Domestic Crimes in Rhode Island
To sustain any domestic charge, the police or charging agency must demonstrate a domestic relationship exists between the alleged victim and alleged offender. Under Rhode Island Domestic statutes the following relationships qualify:
- Former spouses
- Adults related by blood or marriage
- Adults living together or who have lived together within the past three years
- People having common children
- In a significant dating relationship within the past year, as determined by the court
There are enhanced penalties if one is convicted of violating a domestic law in Rhode Island. One will be required to attend a batterers intervention class and could face enhanced fines. Second and Third offenses carry MANDATORY jail time, of which no part of a sentence may be suspended.
If you have been arrested for an RI Domestic Assault Crime, contact Attorney James E. Smith as soon as possible. He can be reached via 24/7 mobile phone service at 401-649-0335 and by email via his website.
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