AS ONE OF CONNECTICUT’S MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE ASSAULT LAWYERS, TIMOTHY MOYNAHAN CAN HELP YOU FIGURE OUT THE BEST PATH FORWARD

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Criminal Defense: Assault

If you’re charged with 1st, 2nd, or 3rd degree assault, you face long terms of imprisonment and a blemished record which can affect your life and future opportunities

There may be additional charges or if you have prior convictions, this may complicate matters. Please contact Connecticut Assault lawyer Timothy Moynahan as soon as possible if you are facing these charges as you need legal representation quickly to ensure you get the possible defense. 

What our firm can offer you

We will give your case the time and attention it needs and treat you with respect at all times. We will help you understand the charges and the possible outcomes. All the evidence and facts will be reviewed in detail, and we will discuss the best strategy possible for you. We will take your personal circumstances into consideration, and give you practical advice, and ensure you are prepared for every step of the process. We will fight to have charges reduced or dismissed, and if it goes to trial, we will work to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Our process ensures that you are fully represented with the best of intentions

We will review your side of the story in detail, and gather and review all the evidence from the police. We will seek weaknesses in the arrest process, and the evidence, both from witnesses and other evidence. We will hire investigators and experts as needed to ensure we have all the possible information for your defense. Dismissal or reduced charges is our objective at this point. We will question the injuries in question, and how serious they are, as well as what your intentions may have been. Self-defense is an option which may be applicable to your particular situation.

If the case goes to trial, we will consult you during all negotiations and take your personal wishes into consideration. You will be carefully prepared for the courtroom and the trial process. We will manage all motions, and the entire procedure, and negotiate for your release or the least sentence possible. Community service, counseling, etc. are all options we can discuss as options to reduced charges/sentences.

What assault charges could I be facing?

Assault in the 1st degree

Class B Felony

5 (minimum) to 20 years in prison and up to $15,000 in fines, probation, community service

  • The attacker intended to harm the person.
  • The intended target or another person was seriously injured.
  • The attacker has used a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon that can cause a person’s death to permanently disfigure, amputate or hurt another person.
  • Two or more persons were involved in the assault to cause permanent injury
  • A firearm was used to cause permanent injury

Assault in the 2nd degree

Class D felony

1 to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, probation, community service

  • Intent to cause serious injury with a weapon other than a firearm
  • Recklessly causing serious injury with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument
  • Intentionally gave the person a drug or controlled substance which caused harm without their consent

Assault in the 2nd degree with a firearm

Class D felony

Up to 1 year in prison (minimum) to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines

  • Recklessly causing serious injury with a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument
  • Suggesting you have a firearm, or displaying a firearm.
  • Threatening to use a firearm in your possession.

Assault in the 2nd degree with a motor vehicle

Class D felony

1 to 5 years in prison, up to $5,000 in fines, up to 1 year license suspension, probation, community service

  • Hitting someone with a motor vehicle or threatening to do so, deliberately or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Assault in the 3rd degree

Class A Misdemeanor

Up to 1 year in prison, up to $2,000 in fines, probation, community service

  • Intend to cause injury to someone
  • Actually causing the injury to the target or to someone else
  • Recklessly causing injury

Assault in the 3rd degree with a weapon

Class A Misdemeanor

Up to 1 year in prison (minimum) and up to $2,000 in fines, probation, community service

  • Intend to cause injury to someone
  • Actually causing the injury to the target or to someone else
  • Recklessly causing injury
  • Cause injury with deadly weapon, dangerous instrument or an electronic defense weapon

Here are some important definitions that you should know.

Intentional

Intentional is an act which was done deliberately to cause a certain result. E.g. Loading a gun, pointing at a person and pulling the trigger is consider intentionally shooting the person.

Reckless

Ignoring a real risk as a result of your actions is “reckless.” Shooting into an occupied building is considered “reckless.”

Deadly weapon

A weapon to shoot someone, knives, clubs or metal knuckle

Dangerous instrument

Anything which can be used or threatened cause death or serious injury is said to be a “dangerous instrument”

Electronic defense weapon

Something with a charge or electricity which can make someone unable to move temporarily e.g. taser

Serious physical injury

Injury which may cause death, serious health risks, organ loss/failure, permanent disfigurement, loss of limbs, loss of consciousness.

Physical injury

Any pain or lessening of someone’s physical condition.

Third party

Someone who was not an intended target, but was hurt in the event.

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