When dealing with civil rights violations, there are a numbers of different types of discriminations you need to be aware of, mainly because you may be subject to discrimination in more than one area. It is common for both age and gender or age and race discrimination to be seen at the same time.
In order to understand discrimination, you need to know what it is and what it isn’t. Once you have a better understanding of that, you can look at the different types of discrimination that are routinely litigated in state: age, race, religious, disability, accessibility, hearing impairment, gender and racial assault.
Types of Assault
The most common assault type behavior charged overall are three misdemeanors: Breach of Peace, Threatening and Disorderly Conduct. Every year thousands of people are charged with these offenses.
There are a number of crimes that fall into the assault category in Connecticut. Everything from a little pushing up to hurting someone with a weapon can be categorized as a different level of assault. Oftentimes, assault charges are brought in connection with domestic violence cases, but you don’t have to know the person to be charged with assault. We have successfully represented people who have been the victim of assault who are charged when the police fail to investigate and charge everyone at a fight as committing the offense.
Assault itself comes in different degrees, depending on the nature and severity of the injuries to the victim. Assault in the third degree is the lowest, the middle is assault in the second degree, and it goes up to assault in the first degree. Assault in the second degree has a special component to it wherein you can be charged with this if someone is seriously injured as the result of a DUI accident.
Certain segments of our population that are at risk of assault charges have special assault protections. Those people, like the elderly, who are protected with assault on them in the first, second and third degree have the most protections. Blind, disabled or pregnant also have special protections in the law, because of their heightened chance of being victims of assault type behavior.
Another category of people who have been given special protection in the assault laws are first responders and law enforcement. And if you are charged with assault on a police officer, corrections officer or fire or EMS worker, you face enhanced penalties simply because of their job.
If you are facing assault charges in Connecticut, even if you are not guilty, you will be required to go to court to defend yourself. If you have been charged with assault in Connecticut, your first defense will likely be self defense. Be sure to make sure you hire a criminal defense lawyer who knows how to defend you in a use of force scenario because the court process for these cases can be complicated when a victim is involved, especially at sentencing.