Close X

RHODE ISLAND CRIMINAL DEFENSE BLOG

Domestic Strangulation Charges in Rhode Island

Posted by Matthew Marin | Apr 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

In June of 2012, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law the so-called "Domestic Anti-Strangulation" bill calling for significant enhanced penalties for those convicted of domestic assault by strangulation.  The bill was championed by domestic violence advocates and heralded as one step closer to ending domestic violence in Rhode Island.  In the six years prior to the passage of the law in Rhode Island, over 30 other states had adopted similar domestic assault by strangulation bills.  Domestic assault by strangulation is one of the most serious criminal offenses that one can be charged with in the State of Rhode Island.  It is vital that you seek the representation of a skilled and experienced Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyer if you have been charged with domestic assault by strangulation.  Attorney Matthew Marin is available to speak with you 24/7 at our office phone 401-228-8271 or email [email protected].

What are Domestic Strangulation Charges in Rhode Island?

Domestic assault by strangulation refers to an assault and battery committed on a household or family member by knowingly and intentionally impeding normal breathing or or circulation of the blood by applying pressure on the throat or neck or by blocking the nose or mouth of another person, with the intent to cause that person harm. The Rhode Island statute governing domestic strangulation charges, R.I.G.L. Section 11-5-2.3, can be found here:http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE11/11-5/11-5-2.3.HTM

What are the penalties for Domestic Strangulation Charges in Rhode Island?

The penalties for domestic assault by strangulation in Rhode Island are extremely severe.  Prior to the passage of the Anti-Strangulation bill, an individual alleged to have assaulted a family or household member in the manner prohibited by the statute would typically face a misdemeanor simple domestic assault and battery charge which carries up to one year in jail, but where jail is highly unlikely for first time offenders. That same allegation now subjects the offender to UP TO 10 YEARS IN JAIL and a FELONY CRIMINAL CONVICTION.  Facing a possible 10 year jail sentence and a felony criminal conviction, these serious charges require a serious criminal defense strategy.


Can I fight my Rhode Island Domestic Assault by Strangulation Charges?

Being charged with domestic strangulation does not mean that you will be convicted and that you will go to jail.  At the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esquire, Inc., we represent individuals charged with all types of criminal and domestic violence charges including domestic assault by strangulation.  Many of the defenses available to us in other criminal and domestic violence charges can be raised in the domestic strangulation case including self-defense, attacking the credibility of the complaining witness, and attacking poor and inept police work.  However, given the serious nature of the charges anyone facing these charges should immediately contact an experienced and aggressive Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyer to begin formulating a domestic violence defense strategy.

About the Author

Matthew Marin

My name is Attorney Matthew Marin. I have dedicated my career to defending those charged with criminal offenses throughout Rhode Island. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a criminal offense, we understand that are likely in an unfamiliar situation that can be extremely intimidating and even paralyzing. You may feel as if you do not know where to turn or who to ask for help. Fortunately, you have come to the right place to begin your search for answers and a successful resolution to your situation. We have extensive experience assisting thousands of clients facing drunk driving charges, domestic violence charges, and drug charges throughout Rhode Island.

Comments

There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Attorney Marin Named A Super Lawyers Rising Star Four Consecutive Years 2014-2017

Attorney Matthew Marin was named a Rhode Island Rising Star by Super Lawyers for 4 consecutive years from 2014 thru 2017. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Rhode Island are selected by the Research Team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers selects lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their practice area.


Rhode Island Member of the National College for DUI Defense

Attorney Marin is a Rhode Island General Member of the National College for DUI Defense. Members represent some of the most experienced and cutting edge DUI defense attorney's throughout the Country. Nationwide, DUI laws are extremely complex and constantly changing and the College facilitates the exchange of innovative defenses throughout the Country.