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Salvatore Bonanno

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


  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:

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  • Lyle Dickson

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  • Paul H. McConnell

    Sal is a tremendous criminal defense attorney. He was always meticulously prepared and exceptionally proficient. Sal is among the finest attorneys I've ever come across. I highly recommend him for any type of case.


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Contact info

Law Offices of Salvatore Bonanno

67 Russ Street
Hartford, CT, 06106-5408


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
OwnerLaw Offices of Salvatore Bonanno1989 - Present
PartnerDiPentima & Bonanno1990 - 1991
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