There are three degrees of assault. They include, first, second and third degree assault. There are also assault defenses. Contact our office to learn more about assault defenses.

Third-Degree Assault

Of the three, it is the least serious. This crime gets classified as a Class A misdemeanor, and the other types of assault constitute felonies. Regardless, third-degree assault carries penalties of up to $2,000 in fines and up to a year in prison. Also, you face charges of third-degree assault if you:

  • Cause bodily harm to someone with intent to hurt them.
  • Seriously injure someone.
  • Cause injury with a weapon (this is not a mandatory requirement for a third-degree assault charge).

Second-Degree Assault

Second-degree assault constitutes a felony, but it is a Class D felony. This means it is less serious than first-degree assault. The penalties for second-degree assault include a fine of up to $5,000 and a 1-5 year prison sentence. Also, you will be charged with second-degree assault if you:

  • Cause serious harm with intent.
  • Use a deadly weapon (other than a firearm) to harm someone.
  • Drug someone.

First-Degree Assault

First-degree assault is considered the most serious type of assault. It is classified as a Class B felony and the penalties can be as high as a $15,000 fine and 20 years in prison. Please note that in Connecticut, if you get convicted of first-degree assault, you face a mandatory minimum of five years in prison. First-degree assault carries such serious penalties because it involves:

  • Injury caused by a gun or other weapon.
  • Intent to cause serious bodily harm.
  • Aggressive behavior that can result in death.
  • Serious harm or disfigurement.

Aggravated Assault

Any of these types of assault can be “aggravated” if the assault is considered serious.

For information regarding assault defenses, please contact our office.