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Salvatore Bonanno

Criminal defense Attorney at Hartford, CT

5.0   64 reviews
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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About Salvatore

Learn Salvatore’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney is not only stressful but critical. You need to hire someone who is; experienced, well respected, will protect your rights at all times, and who has a long-standing track record of successful outcomes. Top-Rated

    37 years, 1,000 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    40%
    If you or a family member have been charged with a DUI, you need to secure a lawyer with years of experience dealing with prosecutors, judges, and juries. Don't leave anything to chance or in the hands of someone who doesn't have the experience.

    37 years, 500 cases

HAVE YOU OR A LOVED ONE BEEN INVOLVED IN A SERIOUS CASE, CHARGE, OR ACCUSATION? YOU NEED A CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY WITH YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF RESULTS IN THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT. ATTORNEY BONANNO IS A TOP-RATED CRIMINAL DEFENSE AND DUI ATTORNEY.

With Criminal Defense clients, I have years of successful 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 has been 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.

Awards

Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Client's Choice 2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014
Client's Choice
2019 2018 2017 + 3 ...
Top Contributor 2013,2012
Top Contributor
2013 2012

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Location

Law Offices of Salvatore Bonanno
67 Russ Street
Hartford, CT, 06106-5408

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2019
Client's Choice
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Posted by G. | August 23, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
A great lawyer!
I never thought I would go through these difficult times. I did not know what to do and saw my future with great uncertainty. The first time I spoke to Sal I immediately felt calm and hopeful. During the process Sal always kept me informed, always had time to answer all my questions and always discussed with me the steps to follow. Thanks Sal for your help you are an excellent professional.
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Posted by anonymous | January 24, 2018
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DUI
Really professional, smart and trustworthy. Works hard to get you the best possible outcome. I was very thankful to have hired him as my lawyer.
Posted by KEVIN | May 8, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Attorney Bonanno gets results!
Attorney Salvatore Bonanno was able to resolve my case with a favorable outcome in very little time. I found Attorney Bonnano to be clear, concise, and always a professional who knows the law and gets results!
Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2022
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Salvatore Bonanno - DUI Review
I live in MA and was arrested in CT for DUI. Fortunately, my web search for a CT lawyer put me in contact with Sal. From the minute I spoke with him he was not only knowledgeable but extremely clear and concise and above all HONEST!! His proactive approach kept me confident that was being represented by the best. I was facing mandatory jail time but ended up with only probation. At the end of the day Sal will not only fight with no false promises but he cares! Thanks Sal !!
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Posted by David | February 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding experience
If such a thing can be said about a a DUI. Mr Bonanno managed to get my DUI dismissed and avoid community service. He represented me in my absence on 2 occasions. Super easy to work with. He’s the honest, down to earth, brass tacks type of attorney you need should your find yourself in this “situation”
Posted by Chris | November 20, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Service and Representation
After an arrest for DUI in July of 2019, I was both scared and embarrassed. I did a search on Google for the best DUI attorneys in Connecticut and I came upon Mr. Bonanno. Retaining his services was the best decision I could have made. He knew everyone at the Court. He was kind, compassionate and straight-forward. Mr. Bonanno guided me through the process every step of the way. Hopefully I am never in that situation again. But if I was, I would immediately call Mr. Bonanno again. I can't thank him enough.
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Posted by Sandy | May 27, 2020
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Felony
In june 2017, I was charged with credit card fraud , my daughter went on the internet to find a lawyer when she came across Sal, we have no regrets ,as my first time offence ,it was the scariest moment of my life, Sal gave me the reassurance I need, while busy fighting my battle for my freedom. He was a to get me on a program. Today I am free , all charges dismissed..i will forever grateful. Thanks Sal.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2020
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Best choice!
A DUI can be daunting, overwhelming, scary and frustrating; but in all of the chaos the BEST decision I made was hiring Sal as my legal defense. He went above and beyond for me and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. Sal you’re a great guy and an amazing Lawyer!
Posted by Gary A | March 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney!!
Sal is the best attorney around hands down!! Sal told me what the plan was and was completely upfront on what he was going to do and what would work and not work so we didn't waste any time..He told me what I had to do on my part and I did exactly what he said and both my charges were DISMISSED!! Thank you Sal so much!!!
Posted by Julie | December 22, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
He really is the best!
Sal was very helpful, professional and responsive. He’s respected in the court and knows what needs to be done to get the best possible outcome. He did a great job and eased my stress from a tough situation.
Posted by anonymous | December 13, 2019
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Great Lawyer, Better person
He was great with my case, very down to earth. Reliable and was also very honest with me, highly recommend Sal
Posted by Tommy | November 13, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Big thanx to Sal!!!
I can’t thank Sal enough for his representation. He spent countless hours on my case and gave me a sense of comfort through the whole process. when it came time for sentencing, Sals years of experience really showed in court how he laid out my case perfectly with a result that allowed me to be a free man. Sal gave me back my life!!! He’s not just an Attorney, he’s certainly my friend! God Bless!
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Posted by Byan | October 24, 2019
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Very Satisfied
Attorney Sal was excellent at representing me. I was scared at first when I was arrested for a crime I did not commit, but after speaking with Attorney Sal I was able to start sleeping at night. Also the GPS monitor I was wearing he had it removed. Considering that the 20 years of prison time I was about to serve was reduced to no jail time or probation I would say he did an excellent job.
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Posted by Al | May 24, 2019
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Al D.
Sal was couteous, thorough and helped me get a DUI coviction dismissed. He also had my evading charge reduced to an improper turn. I highly recomend this attorney.
Posted by Cliff | January 18, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
True Professional
A family member was facing serious felony charges so we were in need of an attorney but not just any "ole" attorney. After our initial consultation with Sal we were 100% confident that he was "THE GUY" He tells it like it is. He doesn't sugarcoat things. He is a great communicator, confident in his abilities, honest, and he worked his ass off to get us the best possible disposition. Sal was always available whether it was text, phone, or email. One thing that always stood out to me was Sal's rapport with the people in the Courthouse from the State Prosecutors, Judges, and other attorneys. It was obvious that he is well respected and has a mutual understanding and connection in this fellowship. In the end, Sal was able to have ALL the charges dropped and my family and I have our lives back.
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Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2018
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Review for Sal
Sal was so great during this difficult time. Got the outcome I wanted. He was so kind and professional. Couldn’t ask for a better lawyer. Thank you!!
Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2018
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Gregory Smith
Sal was great through the whole DUI process. Answered all my questions pretty quickly. Case was dismissed so that was a huge plus, however I think it would have been dismissed with most lawyers. Sal mostly just made me feel comfortable.
Posted by Nicholas | November 27, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Extreme Professionalism
Salvatore Bonanno is extremely proficient and comfortable to work with every step of the way, approaching my case with surgical precision. He is highly educated and can navigate the legal system with confidence. He is well respected in the legal community, as he should be due to his professionalism. I endorse Sal 110%.
Posted by anonymous | July 13, 2018
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Fernando
Sal was an absolute great attorney to have by my side. He guided me and my wife through every obstacle. He informed us about my case the possibilities and told us everything would get resolved and everything got resolved exactly how he said. Honest, upfront, fast, calming and thorough.
Posted by Kyle | June 12, 2018
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Top Connecticut Defense Attorney
Attorney Bonanno is dedicated, very intelligent, and respected throughout the court system in Connecticut. He leaves no stone unturned with his attention to detail. I had a messy legal situation that seemed to be spiraling out of control, but we were able to resolve it when the judge granted me a program even though the prosecutor made a motion to block me from it. Today I have no criminal record and I am very thankful for Attorney Bonanno's service. I highly recommend Attorney Bonanno to anybody who wants the best possible outcome in their legal battles.
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Resume

AVVO RATING 9.8 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Salvatore Bonanno
  • 1989 - Present
  • Partner
  • DiPentima & Bonanno
  • 1990 - 1991
  • Associate
  • Alfano, Halloran & Flynn
  • 1987 - 1989

Education

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Fairfield University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State v. DeJesus
  • Dismissed
  • State v. Kim
  • Dismissed
  • State of Connecticut v. Carrasquillo
  • All charges dropped.
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Associations

  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Co-Chair of Criminal Justice Committee
  • 2014 - 2018
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2019

Languages Spoken

  • Italian
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2018
  • Clients Choice, Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor 2013, Criminal Defense
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Criminal Law
  • Lead Counsel
  • 2013
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Publications

  • Avvo Guides
  • Tips for Securing an Erasure of Arrest Paperwork in Connecticut
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • "Law Talk" - WTIC 1080 AM
  • Criminal Law
  • 2014
  • Northland Insurance employees
  • Fleet Coverage, Un-Insured Under-Insured
  • 1996

Attorney endorsements

Received (19)
Given (19)
Endorse Salvatore
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Simply said, Salvatore is a great DUI lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Bonanno and his team responded to my client's needs without hesitation, and beyond normal work hours during a crisis needing strategy, tactics and action. Attorney Bonanno answered the call brilliantly. He is an excellent counselor and advocate."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Salvatore. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Bonnano. He represents his clients with zeal and works diligently for them."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is well respected in the Connecticut legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Bonanno is an aggressive lawyer who fights to his clients the best results possible. He is well-respected by both his clients and his peers in the legal community, and I have no hesitation in endorsing him."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend this attorney. Very intelligent and very thorough when analyzing legal issues! Compassionate with clients and aggressive with legal issues! 5 STARS!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Bonanno has the knowledge and experience to do an excellent job as your attorney. He advocates zealously for all his client's and that is why he wins."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sal is a regular and thorough contributor for those seeking advice. His advice is spot on and he is a zealous advocate for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Bonanno is a well respected attorney. He is to be commended for dedicating himself to helping others free of charge by taking his valuable time to assist those who may not be in a position to help themselves by providing sound counsel on public forums such as AVVO. His dedication to the profession of law is apparent as is his compassion for those in need of legal services."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I whole heartedly endorse Attorney Bonann! It becomes apparent in reviewing the questions Mr. Bonnano has responded to on Avvo that he has a keen ability to tackle difficult legal issues in a concise, through, logical, common sense manner and by doing so he clearly demonstrates his dedication to serving his clients and the community. He consistently demonstrates the necessary skills and attributes to serve any client well!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Salvatore understands the game, he will fight for your rights, give him a call today."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Sal for many years. Sal approaches his cases in a practical way in order to achieve the best result for his client. Sal understands complex legal concepts and uses his outstanding legal abilities to leverage the best outcomes for his clients. Sal is an exceptional attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I strongly endorse this lawyer. He has the skills, experience and judgment that make him a strong advocate for his clients. I have referred criminal defendant clients to him for many years. He is a great person, understands the issues that confront his clients and works hard to gain a positive result. An excellent attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"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."
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Hartford Criminal defense Lawyer Salvatore Bonanno
Salvatore Bonanno
Criminal defense Attorney
Hartford, CT
Licensed for 36 years