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    Yale Assault Lawyer

    Especially if you have a history of other criminal convictions, representation from a knowledgeable Yale assault lawyer could be the only thing protecting you against a host of long-lasting penal and personal consequences.

    What Constitutes Misdemeanor Assault?

    Under Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) §53a-61, a person commits the offense of assault in the third degree if they intentionally cause someone else to sustain physical injury. This includes those situations where a person causes someone else to sustain serious physical injury through recklessness or through the criminally negligent use of a dangerous instrument or weapon. Since third-degree assault is considered a class A misdemeanor, a conviction could lead to maximum criminal sanctions of $2,000 in fines and up to one year in jail.

    Anyone convicted of committing third-degree assault against someone who is pregnant, blind, elderly, or disabled is subject to a mandatory and non-suspendable one-year jail sentence upon conviction. A Yale attorney can determine what defense strategies might be most effective in a particular assault case.

    Degrees of Felony Assault Under State Law

    As per C.G.S. §53a-60, assault in the second degree entails any of the following actions:

    • Intentionally causing serious physical injury to someone else;
    • Intentionally causing physical injury to someone else with a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon other than a firearm, or by kicking or striking them in the head while they are lying down;
    • Recklessly causing serious physical injury to someone else with a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon;
    • Intentionally knocking someone else unconscious by striking them in the head;
    • Intentionally causing someone to be impaired or rendered unconscious by administering a drug or other substance to them without their consent; or
    • As a parolee, causing physical injury to someone employed by the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

    This is either a class C or class D felony depending on whether the defendant’s actions did or did not cause serious physical injury.

    Finally, as per C.G.S. §53a-59, first-degree assault—a class B felony—can involve any of the following actions:

    • Intentionally causing serious physical injury with a deadly weapon or other dangerous object;
    • Intentionally causing permanent disfigurement or disability;
    • Injuring someone else by discharging a firearm;
    • Causing serious physical injury with assistance from two or more other people; or
    • Inadvertently causing serious physical injury while displaying extreme indifference to human life.

    A qualified lawyer can help someone at Yale mitigate any of the penalties could come with a particular felony assault charge.

    Seek Help from a Yale Assault Defense Attorney

    Guidance from a knowledgeable legal professional can be the key not only to protecting your rights in the short term, but also to preserving your long-term interests. A Yale assault lawyer could provide the help you may need to secure the most positive case outcome possible under your unique circumstances. Check-out our over 300 certified client reviews on Avvo.com, and call today to learn more.