Experienced Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers Serving all of Rhode Island

Serving Barrington, Warren, Providence, Cranston, Newport, Bristol, Warwick, East Providence, Pawtucket, and all of Rhode Island

Unfortunately, many people are charged with domestic violence as a result of false accusations over petty arguments, unfavorable divorce rulings, or simple misunderstandings. Our dedicated attorneys know that these situations often require the right type of legal skill and expertise. That is exactly what our Rhode Island domestic violence 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) 375-9894.

What Is Domestic Violence?

In Rhode Island, the Domestic Violence Prevention Act is codified under Rhode Island General Laws Chapter 12-29.  This Act defines a domestic violence crime as a crime committed by one family or household member against another.

What relationships are classified as domestic?

  • Husbands, wives, or former spouses
  • Adult persons related by blood or marriage like siblings and parents
  • Persons who have a child in common
  • Persons who have lived together during the last three (3) years
  • Persons who have been engaged or in a significant dating relationship within the last one (1) year

In order to determine whether a relationship is classified as a “significant dating relationship” the court will look at the following factors:

  • The length of time of the relationship;
  • The type of the relationship;
  • The frequency of the interaction between the parties.

What offenses can be charged as domestic violence crimes?

Under Rhode Island law, the following crimes can be charged under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act:

If you are facing any of the above charges, call us to request your consultation. We offer an aggressive legal defense that serves to protect you. We have successfully represented hundreds of individuals accused of domestic violence related to assault and battery, sexual assault, harassment, stalking, and violation of protection orders.

Domestic Violence Penalties in Rhode Island

A domestic violence charge can lead to serious repercussions, impacting your career, family, reputation, freedom, and gun rights. Under the Rhode Island Domestic Violence Prevention Act (R.I.G.L. 12-29), anyone who is convicted of a domestic violence crime faces severe penalties including jail time, fines and counseling in addition to the penalties imposed for the underling charge.

1st Offense:

  • Misdemeanor
  • Up to one year in jail
  • Attend a forty (40) hour, 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:

  • Misdemeanor
  • Minimum of 10 days in jail and a maximum of up to a year in prison
  • Attend a forty (40) hour, twenty (20) week batterer’s intervention program
  • Pay additional assessment fees of $125.00
  • Domestic no-contact order

3rd Offense:

  • Felony
  • Minimum of 1-10 years in prison
  • Attend a forty (40) hour, twenty (20) week batterer’s intervention program
  • Pay additional assessment fees of $125.00
  • Domestic no-contact order

Domestic Violence Charges and Gun Rights

In addition to the above mentioned penalties, those who are sentenced under the Domestic Violence Prevention Act, may also be required to forfeit their firearm rights even if they enter a plea or are convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence crime.

Reach Out to Our Rhode Island Domestic Violence Attorney Today

Our Rhode Island domestic violence defense attorneys 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.