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If you have been arrested and charged with a domestic violence crime in Warwick, Rhode Island, call the experienced Warwick Domestic Violence attorneys at Abilheira Law today and let our lawyers be your bridge to justice!

Warwick RI Domestic Violence Attorneys

Warwick is the second largest city in Rhode Island and like most large cities, it has an equally large police department, who is eager to arrest for domestic violence crimes.  Whether you live in the Pawtuxet, Warwick Neck, Bald Hill or Oakland Beach neighborhoods, you could find yourself on the other end of a domestic violence allegation.

Mandatory Arrests in Warwick Domestic Violence Crimes

When a Warwick police officer is called to a reported domestic violence crime, they are obligated to make an arrest under Rhode Island General Laws 12-29-3 if they have probable cause to believe a domestic violence crime has been perpetrated.  This requires Warwick police officers to make an important and sometimes detrimental decision: who is the victim and who is the wrongdoer.  Surprisingly, even when two family members allegedly assault one another, the police officer will still need to determine who the “primary aggressor” was.  Don’t let an officer’s bad judgment call lead to a lifelong domestic violence conviction.  Call the aggressive Warwick domestic violence lawyers at Abilheira Law today and let our attorneys go to work for you!

Domestic Violence Charges in Warwick, Rhode Island

Warwick police officers routinely charge the following domestic violence crimes:

If you have been accused and arrested for a domestic violence crime in Warwick, contact the experienced Domestic Violence Lawyers at Abilheira Law today!

Prosecution of Domestic Violence Crimes in Rhode Island

If you have been arrested for a domestic violence misdemeanor in Warwick, your case will be prosecuted by the Warwick City Solicitor in the Kent County District Court located at 222 Quaker Lane in Warwick, Rhode Island.

If you have been arrested for a domestic violence felony in Warwick, your case will be prosecuted by the Attorney General in the Kent County Superior Court, also located at 222 Quaker Lane in Warwick, Rhode Island.

With the increased publicity and scrutiny on domestic violence cases, prosecutors from both the City Solicitor’s and Attorney Generals’ offices are zealous in their prosecution of domestic violence crimes.  Prosecutors will seek to impose jail sentences, probation, counseling, and other harsh sentences on those that they feel have committed crimes against family and household members. You need a defense attorney in your corner who can fight for your rights and defend these charges.

Defenses to Domestic Violence Crimes in Rhode Island

The criminal defense attorneys at Abilheira Law regularly fight domestic violence charges in Rhode Island and can determine the appropriate strategy to fight against your unique allegation.  Some common domestic violence defense strategies include:

  • Challenging the existence of a “domestic” relationship under Rhode Island law.
    • Some relationships can clearly lead to a domestic charge. These include:
      • Spouses and former spouses
      • Engaged couples
      • Individuals who live together or who have lived together in the last 3 years
      • Individuals with children in common
    • Other relationships may be open to interpretation and may not qualify as “domestic”
      • People in substantive “dating” relationships
        • For example: Does this include on and off relationships? A short term relationship? People engaged in a casual sexual relationship?
      • People related by blood or marriage
        • For example: Does this include your husband’s aunt or uncle? Does this include cousins?
      • Self- defense
        • Your actions may be justified based on another person threatening or using force or violence against you
        • If there are mutual combatants, did the police make the wrong determination on who the primary aggressor was?
      • Uncooperative victims
        • In situations where it is a he said/she said situation, with no third party witnesses, the prosecution will have a difficult, if not impossible, time meeting their burden of proof if the victim does not wish to testify or participate in the prosecution.

Call our Warwick Domestic Violence attorneys right now for a free and confidential consultation.  Our dedicated lawyers will listen to your side of the story, evaluate the strengths and witnesses of your case, and build a defense unique to you and your goals.  Get Abilheira Law on your side, call now 401-245-5100!

Penalties for Domestic Violence Crimes in Warwick Rhode Island

Domestic violence crimes carry some of the harshest penalties under Rhode Island law.  When even an accusation alone is enough to bring unwanted attention, suspicion and judgment, you need to fight to protect your reputation, family, career, and freedom.

Individuals convicted of domestic violence charges in Rhode Island will face the penalties listed below:

First Offense Domestic Violence conviction:

  • Misdemeanor (except for certain offenses like strangulation which is automatically a felony)
  • Up to one year in jail

Second Offense Domestic Violence conviction:

  • Misdemeanor (except for certain offenses)
  • Mandatory 10 days in jail and a maximum of up to a year in jail

Third and or More Domestic Violence conviction:

  • Felony
  • Minimumof 1-10 years in jail

Mandatory Domestic Violence Penalties:

  • Counseling
    • A required Batterer’s Intervention course, lasting 40 hours over 20 weeks
  • Increased domestic violence court costs ($125.00)
  • Loss of gun rights
  • Automatic no contact orders with the victim
  • Probation/ suspended jail sentences
  • Criminal record

For more on domestic violence penalties in Rhode Island, click here.

With so much to lose, don’t accept these harsh sanctions alone. Contest these charges with an experienced Warwick Rhode Island domestic violence attorney on your side.  Abilheira Law attorneys fight against Warwick police officers and prosecutors every day and know what it takes to win domestic violence charges.  Get us working for you, call now, 401-245-5100.

Get a Warwick Domestic Violence Lawyer today!

Get a Warwick RI Domestic Violence Lawyer on your side today, who can help advocate for your rights in court and protect your reputation, career, and family. Call 401-245-5100 or contact Abilheira Law today! Let us be your bridge to justice.