Domestic Violence
Defense Attorney in
West Haven, Connecticut

According to the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families, there are approximately 20,000 incidents of family violence each year, resulting in at least one arrest in Connecticut. Domestic violence allegations in the state of Connecticut are serious and could jeopardize your reputation, quality of life, freedom, and future opportunities. If convicted, you could be facing a lengthy prison sentence, massive fines, a restraining order, loss of parenting privileges, and deportation.

If you're under investigation for domestic violence, it is imperative that you work with a highly skilled and aggressive Connecticut criminal defense attorney to build a defense strategy for your case. Here at my firm, Dematteo Legal Solutions, I'm dedicated to offering experienced legal guidance and strong representation to individuals facing domestic violence charges. As your legal counsel, I will investigate all of the surrounding facts of the case, explore all possible legal options, and work to dispute the charges against you so that you can have every chance at a positive outcome.

My firm is proud to serve clients across West Haven, Connecticut, and the surrounding areas of Milford, Meriden, Derby, Middletown, Bridgeport, and New Haven. Call or reach out to my office today to learn more about how I can help you with your case.  

Domestic Violence in Connecticut

Domestic or family violence in the state of Connecticut involves a violent act committed by one family member, household member, or intimate partner against another. Pursuant to Connecticut General Statutes Section 46b-38a(1), family violence can be described as;

"An incident resulting in physical harm, bodily injury or assault, or an act of threatened violence that constitutes fear of imminent physical harm, bodily injury or assault, including, but not limited to, stalking or a pattern of threatening, between family or household members."

It is important to note that verbal abuse or arguments do not constitute family violence unless there is a present danger and the likelihood that physical violence will occur.

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General Provisions of the Law

Many people often wonder how the state defines a “family or household member.” Under Connecticut General Statutes Section 46b-38a(2), family or household members include any of the following persons, regardless of age:

  • Spouses or former spouses
  • Parents or their children
  • Persons related by blood or marriage
  • Persons other than those related by blood or marriage but who presently live together or have lived together
  • Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have ever been married or lived together
  • Persons who are currently in or who have recently been in a dating relationship

Possible Consequences
and Penalties

In the state of Connecticut, crimes involving family violence are not charged separately. Rather, the defendant will face charges for the offense committed. These include:

  • Third-Degree Assault: Punishable by up to a year in prison, probation, and a maximum fine of $2,000.
  • Threatening: Punishable by up to a year in prison, probation, and a maximum fine of $2,000.
  • Strangulation: Punishable by anywhere from one to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000.
  • Sexual Abuse: Punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $15,000.

Other Possible Consequences Include

  • A restraining or protective order against you
  • Loss of rights to possess firearms
  • Mandatory attendance to a Family Violence Educational Program (FVEP)
  • Mandatory participation in the Explore Program
  • Mandatory participation in the Evolve Program twice a week for 26 weeks (totaling 52 sessions)
  • Loss of professional licenses
  • Loss of child custody rights or parenting privileges
  • Loss of employment
  • Difficulty in securing future employment
  • Possible deportation from the United States if you're a non-U.S. citizen
  • Loss of eligibility to run for public office
  • Difficulties in securing housing, public assistance, and professional and educational opportunities

Possible Legal Defenses

When facing domestic violence charges, your attorney can fight those allegations using any of the following defenses:

  • Falsely accused
  • Self-defense
  • Defense of others
  • Defense of property
  • Consent or mutual combat
  • Lack of intent
  • Stand your ground defense
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Error during the investigation
  • Inconsistencies in the evidence
  • The victim's behavior caused the violence

Work With a Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorney

Defending your domestic violence charges without proper guidance or experienced representation can increase your risks of getting convicted and suffering maximum penalties. If convicted, you could face substantial fines, jail time, a restraining order, a loss of custody order, and other life-changing ramifications. Therefore, when facing accusations of domestic violence, retaining a knowledgeable Connecticut criminal defense attorney is a crucial step you can take to help protect your legal rights and defend your freedom.

Here at my firm, Dematteo Legal Solutions, I have the experience and legal resources needed to handle criminal cases and defend individuals who have been accused of domestic violence. As your legal counsel, I can review and investigate the surrounding facts of your case and strategize a strong defense to refute the accusations against you.

Using my extensive knowledge of criminal law, I will help you navigate the Connecticut criminal justice system and advocate for your rights at every phase of the legal process. I will fight diligently to ensure your side of the story is heard so that you can improve your chances of obtaining a positive outcome. Don’t face these challenges on your own. Call or reach out to my firm today to schedule a case consultation.  

Domestic Violence Defense Attorney Serving West Haven, CT

If you are facing domestic violence charges, you are not alone. Contact my firm, Dematteo Legal Solutions, today to schedule a one-on-one case evaluation. I can offer you the experienced legal counsel, reliable advocacy, and aggressive representation you need in your case. I'm proud to serve clients across West Haven, Milford, Meriden, Derby, Middletown, Bridgeport, and New Haven, Connecticut — so call or reach out today to get the help you need!