Mohegan Sun Casino Spousal Abuse Lawyer
Since the Mohegan Tribal Police work very closely with both Connecticut state and United States federal law enforcement bodies, anyone who allegedly acts in a criminally abusive way towards their spouse while visiting the Mohegan Sun Casino will likely face criminal prosecution for that act in Connecticut criminal court. If you are facing accusations along these lines stemming from a casino trip and want to give yourself the best possible chances of securing a favorable case result, contacting and retaining a skilled Mohegan Sun Casino spousal abuse lawyer should be your top priority.
How Does the Penal Code Currently Address “Spousal Abuse?”
The Connecticut Penal Code does not currently define “spousal abuse” as a distinct form of “family violence” or as a unique criminal offense. Instead, someone who commits specific types of crimes targeting their spouse may have their ensuing criminal charge categorized as “family violence,” including but not strictly limited to the offenses listed below:
- Physical Assault;
- Sexual Assault;
- Unlawful Restraining;
- Violation of a Protective Order;
- Disorderly Conduct; and/or
- Breach of the Peace.
In practice, this means that the severity of a spousal abuse accusation can change significantly depending on the form of alleged abuse. For example, Disorderly Conduct is a Class C misdemeanor under Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) § 53a-182, but Physical Assault is prosecuted as either a Class B felony under C.G.S. § 53a-59 or a Class A felony under C.G.S. § 53a-59c if it directly results in the termination of a pregnancy and the loss of the fetus.
It is worth noting as well that while a “family violence” offense designation not enhance the criminal penalties that a court may impose upon conviction, it does dramatically expedite the criminal proceedings and put various other sanctions on the table, specifically, the imposition of a protective order against the defendant before they are convicted of any criminal wrongdoing.
Effectively Contesting Spousal Abuse Allegations
Regardless of the specific charge(s) in play, the most important thing for anyone dealing with spousal abuse accusations stemming from a Mohegan Sun Casino visit to remember is that everything they say can be used against them in court. This does not mean that they should refuse to cooperate with investigators and law enforcement authorities, but it does mean they should be extremely careful about how they answer questions, what information they provide, and who they speak with about the case in general.
This is another area of the legal process where support from a skilled defense lawyer can be invaluable. In addition to providing guidance and legal representation through investigative and pre-trial proceedings, legal counsel can also work on a defendant’s behalf to negotiate with court authorities for favorable terms in protective orders and, if applicable, sentences following a conviction or guilty plea.
Talk to a Mohegan Sun Casino Spousal Abuse Attorney Today
Spousal support allegations should be taken seriously no matter how or where they arise, especially if this is not your first time dealing with accusations of family violence. Fortunately, you have help available to you from knowledgeable legal professionals who have experience handling cases like yours successfully in the past. Call the Law Offices of Mark Sherman today to learn how a Mohegan Sun Casino spousal abuse lawyer can help you, and click here to visit our Avvo profile with over 300 certified reviews from former clients to see what they have to say about working with our team.