Stamford Assault Investigations
Stamford assault investigations are conducted by the Stamford Police Department. The Stamford Police Department will typically receive a report from someone who either calls or comes into the police station. An individual might have an attorney that calls on their behalf before the police department looks into it.
An officer will usually go to the house and speak to the person who made the report and take a statement from that person. The police will take statements from any other people who might have witnessed the incident and, if it is warranted, they will make an arrest.
If you are facing charges as a result of a Stamford assault investigation, an experienced Stamford assault lawyer can assist you in creating a defense for your case.
Evidence and Eye Witnesses
Stamford assault investigations usually include medical records, statements from eye witnesses, statements from the person reporting it, and from the victim directly. The prosecution might even contact eye witnesses and speak to them as well. On occasion, eye witnesses go missing and that is helpful to the defense. Sometimes the defense attorney will hire a private investigator to contact these individuals separately and see if they have any statements that are in line what they reported to the police.
For example, neighbors may report that they hear really loud arguing and make serious accusations to the police that they thought someone got pushed. The defense will hire an investigator to speak to that neighbor to see if what they say now is the same as what they reported that night. Sometimes neighbors move and cannot be found, and what they said might not have been accurate. What this means is if this case were to go to trial, the State would not have that witness because they would not be able to find them either. That would be helpful to the defendant.
Stamford Investigations and Arrests
The police will take statements from any other people who might have witnessed the incident and, if it is warranted, they will make an arrest. Stamford assault investigations are thorough and usually involve interviewing any parties involved in the incident, and any parties that witnessed the incident. The scene of the assault is also thoroughly investigated by Stamford police.
If police are called to a home to investigate a domestic violence assault, they will conduct a sweep of the home and interview anyone present in the home. An officer might additional charges if a child is present in the home, even if that child was asleep at the time of the incident. In this scenario, protective orders are usually entered to protect the person who was assaulted as well as any children at home during the time of the assault.
Charging An Assault
Stamford assault investigations need to prove that an assault took place. This means the prosecutor must prove the Defendant intended to cause someone a physical injury, and that a physical injury occurred. The infliction of an emotional injury is only handled in civil court. A Defendant can be charged with three varying levels of assault, depending on how severe the injury is.
A Defendant can be charged with three varying levels of assault, depending on how severe the injury is. If the Defendant slaps someone, even if the slap causes no physical mark, the Defendant will be charged with Third-degree assault. If a Defendant causes a broken bone, they will be charged with Second-degree assault. If the Defendant breaks someone’s bone with a deadly weapon, they will be charged with a First-degree assault charge.
In Stamford assault investigations, the defendant should attend private counseling and go as many times as possible before their court date. The defendant should provide the court with proof that they have been going through this anger management counseling or couple counseling and it might become a mitigating factor in the case.