The State of Connecticut defines domestic violence as an act of violence, physical harm, injury or assault, or a threat causing fear of imminent physical harm, between any of the following individuals:
- Spouses or former spouses
- Individuals who are or were dating
- Individuals currently living together
- Individuals who have lived together
- Parents and their children
- College Roommates
- Other related individuals
Domestic violence calls are often out of the hands of the individuals involved. Once police arrive, it is in their hands and can leave all parties feeling confused and helpless. If you are charged with a domestic violence offense, you will likely be subject to a criminal protective order from the court requiring you to stay away from your home until further order by the court. If this happens, you need to secure another place to live while the case is pending, or until the court modifies its order.
Also, if you are charged with a domestic violence offense, you will be ordered to turn over any firearm you may possess as part of the protective order, and the pending charges.
Hartford criminal defense attorney Salvatore Bonanno has defended many domestic violence charges for his clients, including:
- Risk of Injury to a minor