Mohegan Sun Casino Strangulation Lawyer
Even though the Mohegan Sun Casino is located entirely within the Mohegan reservation and is therefore not within the sovereign boundaries of the state of Connecticut, tribal police still work closely with state law enforcement authorities to investigate, arrest, and prosecute people who violate the Connecticut Penal Code while visiting. If you are facing allegations that you strangled someone while on casino property, you should make contacting a Mohegan Sun Casino strangulation lawyer one of your top priorities.
“Degrees” of Strangulation as Defined by State Law
Generally speaking, someone commits the criminal act of “Strangulation” in Connecticut—and therefore, while visiting the Mohegan Sun Casino—if they restrain another person by the neck or throat or obstruct their mouth or nose in such a way that they impede their ability to breathe or their blood circulation. The “degree” of Strangulation offense the perpetrator may then be prosecuted for varies depending on the exact circumstances surrounding their actions.
Someone who recklessly “strangles” another person as defined above without intending to impede their breathing or blood flow has committed Strangulation in the Third Degree as defined under Connecticut General Statutes (C.G.S.) § 53a-64cc. If the perpetrator intended to restrict someone else’s breathing or blood flow by strangling them and then successfully did so, they would likely be prosecuted for Strangulation in the Second Degree under C.G.S. § 53a-64bb.
Finally, if someone commits Strangulation in the Second Degree and, in doing so, causes serious physical injury to the targeted person and/or uses or attempts to use a “dangerous instrument,” they have committed Strangulation in the First Degree and may be prosecuted accordingly under C.G.S. § 53a-64aa. As a Mohegan Sun Casino Strangulation attorney can explain, someone may also face prosecution for Strangulation in the First Degree if they commit Strangulation in the Second Degree after having previously been convicted of a Second- or First-Degree Strangulation offense.
Minimizing the Consequences of a Strangulation Charge
Third-Degree, Second-Degree, and First-Degree Strangulation charges are categorized as a Class A misdemeanor, a Class D felony, and a Class C felony, respectively. This means that a first-time offender could face maximum penalties upon conviction of anywhere from one year in jail and $2,000 in fines to between one and 10 years in prison plus $10,000 in fines, and “persistent” offenders may be subject to even greater sanctions.
Additionally, anyone accused of strangling a family or household member will almost certainly have their charge designated as “family violence,” which will likely lead to a protective order being imposed against them for the duration of their criminal case. Assistance from a Strangulation lawyer experienced with cases involving the Mohegan Sun Casino is crucial when fighting criminal penalties associated with this sort of offense, as well as negotiating for fair terms in a protective order and avoiding the imposition of a standing criminal protective order in the event of a conviction.
Speak With a Mohegan Sun Casino Strangulation Attorney Today
Strangulation offenses tend to be taken more seriously by law enforcement and prosecuted more harshly by court authorities in Connecticut as compared to Simple Assault offenses. Put simply, this is not the type of allegation you want to try fighting without assistance from a legal professional who has a successful track record with similar cases in the past.
Call the Law Offices of Mark Sherman today to learn how a Mohegan Sun Casino Strangulation lawyer can help in your unique situation, and click here to view what our previous clients have said about working with our team.