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Allegations of family violence in Connecticut

Police officers respond to domestic dispute calls on a regular basis. In many cases, these calls result in officers taking a Connecticut resident into custody on allegations of family violence. However, despite the original arrest being made, the allegations may not always be as clear as many may think.

A 26-year-old man was recently taken into custody after he is alleged to have been involved in a domestic dispute with his sister. Police responded to the call and were informed that the man had left the scene of the altercation. The sister alleged that the man had thrown a knife at her, which caused her to suffer a cut to her leg.

Later on, the man returned to the scene and was arrested by police. He has been charged with several criminal offenses, including second degree battery and disorderly conduct. It has not been made clear whether there were any other witnesses or whether police were able to recover the knife that is alleged to have been used in the assault.

An allegation of family violence is often made by one individual when there are no third parties around to provide supporting testimony. On many occasions, these cases boil down to which party is more credible. Attacking the credibility of a complaining witness can be an effective technique in discrediting their testimony before a judge or jury. This may lead a Connecticut prosecutor or judge to dismiss the charges when there is a lack of credible evidence to prove the pending charges. And even if the charges are not dismissed, it could well be that a prosecutor will consequently not be able to sustain their burden of proof, leading to an outright acquittal.

Source: Vernon Patch, "Vernon Weekend Arrest Log," Chris Dehnel, Sept. 4, 2012

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