Trusted & Experienced Rhode Island Sexual Assault Defense Lawyers

In our justice system, there are few crimes where the allegation alone is enough to destroy a family, a career and a reputation. Unfortunately, for those charged with a sexual crime in Rhode Island, these impacts can be immediate and long lasting. If you or a loved one has been questioned, investigated or charged with a sex crime, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Rhode Island sexual assault defense lawyer immediately.

At Abilheira Law, LLC our attorneys have the skill, experience and resources to represent you or a loved one against sexual assault charges. When a conviction can result in a lengthy period of incarceration, mandatory registration as a sex offender in your community and mandatory counseling, you need someone in your corner fighting for you.

Sexual Assault & Child Molestation Defense Attorneys

Two of the most commonly prosecuted sex crimes are sexual assault and child molestation. Both sexual assault and child molestation can be categorized based on degree of severity. What degree you are charged with depends on a number of factors including the nature of the assault and the age of the victim.

In Rhode Island, a sexual assault is divided into 1st, 2nd or 3rd degree:

  • First degree sexual assault is also known as rape and is a very serious felony carrying the most severe penalties of any sex crime.
  • Second degree sexual assault includes situations where the alleged perpetrator engages in sexual contact with someone who is mentally incapacitated or uses force or coercion.
  • Third degree sexual assault is also known as statutory rape and occurs when an adult engages in sexual intercourse with someone between 14 and 16 years old.

Child molestation can be categorized into two different degrees, 1st and 2nd. Second degree child molestation includes situations where the accused allegedly touches a child’s intimate body parts without penetration. First degree child molestation is vigorously prosecuted by the State and includes situations where the accused penetrated the anus, vagina or mouth of a child under the age of fourteen.

Avoid a Conviction at All Costs

Our dedicated Rhode Island criminal defense attorneys will take the time necessary to investigate your charges, prepare a thorough and tailored defense and fight to defend your freedom. When your future is on the line, speak with our firm for the aggressive defense you need!

Contact Abilheira Law today—(401) 245-5100!