Domestic Violence Attorney in Hartford CT

Domestic violence, also referred to as family violence, is made up of crimes in which family members or household members act violently or threateningly toward one another. Specific charges of domestic violence include various degrees of assault and sexual assault, threatening, stalking, strangulation, kidnapping, reckless endangerment and violation of protective or restraining orders.

In addition to the heavy penalties that judges can use to punish these serious crimes, courts must make a note in the court files of every offender that they were convicted of domestic violence. Because of these potentially grave consequences, anyone charged with domestic violence needs the support of a specialized criminal attorney to fight for acquittal or to limit the penalties as much as possible if a conviction is found.

What constitutes domestic violence in Connecticut?

The main crimes of domestic violence in Connecticut are threatening in the first degree (with a firearm) and in the second degree (threatening a violent crime) and three degrees of assault which differ based on the extent of injury caused to the victim (risk of death/disability, serious physical injury and negligent physical injury) and can involve Hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, slapping, restraining and other forms of physical aggression. Most of these crimes are classed as felonies.

First degree assault can be punished with up to 20 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $15,000 but this can be bumped up to 25 years and $20,000 when assault of a pregnant woman causes termination of her pregnancy. First degree threatening and second degree assault are punishable by up to 5 years of jail time and $5,000. Second degree threatening and third degree assault are classed as misdemeanors but can still result in up to one year in jail and $2,000 in fines.

When can you get a restraining order or a protective order in Hartford?

Anyone involved in an incident of domestic violence can file for a civil restraining order that lasts up to a year, but can be extended at the end of this period. Alternatively, courts can decide to put a criminal protective order into effect where there is a risk of immediate and present physical danger.

These orders can prohibit people charged with domestic violence from threatening, assaulting or harassing the victim or even prevent the defendant from entering the victim’s home. Violation of a restraining order can add five years to an offender’s prison time and cost them a further $5,000 as well.

Are you facing a domestic violence case in Hartford?

Because the Connecticut Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Act sets maximum penalties, it is possible for outstanding domestic violence lawyers to argue for lower penalties to be applied based on the circumstances of the case. This is why procuring legal counsel as soon as possible is so important – the right criminal attorney could save many years’ worth of your freedoms.

On top of this, our law firm has years of practice in analyzing the circumstances of each family violence case. We will be able to advise you as to whether and how to work toward an acquittal. In assessing your circumstances we will determine whether the charges against you could be thrown out based on lack of evidence or improperly obtained evidence, and present you with all of the possible legal strategies available to you.

The Law Office of Michael Chambers Jr serves clients in Hartford and surrounding areas.

When it comes to your personal rights, freedoms and futures, you cannot settle for anything less than the most capable and professional legal advocates available. After years of working on domestic violence cases and trials in Hartford, the team at the Law Office of Michael Chambers Jr is ready to apply our expertise to your charges and to fight for the best possible outcomes.

Our law firm has years of experience working countless domestic violence cases of all kinds, including:

  •         Assault
  •         Sexual assault
  •         Threatening
  •         Stalking
  •         Strangulation
  •         Kidnapping
  •         Reckless endangerment
  •         Disorderly conduct
  •         Breach of peace
  •         Violation of court orders such as protective orders and restraining orders

If you have been charged with any of these family violence crimes within the Greater Hartford Area and surrounds, you need to get in touch with a specialized and local domestic violence attorney. Our lawyers have previously worked in:

  •         Hartford
  •         New Britain
  •         Enfield
  •         Manchester
  •         Rockville
  •         New Haven

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