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Connecticut men face criminal charges after assaulting police

When people are defending themselves against charges, it is good for them to be aware of the public impression of certain types of accusations. An accusation of a behavior that is considered beyond the pale can make a case much more difficult to defend. People can be accused of crimes that may not have serious penalties but still have a significant impact on how the public views that person. An effective defense to such criminal charges may be supported by a good understanding of the relevant Connecticut law.

Two brothers got into a fight outside of a restaurant in Connecticut. When the police came, the two men got into a physical altercation with them. It is not clear if the two men were the only participants in the original fight.

Each of the men was charged with assault of a police officer, among other charges. In addition, one of the men was charged with cruelty to animals when he grabbed a police dog by the neck. Although only one of the men received the additional charge, each received the same amount for bail. Both were released on $10,000 bail pending an upcoming arraignment.

The charge of attacking the dog did not increase the bail amount, which may indicate that it is not considered a very serious crime. Still, many people would look askance at someone who was said to have attacked a dog. Even if the man was merely defending himself, the criminal charges may be difficult to answer to in court. A good understanding of the law and how to explain the circumstances may enable this man from Connecticut, and others like him, to put on a good defense.

Source:, "Two men arrested in Milford fracas," Feb. 18, 2013

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