State Rep. Brenda Kupchick walked free from a Bridgeport courtroom Wednesday after state prosecutors dropped domestic violence charges against her.

"We feel this is the appropriate way to resolve this case," Senior Assistant State's Attorney Kevin Dunn told Judge Melanie Cradle in nolling, or dropping, the case against the Fairfield Republican, who had been accused of assaulting her younger sister following a family picnic in August.

Later, outside the Golden Hill Street courtroom in Bridgeport, Kupchick stood by smiling as her lawyer, John Ryan, addressed the media.

"We worked within the system to reach a resolution that will hopefully result in neither party being back in the courtroom again," Ryan said.

Asked the cause of the incident, Ryan would only say, "Things happen in a family and we will leave it at that."

Kupchick, 48, an advocate in the General Assembly for tough domestic violence laws, was charged Aug. 17 with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct following a fight with her sister, Lisa Fabrizi, 42, following a family picnic at Kupchick's Farist Road home. Police said Kupchick attacked her sister, scratching Fabrizi's face.

Police said the dispute briefly turned physical about 10:30 p.m. Saturday as Kupchick attempted to "prevent her sister from doing something not in her best interest," according to the report on the incident.

On Wednesday morning, Kupchick emerged from a standing-room only crowd of domestic violence defendants in the courtroom when her name was called and stood before the judge with her lawyer.

She nodded her head in agreement when the judge asked her if she were aware she could be prosecuted again on the charges if she is arrested a second time within the year. If no other action is taken on the case within 13 months, it case is automatically dismissed.

Dunn told the judge the case is being handled like any other domestic violence case.

"Miss Kupchick felt at the time she was protecting her two young nieces so it is not a case that we are interested in prosecuting because of those circumstances," he said.

Police sources said Kupchick believed her sister was intoxicated and about to drive home with her children in her car.