Domestic Violence Charges in Rhode Island

Posted by April Picozzi | Apr 09, 2020 | 0 Comments

A charge involving domestic violence is not one which should be taken lightly, as there are severe penalties for conviction of such a charge. Going through life with a domestic violence charge on your criminal record can be extremely difficult, as such a charge can have a devastating impact on your life and livelihood.

If you've been charged with domestic violence, Imnan & Tourgee's criminal defense attorneys are here to help. 

What is Considered Domestic Violence in Rhode Island? 

In Rhode Island, a person can be charged with domestic violence if he commits any of seventeen crimes listed in the state's domestic violence statute toward a "family or household member." These crimes include: 

  • Domestic assault
  • Domestic disorderly conduct
  • Domestic homicide
  • Domestic sexual assault
  • Domestic harassment and stalking/cyberstalking

It's important to note that a person does not have to be married in order to be charged with domestic violence. In Rhode Island, a domestic violence charge can stem from a crime committed against any of the following relationships: 

  • A current spouse
  • An ex-spouse
  • A current or former ex-fiancee
  • A girlfriend or boyfriend with which you have a "substantive" dating relationship
  • Someone who you cohabitate with
  • A relative by blood or marriage
  • The mother or father of your child, even if you do not live together

Implications of a Domestic Violence Conviction

An escalation of a crime to that of domestic violence is a serious distinction, as a person convicted of a charge involving domestic violence can face an increased prison sentence. Domestic violence-related charges can carry additional repercussions which would not normally accompany an ordinary criminal charge. 

If you have been arrested for domestic violence, you will have been issued a no-contact order. The name speaks for itself--a no-contact order prohibits you from communicating with the alleged victim in any way. Violation of a no-contact order will subject you to a new charge. 

In addition to no-contact orders, a victim of certain domestic violence charges such as assault and harassment can apply for a temporary restraining order. This means that if you are charged with such a crime, you would not be able to come within a certain distance of the person you are accused of harming. 

No matter what domestic violence charge you may be facing, it's critical to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible so that you can formulate a plan of action to defend against your charge. 

Charged with Domestic Violence in Rhode Island? We're Here to Help

If you have are facing a domestic violence charge in the state of Rhode Island, it's critical to secure legal representation from a seasoned criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The team of attorneys at Inman & Tourgee have the experience you need to fight your charge. We understand that there are two sides to every story, and are standing by to listen to yours. To speak with a member of our legal team about your domestic violence charge, fill out an online contact form or call (401) 823-9200 today. 

About the Author

April Picozzi

PUBLIC ADJUSTER / OPERATIONS & FINANCE MANAGER April M. Picozzi joined the firm in 2013 as a licensed Independent Adjuster and legal assistant to Mark D. Tourgee, Esq. She handles all aspects of personal injury claims including client intake, maintaining client files, negotiating settlements and assi...


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