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 3rd 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 people 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.