What is considered third-degree assault in Connecticut?


According to the Connecticut General Assembly, third-degree assault is discussed in chapter 952 of the Connecticut Penal Code. Assault in the third degree is a class A misdemeanor. Connecticut attorney Erin Field explains that it is defined as intentionally causing injury or recklessly causing serious injury. With criminal negligence, it is defined as causing serious physical injury with a deadly weapon.

According to the CGA website, in Connecticut, assault is categorized into three different levels depending on the intent, how much harm is caused, who the victim is, and whether or not a weapon is used. First-degree assault is the most serious type and includes assault with a deadly weapon, whereas third-degree assault is the least serious and thus typically has the least serious penalty.

Erin Field further explains that the penalty for assault in the third degree is up to one year in prison and up to a $2,000 fine. When the conviction is assault in the third degree with a weapon, a one-year prison term is a mandatory minimum, but the fine is the same. A one-year minimum prison term is also sometimes mandatory if the assault is on a pregnant woman, blind person, Department of Corrections employee or prison official, even if a weapon is not used. Assault with a motor vehicle falls into a separate category and carries additional penalties.

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