Norwalk DCF Investigations Following Third Degree Assault Arrests

One of most common arrests in Norwalk for domestic violence is Assault in the Third Degree. If kids are in the home during the police call, then a Norwalk DCF investigation will also be triggered in addition to a court case. Follow this link for more about fighting a DCF investigation during a criminal case.

What is Third Degree Assault in Norwalk?

Third degree assault in Norwalk is the same as third degree assault all over Connecticut. Under Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) § 53a-61, third degree assault is the least serious of all assault offenses.

You can be arrested on allegations of intentionally causing physical harm, recklessly causing serious physical harm, or causing physical injury by way of dangerous instrument, deadly weapon, or electronic defense weapon if you act with criminal negligence.

How is it Different from Second Degree Assault?

The main differences between assault in the first and second degree are the level of intent involved and the nature of the injury. For example, one of the ways to be arrested for second-degree assault under C.G.S. § 53a-60, is to intend to cause serious physical injury to another person and succeeding in either causing that person or another person the injury. First-degree assault under C.G.S. § 53a-59 can occur if you intend to cause serious physical injury to another person and succeed.

Is Assault in the Third Degree a Felony?

No. Third degree assault is a class A misdemeanor. A misdemeanor is different from a felony in the amount of potential jail time, as well as the collateral consequences. However, a criminal record is an impediment no matter the charge, and it is important to fight charges and defend your reputation.

What Are the Consequences for Third Degree Assault?

If you plead guilty or are found guilty after trial of assault in the third-degree you could face up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,000 and/or probation for up to two-years. You’re also likely to be subject to a protective order for the pendency of the case, and if the alleged victim is a family member and you have kids, DCF may be called to investigate as well.

Can a Lawyer Help me with a DCF Investigation Following a Norwalk Domestic Arrest?

Yes. A Norwalk assault in the third-degree attorney can help in a variety of ways, They can analyze your case to see if you are eligible for any pre-trial diversionary programs, they can communicate with the prosecutor and advocate for a lesser charge or penalty, and in some cases they may even be able to get your charges dropped. Additionally, if you are subject to a protective order an attorney can help you to understand your restrictions and avoid violating them. Lastly, a defense lawyer can help you to protect yourself and your family if DCF begins an investigation.

Contact a Norwalk Assault in the Third-Degree Attorney Today

If you are being accused of assault in the third-degree, do not face the criminal justice system alone. The team of lawyers at Mark Sherman Law are dedicated to zealously advocating for your rights and getting you the best outcome possible. Check out our certified 5-star reviews by clicking here. Then call us today at (203) 569-3599 to learn more.

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