Wilton Strangulation Lawyer
If you are facing suffocation charges, it is wise to contact a top Wilton strangulation lawyer as soon as possible. A knowledgeable criminal defense attorney could explain the potential ramifications and help protect your rights while working toward a positive resolution to your charges.
What is Third-Degree Strangulation?
Under Connecticut General Statutes (“C.G.S.”) §53a-64cc, someone is guilty of strangulation in the third degree when they recklessly take another person by the throat or blocks their mouth or nose, restricting blood flow or breathing. No injury is necessary for someone to be convicted of this offense. Reckless conduct, however, has a specific legal meaning, so a Wilton attorney may be able to show that the alleged strangulation did not rise to a level that could be considered “reckless.” As a Class A misdemeanor, third-degree suffication is punishable by up to a year in jail, up to a $2,000 fine, and/or up to 2 years of probation.
What is Suffocation in the Second-Degree?
Under (C.G.S.) §53a-64bb, second-degree strangulation occurs when someone intentionally restricts another person’s breathing or blood flow by taking hold of them by the neck or obstructing their nose or mouth. A Wilton lawyer may be able to argue that someone accused of second-degree strangulation acted negligently or recklessly and therefore lacked the necessary intent for this felony offense. This offense is a Class D felony. It is punishable by up to five years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $5,000, and/or a period of up to 3 years’ probation. This serious felony charge will show up on background checks and can also affect your ability to get housing or secure employment.
What is First-Degree Strangulation?
A person commits first-degree strangulation when certain aggravating factors are present. Some aggravating factors include:
- Using of a dangerous instrument;
- A prior conviction for felony suffication;
- Causing of severe physical injury.
This offense is a Class C felony punishable by a minimum sentence of one year in prison up to a maximum of ten years. Additionally, the court could impose a fine of up to $10,000 and/or impose up to 3 years of probation.
Contact a Wilton Strangulation Attorney Today
If you were arrested for strangulation or suffocation, you need a strong defense. A conviction could lead to serious penalties and create a permanent criminal record that damages your personal and professional reputation.
A Wilton strangulation lawyer could gather and preserve evidence and fight to protect your interests at every step. To learn how an experienced defense lawyer could help you move forward, call Mark Sherman Law and schedule a consultation.