If you face a domestic violence charge in Connecticut, there are a few different resolutions that might happen in your case. These resolutions will depend on factors such as prior offenses, the severity of your situation, the alleged victim’s input, and more. You can learn more about possible domestic violence resolutions on this page.
Factors in Your Resolution
If you are facing a domestic violence arrest, there are several ways to end your domestic violence case. All of them will involve plea bargaining negotiations with the prosecutor and the consent of the judge. The judge has the right to reject any plea bargain that he or she believes is contrary to the law or unfair.
In addition, the victim(s) in the case will have input into your result. They have the right to be informed of your court dates and any proposed plea agreements. They have the right to appear and to address the court about your release conditions, plea agreement, and any sentence that you receive. In domestic violence cases, victims frequently appear in court and express their opinions to the judge.
Despite the severe nature of the alleged crimes, there are several non-jail ways to resolve your domestic violence case. Our attorneys are particularly creative in finding solutions to your problems. In recent years, we have used three court-sponsored programs successfully:
First, if you are a “first time” domestic violence offender, we may be able to obtain your participation in the court’s Family Violence Education Program. If the judge accepts your application, you will participate in a 13.5 hours education program aimed at reforming domestic violence behaviors. If you successfully complete the Family Violence Education Program, the charges against you will be dismissed. This program is offered state-wide in all courthouses.
Secondly, depending upon the charges you face and your prior criminal record, you may qualify for either the Explore Program or the Evolve Program. The Explore Program requires you to attend a single class per week for 26 weeks (26 total classes). The Evolve Program requires you to attend two classes per week for 26 weeks (52 total classes). These programs typically involve conditional guilty pleas, and if you successfully complete the classes, you will be convicted of lesser crimes and receive a lesser sentence. If you fail either of these programs, you can be sentenced to a jail term.
Finally, if your situation requires it, you can enter into a plea agreement with an agreed-upon sentence, or you can fully dispute the charges against you and take your case to jury trial. Our attorneys will be able to advise you on how to proceed when the time is right.