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Assault charges can range from simple assault or battery, to domestic assault or battery, felony assault, assault with a deadly weapon, assault on a police officer, assault on persons 60 years of age or older, and others.  If you've been arrested on an assault charge, I sympathize with what you're going through. An assault charge is a serious criminal charge that can have severe and harsh outcomes if not handled carefully.  Many assault cases start with the police misunderstanding the facts and the dynamics behind the parties involved.  The Law Offices of Stefanie A. Murphy can help.  I have successful handled all different levels of assaults throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.  I have successfully gotten many assault cases dismissed during pre-trial and after trial.  I work almost exclusively on criminal defense, as a defense attorney and former prosecutor, I understand Rhode Island Assault law and will help you get through the court process and get the matter resolved.  

Rhode Island Assault Laws and Penalties


§ 11-5-3 Simple assault or battery –

(a) Except as otherwise provided in § 11-5-2, every person who shall make an assault or battery or both shall be imprisoned not exceeding one year or fined not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both. 

(b) Where the provisions of "The Domestic Violence Prevention Act", chapter 29 of title 12, are applicable, the penalties for violation of this section shall also include the penalties as provided in § 12-29-5. 

§ 11-5-2 Felony assault – 

(a)Every person who shall make an assault or battery, or both, with a dangerous weapon, or with acid or other dangerous substance, or by fire, or an assault or battery which results in serious bodily injury, shall be punished by imprisonment for not more than twenty (20) years. 

(b) Where the provisions of "The Domestic Violence Prevention Act", chapter 29 of title 12, are applicable, the penalties for violation of this section shall also include the penalties as provided in § 12-29-5. 

(c) "Serious bodily injury" means physical injury that: 

(1) Creates a substantial risk of death; 

(2) Causes protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily part, member or organ; or 

(3)Causes serious permanent disfigurement or circumcises, excises or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of a person.

§ 11-5-5  Assault of police officers and other officials.

 Any person who shall make an assault or battery, or both, by knowingly and willfully either (1) striking, or (2) spraying with a noxious chemical, commonly used as a personal defense weapon, including Mace and an oleoresin capsicum product or like products, a uniformed member of the state police or metropolitan park police, environmental police officer, state properties patrol officer, probation and parole officers, state government case worker or investigator, judge of the supreme, superior, family, district court, traffic tribunal or municipal court, sheriff, deputy sheriff, city or town police officer or firefighter, member of the Rhode Island state marshals of the department of corrections, member of the capitol police, member of campus security force of state colleges and universities, member of the Rhode Island airport police department, member of the Rhode Island fugitive task force, Rhode Island public transit authority bus driver, or on-duty plainclothes member of the town, city, or state police force, investigator of the department of the attorney general appointed pursuant to § 42-9-8.1, or member of the railroad police after proper identification is displayed, or uniformed dog officer, or out-of-state police officer called into Rhode Island under a cooperative agreement to provide mutual aid at the request of the state of Rhode Island pursuant to chapter 37 of title 42, or assistant attorney general or special assistant attorney general, or employees of the department of environmental management responsible for administrative inspections or any constable authorized by chapter 45-16 of the Rhode Island general law causing bodily injury while the officer or official is engaged in the performance of his or her duty, shall be deemed to have committed a felony, and shall be imprisoned not exceeding three (3) years, or fined not exceeding fifteen hundred dollars ($1,500), or both.

§ 11-5-1  Assault with intent to commit specified felonies. –

Every person who shall make an assault with intent to commit murder, robbery, sexual assault, burglary, or the abominable and detestable crime against nature, shall be imprisoned not exceeding twenty (20) years nor less than one year. 

§ 11-5-10  Assault on persons 60 years of age or older causing bodily injury. – 

Any person who shall commit an assault and battery upon a person sixty (60) years of age or older, causing bodily injury, shall be deemed to have committed a felony and shall be imprisoned not exceeding five (5) years, or fined not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both. 

Assault charges are very serious and have serious ramifications if not handled by a skilled attorney.  It is important to hire a skilled attorney as soon as possible.  Contact Attorney Stefanie Murphy to discuss your case, your defenses, your rights and all your options.  Please call (401) 316-9423 or email samurphy@samurphylaw.com

Ms. Murphy assisted me in establishing a limited liability corporation. She made everything easy for me to understand, and had great insight about the nuances regarding the law, tax consequences, etc. She is very accessible to her clients, and was also extremely efficient which kept my costs low.

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