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    Danbury Domestic Violence Lawyer

    Are you facing criminal charges after a domestic dispute? An experienced Danbury domestic violence lawyer could work to minimize the negative consequences and fight to keep your record clear.

    What is Domestic Violence?

    Domestic or family violence does not refer to a specific crime. Instead, Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) §46b-38a defines family violence as an act of threatened violence or action causing physical injury that occurs between people in a household or family relationship. Virtually any crime committed against family or household members can be treated as family violence under Connecticut law.

    Who are Family and Household Members in Connecticut?

    Family and household relationships are defined under CGS §46b-38a and can include:

    • Current and former romantic partners, such as individuals who are or previously were dating or married;
    • Family members, including children;
    • Individuals who parented a child together;
    • Any two people who have ever resided together.

    A Danbury domestic violence attorney could review a situation to determine whether a relationship qualifies under this statute and explain the effect the relationship has on the legal handling of the case.

    When Do Courts Issue Protective Orders?

    Criminal courts in CT frequently issue criminal protective orders during domestic violence proceedings under CGS § 4638c(e). While the orders typically remain in force only until the matter concludes, the court may issue standing protective orders of longer duration under CGS §53a-40e.

    Violation of either a civil or criminal protective order is treated as a felony under CGS §53a-223, so it is wise to avoid any actions that could violate the terms. A family violence attorney in Danbury could help you to understand what your order does and does not allow you to do so as to avoid violation.

    What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence?

    Because so many different types of crimes may be considered family violence, the range of potential penalties is quite broad. An offense such as third-degree stalking (CGS §53a-181e) is penalized as a Class B misdemeanor punishable by six months of imprisonment. However, stalking in the first degree (CGS §53a-181c) is a Class D felony with a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Assault crimes and other more serious domestic violence offenses can be treated as Class A or B felonies punishable by 20 years or more of incarceration.

    Those found guilty of any degree of domestic violence offense may also be required to pay significant fines. While a Danbury domestic violence attorney could advocate for alternative penalties, the most damaging effects of a domestic violence conviction often come from the social stigma. Therefore exploring options that leave you with a clean record, such as pretrial diversionary programs, is helpful.

    Consult a Danbury Domestic Violence Attorney

    Convictions for domestic violence crimes create criminal records that could haunt you for years to come. Even arrests related to family violence can affect your opportunities for employment, housing and other aspects of life. Assistance from an experienced defense advocate could help minimize the damage to your reputation.

    A Danbury domestic violence lawyer could collect evidence to fight the charges and advocate on your behalf throughout the proceedings. To learn how to work toward a positive outcome, call Mark Sherman Law today.