When you or a loved one is involved in a serious case, charge, or accusation, you need a criminal defense attorney with years of experience and a proven track record of criminal defense cases and results in the state of Connecticut.

Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney is not only stressful but critical. You need to hire someone who is; experienced, well respected for their abilities, will protect your rights with all of their might, and who has a long-standing track record of success. We will leave no stone unturned to defend you and ensure that in no way have your rights been violated.

We Handle All Types of Criminal Defense Cases & Protect and Defend Your Rights

DUI Defense

Unlike other criminal cases, many DUI cases are very different.  More often than not, the people Attorney Bonanno represents with DUI charges are people who have never dealt with the criminal justice system before.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence calls are often out of the hands of the individuals involved. Once the 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.


Larceny (theft) exists when someone takes property or goods, which belong to another without consent. In Connecticut theft crimes can vary in severity from misdemeanors like shoplifting to serious felonies such as grand larceny. Hartford criminal defense attorney Salvatore Bonanno has defended many larceny and theft cases for his clients, including: Shoplifting, Larceny, Robbery, Carjacking, Forgery, Writing bad checks, Identity Theft, Embezzlement, and other crimes.

Traffic Tickets & Infractions

Traffic tickets and violations might seem like simply tedious infractions, but if not handled properly, they can have a lasting impact on your future. A blemished driving record can seriously affect your insurance premiums and sometimes, your ability to maintain your license at all. If you’ve been given a traffic ticket or infraction, an experienced attorney can help keep your driving record clean and save you money.

Violent Crimes

Violent crime convictions carry the most severe consequences in the criminal justice system. A murder or manslaughter charge will drastically change your life and the lives of those around you. If you or a family member have been charged with a violent crime, it is vital that you hire a criminal defense attorney with the experience necessary to give you the best possible defense. Attorney Bonanno has over 30 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer, and has successfully defended clients charged with violent crimes.

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Proven Track Record

Please take a look at our case results page to see how we have successfully defended many clients in different areas of criminal defense.

Connecticut Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Bonanno leads each case individually. You can have peace of mind that you are being personally and professionally represented.

What To Expect From Us

We want you to have complete confidence in us when retaining our services. Here is a synopsis of what you can expect from us.

FAQ's Regarding Criminal Defense in Connecticut

What exactly does it mean when you hear 1st degree, 2nd degree, 3rd degree etc.?

With regard to criminal charges, when you hear 1st Degree, 2nd Degree, 3rd Degree, etc. it refers to the severity of an offense. For example, Assault in the 1st Degree is a more serious offense than Assault in the 2nd Degree; specifically, an Assault 1st carries up to 20 years of jail exposure and is considered a B-Felony while an Assault 2nd Degree carries up to 5 years of jail and is considered a D-Felony or an Assault 3rd Degree carries only up to 1 year of jail and is an A-Misdemeanor. So a bar fight might be just an Assault 3rd, but if in the bar fight someone uses a weapon (e.g., broken beer bottle) and causes a laceration to the person’s arm it would likely be increased to an Assault 2nd degree as it caused a serious injury; if, instead, the person caused an injury with a firearm the charge would likely be an Assault 1st degree as it involved a dangerous weapon and life-threatening injuries.

How can I keep something off my record or have it removed if possible?

There are many ways, for example, if a matter is dropped or dismissed, it is off one’s record; if the person is acquitted a trial, then the person would not have a criminal record. Another way to keep something off one's record is to be granted a diversionary program that is successfully completed; please note that these diversionary programs only apply to specific offenses.  

If one has a criminal record, they may be able to have their recorded clear completely by being granted an Absolute Pardon. The pardon process is involved and is best handled by an attorney.

What age are you still considered a minor with regards to the law? Does the type of charge matter?

As it relates to criminal matters, if you are under 18-years of age, you are a minor and would need to have a parent or guardian involved. If a person is under 16-years of age they are a juvenile. Most juvenile matters are handled in juvenile court, while those involving minors are handled in adult court, in a closed-court proceeding.

Our Skills & Expertise

If you or a family member have recently been arrested for a criminal offense, you are probably filled with questions and anxiety about what’s happening, and more importantly, what could happen. Attorney Salvatore Bonanno has over 30 years of experience as a criminal defense lawyer in Connecticut. He is a knowledgeable litigator and negotiator who is ready to defend you against a broad range of criminal issues. Our office is conveniently located in Hartford CT.

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Trusted Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney Salvatore Bonanno offers straightforward advice and representation to individuals who may be suspected of criminal activity, arrested, or formally charged in Connecticut. At the Law Offices of Salvatore Bonanno, you will talk directly to Attorney Bonanno, not to a junior associate or a paralegal. If you are facing a criminal charge in Connecticut, the criminal justice system can be overwhelming. Will you spend time in jail? Will you lose your job? Will you have a record? Attorney Salvatore Bonanno will answer these questions for you.

The criminal justice system can be overwhelming and an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate it. In his 30+ years of experience, Attorney Bonanno’s results speak for him: satisfied clients, many referrals, and great results! Our office is located in Hartford CT.

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