Mohegan Sun Casino Assault in the Third Degree
Were you charged with assault in the third degree at Mohegan Sun Casino? A criminal defense lawyer could explain the potential ramifications and fight tirelessly for a positive resolution of your charges.
What is Assault in the Third Degree?
There are three situations that constitute Assault in the Third Degree under Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) §53a-61.
Under the first subsection, intending to cause physical injury to another person and actually causing someone physical injury constitutes a violation. Under this section, it does not matter if the person you intended to hurt isn’t the person who actually suffered physical injury.
Under the second subsection, recklessly causing serious physical injury to another person constitutes a violation. Note that this injury is more severe than in the first subsection and you don’t need to have intended to cause harm.
Under the third subsection, when an individual causes harm to another person by way of a deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, or electronic defense weapon like a taser, they may be charged with Assault in the Third Degree. In this situation, the person must use the deadly weapon, dangerous instrument, or electronic defense weapon in a criminally negligent manner.
What is Criminal Negligence?
C.G.S. §53a-3 defines criminal negligence as failing to take note of a “substantial and unjustifiable risk” that something will happen. This risk must be so extreme that failing to recognize it “constitutes a gross deviation from the standard of care that a reasonable person would observe in the situation.”
What is a Serious Physical Injury?
Under C.G.S. §53a-3(4), a serious physical injury is one which causes:
- Serious disfigurement
- Serious loss of function of a bodily organ
- Substantial risk of death
- Serious impairment of health
What is Recklessness?
Under C.G.S. §53a-3(13) person will be considered to act recklessly when they consciously disregard a substantial and unjustifiable risk of causing a certain outcome. Ignoring the risk must constitute a gross deviation from reasonable behavior.
What are the Penalties for Third-Degree Assault in CT?
Third-degree assault is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year of imprisonment and a fine as high as $2,000.
Moreover, those convicted face a host of unwelcome consequences that could cause problems for many years to come. A conviction for any type of assault shows up in criminal background checks that can be viewed by virtually anyone.
Dealing with Mohegan Sun Casino Assault in the Third Degree
The presence of a violent crime on your record could make employers, landlords, lenders, and others think twice before working with you. Even an arrest can cause difficulties if you do not take action to have it expunged from your record. If you were arrested for assault in the third degree at Mohegan Sun Casino, call Mark Sherman Law for a consultation. Check out what prior clients have to say about working with us here.