Connecticut Senate to Consider Knockout Game Bill
Connecticut legislators are looking to make the knockout game an official crime statewide. The “game” refers to a situation in which a victim is hit over the head without any provocation, the goal of which is for the victim to lose consciousness. If passed, the bill would treat accused individuals in a manner similar to those facing assault charges.
The legislation would institute the crime as a Class D felony and a mandatory minimum two-year sentences. Those aged 16 and 17 would be transferred to the adult system if accused of participating. While the attacks are rare, legislators believe that stipulating this as a crime will help to cut down on the racial overtones that have played out in past attacks.
Some representatives are opposed to law, arguing that there are not enough details that 16 or 17 year olds are engaged in the game in Connecticut and that the act simply does not happen enough to warrant statewide handling of the situation. Law enforcement agencies vary with regard to their reporting, so it’s difficult to get accurate data about how many victims have suffered.
Assault charges in Connecticut are serious. They are classified by degree depending on the intent of the accused, the severity of the risks, and the means used to cause the injury. First degree charges are the most serious, but second degree charges are also felonies. Although assault in the third degree is a misdemeanor, the consequences can include incarceration for up to one year, probation, community service, and fines up to $2,000.
If you have been charged with assault in Connecticut, you need to speak with an attorney sooner rather than later. Exercise your rights for legal representation as early as possible in your case to ensure that your side of the story is shared. Contact a Connecticut criminal defense attorney today.