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.
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 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 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.
Any of these types of assault can be “aggravated” if the assault is considered serious.
For information regarding assault defenses, please contact our office.