Domestic violence in Connecticut is defined as violence or abuse such as physical or verbal assault that occurs between people living in the same household or people in a relationship who do not live together. In many situations, a domestic violence arrest arises because of a separation or divorce situation or the altercation leads to the decision to separate or divorce.
Allegations of domestic violence will affect every aspect of a divorce and the courts take these charges very seriously. Not only can this type of charge alter child custody arrangements, but property division and other financial aspects of a divorce action.
At Bellenot & Boufford, LLC, we take quick action to protect your interests in family and criminal court when a domestic violence situation arises. We have over 22 years of experience handling cases for clients in Fairfield County, New Haven County and the surrounding areas of Connecticut. We will put our experience to work for you, so you can find peace of mind.
Whether the altercation involves yelling or physical violence, even a misdemeanor charge can be classified as domestic violence. Often, once someone is arrested they are ordered by the police to stay away from the house or the other person. This means you cannot call, e-mail, text or even relay a message to them through another person. It is critical that you adhere to this warning because if you violate a protective or temporary restraining order you can be arrested and charged with a felony for this violation.
If you are arrested for domestic abuse or spousal abuse, you must be presented to the judge by the next business day. There is a separate docket for domestic violence cases and the prosecutors assigned to these cases monitor the situations very carefully. You will also be required to meet with:
- A representative from the family service department
- You may have to meet with the probation department
- Someone from the victim's advocate office
- Members of different programs, if this becomes relevant
If you are charged with any type of crime that involves domestic violence, it is crucial that you speak with one of our Connecticut domestic violence attorneys right away. We can help you deal with the protective order. We can also help you manage the case in a number of different ways, including trying to get you into a program that you can complete instead of facing prosecution.
Our lawyers understand that these cases are extremely emotional and we are here to help you make smart decisions. It is also advantageous to have a firm like ours on your side that can handle both the criminal and family law components of your situations. We can coordinate concerning visitation and other issues.
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When you contact our law firm located in Danbury, Connecticut, for a free initial phone consultation, you will get to discuss your case with an experienced attorney right away. We will give you the meaningful information you need to decide how you want to proceed with your case. We want to give you peace of mind from the very start.