Rhode Island Assault Lawyer

Assault and Battery Charges in Rhode Island

Many people are confused about the crime of “assault.” The word itself connotes violence. However, you can be accused and convicted of assault without ever touching your accuser. You might think you showed a lot of restraint during a confrontation by not striking the person, only to find yourself facing an assault charge. If the victim felt threatened, that’s all it takes to constitute assault. Assault comes in various types and forms, but in any of its manifestations it is a serious charge that can land you in jail – this is when talking to an experienced assault and battery attorney can help.

Battery, distinct from assault, involves some form of unwanted physical contact. The contact does not have to be a beating or to have caused a serious injury to meet the definition; a threatening poke or a shove is all it takes.

Simple Assault and Battery

The most basic assault or battery charge is simple assault or simple battery. In these cases, it’s likely that no one was hurt, but the contact or threatened contact was enough to raise concern in the accused of his or her safety. In Rhode Island, simple assault and simple battery are misdemeanors that can land you in jail for up to a year and/or saddle you with a $1000 fine.

Different Types of Felony Assault & Battery Crimes

If you are accused of threatening someone with something that appeared to be a gun, even if it was a toy and even if there was no firearm actually involved, you could be sentenced to up to three years in prison if no one was injured and up to ten years if a serious bodily injury occurred.

Enhanced Penalties for Aggravated Assault or Battery

Rhode Island law specifies certain classes of people who have a protected status in that assault or battery on them may result in enhanced penalties of up to three years in prison, a fine of up to $1,500, or both. These include:

Assault or battery on a person age 60 or older can result in a sentence of up to five years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $1,000).

Don’t Let Self-Defense Turn into an Assault Charge

It is likely that you would do anything for a family member or friend if they were being attacked in your presence. Safe to say, you’d probably do your utmost to defend yourself if you were in a similar predicament. What you might view as self-defense could be seen differently from the eyes of the law and/or lawyers or jury members having to determine your fate.

Stop for a moment to think about how you can avoid a serious assault charge or charges, ones that could lead to lengthy jail time:

Are You Innocent of a Rape Charge?

It happens all too often across America on a daily basis. Someone is accused of a rape charge, a charge that has potentially very serious consequences for the alleged rapist.In the event you have been charged with rape, are you ready to fight back?.

So that you can increase the odds of winning your case, make sure you provide your defense attorney with the following:

When you stop for a moment to think about the seriousness of rape charges, they can prove quite damaging, even in the event you are cleared. Such allegations can impact your ability to earn a living, not to mention stay together with your family.

The Need for a Criminal Defense Lawyer when Facing Assault Charges

Rhode Island’s assault and battery statutes are complex and can be confusing, and the potential penalties are daunting. A good criminal defense attorney can usually offer credible defenses.

Contact an Experienced Assault Attorney in Rhode Island

If you have been accused of assault and/or battery, you are undoubtedly stressed and concerned for your future. No one wants to go to prison or go through life with a criminal record. Having the right Rhode Island criminal defense attorney can make all the difference.  Super Lawyers “Rising  Star” Stephanie A. Murphy has the experience, knowledge, and skill to help you achieve the best possible outcome in the circumstances. Bring her on board immediately if you’ve been arrested. In a few cases, she can prevent prosecutors from filing charges at all. In many cases, she will negotiate to have the charges reduced or dropped entirely, or when it is in your best interest, she will take your case before a jury for a full acquittal. Don’t sweat it any more than you have to, and don’t accept a public defender. Call the Law Offices of Stephanie A. Murphy right away for the aggressive, focused, and committed defense you deserve in Greenwich and throughout Rhode Island. The initial consultation is free, and payment plans are available to fit your budget.