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Salvatore Bonanno

Salvatore Bonanno

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury

About Me

With Criminal Defense clients, I have plenty of experience. I have handled hundreds of criminal and drunk driving cases. My experience in defending clients charged with criminal and motor vehicle cases is quite expansive. I have tried criminal cases involving serious felonies such as sexual assault, perjury, kidnapping, larceny, and Connecticut RICO violations, with successful results. In addition, I have handled cases involving Attempted Murder, Manslaughter, Narcotics Sale, and other serious matters. Also, I have handled a large number of Drunk Driving cases that included criminal proceedings, and hearings at the Department of Motor Vehicles.


If you, or a family member is arrested, please don't leave anything to chance, or leave it in the hands of someone who has not dealt with the criminal process before.


With Personal Injury clients, I believe that they often need help immediately as they may be unable to work and may not be able to pay medical bills. Although I believe that it is important to secure fast results for his clients, in those cases where the insurance company will not settle, I will not hesitate to initiate litigation, and pursue whatever legal means there are to recover for my clients.


I offer an initial consultation that involves no obligation. The initial consultation gives us an opportunity to discuss the strength of your case, the chances for a recovery, and how much time the matter should take to conclude. Unless you have an attorney who represents you, the insurance company will know that you are not prepared, and may be unlikely to offer fair compensation. Give me the chance to represent you against the insurance company.


Languages Spoken: Italian, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1987

  1. Criminal Defense: 80%
    28 years, 1 thousand cases
  2. DUI & DWI: 15%
    28 years, 500 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 5%
    28 years, 200 cases



Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

17 total 

  • James C Wing

    Sal and I have worked together successfully, usually with Sal concerning himself with the client's criminal charges while I handled school and/or family law related issues. There are several traits common to successful attorneys. I have observed that Sal is intelligent, has attention to detail, prepares well for hearings and meetings, responds promptly to communications and, most importantly, was genuinely concerned for the people we have represented together. When I am unable to accept a criminal or personal injury matter or when it is appropriate for counsel to represent different interests in the same matter, I am pleased to recommend Sal.


    James Wing Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael Charles Doland

    While Mr. Bonanno is relatively new to Avvo his answers are consistently accurate, analytic and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are precisely the qualities that any client would be looking for in hiring an attorney. He also shows exceptional professional courtesy to his fellow Avvo attorneys.


    Michael Doland Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Law Offices of Salvatore Bonanno

67 Russ Street
Hartford, CT, 06106-5408



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Clients Choice, Criminal DefenseAvvo2014
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2014
Top Contributor 2013, Criminal DefenseAvvo2013
Criminal LawLead Counsel2013

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerDiPentima & Bonanno1990 - 1991
OwnerLaw Offices of Salvatore Bonanno1989 - Present
AssociateAlfano, Halloran & Flynn1987 - 1989

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Hartford County Bar AssociationCo-Chair of Criminal Justice Committee2014 - Present
Hartford County Bar AssociationN/A1987 - Present
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
State v. Joseph SmithNot guilty
State v. Henry PriceNot guilty
State v. Albert HigginsNot guilty

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Publication NameTitleDate
Avvo GuidesTips for Securing an Erasure of Arrest Paperwork in Connecticut2013

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Quinnipiac University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Fairfield UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1983

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
"Law Talk" - WTIC 1080 AMCriminal Law2014
Northland Insurance employeesFleet Coverage, Un-Insured Under-Insured1996