While both violent and non-violent crimes can have serious consequences, though the penalties associated with the former are often more severe. If you have been charged with a crime, you should understand how Connecticut categorizes it and what repercussions you could face.
According to the State of Connecticut Judicial Branch, the following are considered crimes of violence:
- Murder and manslaughter
- Assault in the first or second degree and sexual assault
- Robbery and burglary
- Riot in the first degree
The law states that even the attempt to commit any of these crimes is also classified as violent, even if a person was not harmed. It is also possible for a seemingly non-violent crime to be escalated to a violent act. For example, if someone coerces another person to commit fraud under the threat of harm, it is possible to be charged with a violent crime.
In Connecticut, people convicted of a violent crime could face years, even decades in prison. In most cases, these crimes are considered felonies and will carry lifelong consequences. For example, if you are found guilty of sexual assault in the first degree, Connecticut law dictates that you could receive at least 10 years in prison. Additionally, the crime is a felony, which will be part of your permanent record and cause difficulty when you apply for a job or housing. Lastly, most sex crimes require that the guilty party register as a sex offender with the state.
Due to the extreme consequences, a violent crimes charge should not be taken lightly. While this information may be useful, it should not be taken as legal advice.