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What Constitutes a Domestic Violence Charge?

A domestic violence charge can lead to serious repercussions, impacting your career, family, and reputation. Rhode Island legislators responded to the rising frequency of domestic violence matters in our State by creating the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (R.I.G.L. 12-29). Under this act, anyone who is convicted of a domestic violence crime faces severe penalties including jail time, fines and counseling.

In Rhode Island, domestic violence charges can apply to the following relationships:

  • Husbands, wives, or former spouses
  • Adult persons related by blood or marriage
  • Persons who have a child in common
  • Persons who have been engaged
  • Persons in a significant dating relationship (determined by the court)

Those found guilty of a domestic violence crime in Rhode Island face the following enhanced penalties in addition to the penalties imposed for the underling charge.

1st Offense:
  • Attend a twenty (20) week batterer’s intervention program
  • Pay additional assessment fees of $125.00
  • A domestic no-contact order
    • This will prohibit the defendant from contacting the alleged victim in anyway including phone calls, text messages, social media, face to face confrontations, and in-direct contact through another individual.
    • Violation of a domestic no-contact order can result in an additional criminal charge, potential bail violation, and severe penalties.
2nd Offense:
  • Minimum of 10 days in jail and a maximum of up to a year in prison
  • Attend a twenty (20) week batterer’s intervention program
  • Pay additional assessment fees of $125.00
  • Domestic no-contact order
3rd Offense:
  • Minimum of 1-10 years in prison
  • Attend a twenty (20) week batterer’s intervention program
  • Pay additional assessment fees of $125.00
  • Domestic no-contact order

Unfortunately, many people are charged with domestic violence as a result of false accusations over petty arguments, unfavorable divorce rulings, or simple misunderstandings. At Abilheira Law, LLC, we know that these situations often require the right type of legal skill and expertise. That is exactly what our Rhode Island criminal defense lawyers are here to offer. We work diligently to provide the sound legal defense you deserve. Our legal team knows there is always two sides to every story, which is why we take the time to listen to yours.

Arrested? Think you may face charges? Call us today at (401) 245-5100.

What Is Domestic Violence?

Common types of domestic violence charges include:

  • Violation of no-contact or restraining order: Charges may be brought against a person who violates a restraining order by attempting to physically or verbally contact another person.
  • Domestic simple assault: A person is guilty of simple domestic assault when they negligently or purposefully cause bodily injury to another person.
  • Domestic vandalism: Domestic vandalism involves the willful damaging or destroying of property belonging to the defendant’s family or household member with criminal intent.
  • Domestic disorderly conduct: Domestic disorderly conduct is essentially the same as a disorderly conduct charge, but involving the defendant’s family or household members.

If you are facing any of the above charges, call Abilheira Law, LLC to request your consultation. We offer an aggressive legal defense that serves to protect you. We frequently represent individuals accused of domestic violence related to assault and battery, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and violation of protection orders.

Reach Out to Abilheira Law, LLC Today

The Rhode Island domestic violence defense attorneys at Abilheira Law, LLC are on your side and will work to help you avoid the increased punishments associated with domestic violence crimes. In a system where an accusation is often enough to derail your life, you need a skilled and experienced defense lawyer in Rhode Island fighting for you.

Don’t wait any longer to tell us about your charges in a free case evaluation.