate with the specific charge, but a conviction will leave a permanent notation on your criminal record. This is accessible to all and may prevent you from obtaining employment, housing, loans and other opportunities.
Schedule A Free Consultation Now
Protect yourself and your rights by talking to Attorney Conway as soon as possible. To discuss your situation during a free consultation, use the online contact form or call the office at 203-624-1400.