Domestic Violence In Connecticut Is Considered A Serious Crime
In the state of Connecticut, Domestic Violence is a term often used to describe “Family Violence” offenses. The phrase “Family Violence” is defined by Connecticut law as an incident resulting in physical harm, bodily injury or assault, or an act of threatened violence that constitutes fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, including, but not limited to, stalking or a pattern of threatening, between family or household members.
Verbal abuse or argument, however, does not necessarily constitute family violence. There has to be more – danger, and the likelihood of harm.
Finally, Family Violence crimes an often be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending upon the specific facts and circumstances giving rise to your case.
What Is A Family Violence Offense In Connecticut?
A Family Violence charge will most commonly stem from a dispute among members of the same family, or individuals residing within the same household. If that dispute progresses into an argument that leads to physical injury or the threat or fear of such harm, the accuser will often contact law enforcement. Once law enforcement gets involved in the dispute, the accused may very well end up with any number of family violence-related charges.
In addition to members of the same family or members of the same household whether married or unmarried, blood relative or not, Family Violence also covers relationships outside of a residence-in-common such as former partners or those with children in common.
Legality Of Family Violence Charges In Connecticut
Having a heated argument where poor language is used, and feelings are hurt, does not necessarily amount to Family Violence under the laws of the state of Connecticut. There needs to be a present danger and the likelihood that physical violence will occur. Loud voices and harsh words often feel threatening depending on the tone and intonation; however, the words alone do not necessarily fall under the Family Violence umbrella.
The Two Most Common Events That Result In Family Violence Charges:
- Any event that involves physical harm, bodily injury, or assault – in essence, an unlawful touching
- Any threat of violence that cause a reasonable fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury, or assault
Other criminal elements may also fall under Family Violence, such as:
- Sexual Assault
It Can Be An Uphill Battle Fighting To Clear Your Name
Depending on the type of Domestic Violence charges that you have been accused of, it can be a frightening and frustrating time. You may not understand all of the moving parts involved in your case. From restraining orders and protective orders to various fines, penalties and programs, the process can be lengthy, confusing and painful. It is especially hard when you don’t have the right criminal defense representation.
Get Help With Your Connecticut Domestic Violence Charges
You may feel that you will never get up from under these Family Violence charges, but it is important to actively seek out help to restore your life and your name. As a former Prosecutor and Former States Attorney, Chris Llinas has both the experience and knowledge to guide you through this difficult time. Contact us today for help with your Family Violence charges.