Have you been arrested for domestic violence in Rhode Island? If so, you should know that any kind of domestic criminal charges are a serious criminal matter. Hiring a experienced Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyer can help you stay out of jail, protect your criminal record, and save you thousands of dollars, keep you off of probation, avoid fines, court costs, and classes. Plus, when it comes to domestic violence charges it's not just your liberty at stake, but also your reputation. No one wants to be labeled a “wife-beater” for the rest of their life.
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Presumption of Guilt in Domestic Violence Cases
There is a real bias against those who have been accused of domestic offenses. Many experts in law enforcement claim that domestic violence is a recognized anti-social mental illness. Similar to sex crimes, domestic violence is a severe accusation where guilt is often immediately presumed. The claim itself will result in many people assuming that you committed the act. Before any court appearance or trial, you may become a social pariah. You need an attorney that is effective, efficient and results-oriented.
RI Domestic Violence Lawyers Will Help to Protect Your Rights
At the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc., we protect the rights of our clients in domestic violence cases. The first right is the right to remain silent. Talking to police or prosecutors is an ill-advised strategy. You do not have to speak to anyone before you retain domestic violence defense counsel. Even conversations to another inmate in a jail cell or to a relative on a prison phone could severely compromise your rights and our case.
Establishing Your Domestic Violence Defense Case
Once you retain Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyer Matthew Marin, he will get to work on the facts of the case. By nature, spousal abuse and child abuse cases are rife with emotion. Assault allegations within a family are troubling to some and may be a result of a divorce or child custody dispute. If you wrongly accused, you need an attorney qualified to handle your case. We will diligently advocate for you and strive for the best outcome possible.
Your domestic defense case also may include a restraining order filed against you. As skilled RI domestic violence attorneys, we develop twofold strategies for a restraining order hearing and your domestic violence defense.
Rhode Island Domestic Violence Offenses and Definitions
What Relationships Qualify Under the Rhode Island Domestic Violence Law?
According to Rhode Island law, domestic violence occurs between “family or household members.” The term “family or household member” has been broadly defined to include the following::
• A current or former spouse
• A person related by blood or marriage
• A person you live with or have lived with in the past
• A person you are dating and/or engaged to
• A person with whom you have a child.
What Criminal Offenses Qualify Under the Rhode Island Domestic Violence Law?
There can be a wide range of domestic criminal offenses including:
• Assault & Battery
• Disorderly Conduct
• Child Snatching
• Sexual Assault
• False Imprisonment
• Violations of a Protective Order
• Violations of a Restraining Order
• Violations of a No Contact Order
• False Imprisonment
• Homicide / Murder
What are the potential penalties for a Rhode Island Domestic Violence Conviction?
A domestic criminal conviction can have very serious consequences including the following:
• Jail or prison time
• Community control
• A stay away order from the victim (which may include a stay away order from your home, your spouse, and even your children)
• Fines, court costs, and other monetary penalties
• Anger management classes, batterers intervention classes, parenting classes, and/or other classes
• Community service hours
• Immigration consequences
• Mental health treatment
• Substance abuse treatment
What is required for a Rhode Island Batterers Intervention Program?
If convicted of a domestic criminal offense, ALL defendants must undergo a Batterers Intervention Program. One important reason to hire an aggressive RI Domestic Violence Attorney is to avoid the expense and effort of completing the mandatory classes. A Batterers Intervention Program is a psycho-educational group led by trained professional facilitators. Each meeting is an hour and a half to two hours for a minimum of 20 weeks. Fees are collected. Batterers learn to identify abusive behaviors and are taught to react non-abusively and instead communicate with their partner. Batterers Intervention Programs differ from and are not replaceable by substance abuse treatments, mental health services, family/marital/couples or other counseling. Participants are held accountable for their attendance, they must be on time, and cannot miss a meeting. Here is a list of the intervention programs:
• Family Violence Intervention
J. Bryan Riley (contact: Susan Wilkie x 121)
941Park Avenue Cranston RI 02910
Telephone: (401) 941-3200
Fax: (401) 781-1062
Groups available in Cranston, Narragansett and Woonsocket
• Galilee Mission to Fishermen, Inc
P.O. Box 459
268 Kingstown Road Narragansett, RI 02882
Telephone: (401) 789-9390
Fax: (401) 783-8155
This program accepts internal referrals only
• The Kent Center
300 Centerville Road Suite #301S Summit Building
South Warwick, RI 02886
Telephone (401) 732-5656 x428
Fax: (401) 738-8634
Groups available in Warwick
• Kent House
Mary Osborne (Contact: ED Degnan)
2020 Elmwood Avenue Warwick, RI 02888
Telephone: (401) 781-2700
Fax: (401) 781-2790
Groups available in Warwick
• RIBIP (Rhode Island Batterer Intervention Program)
1052 Park Avenue Cranston, RI 02910
Telephone: (401) 275-5030
Fax: (401) 275-5031
Groups available in Bristol/Warren, Cranston, East Providence, Johnston/North Providence, Middletown/Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick, Westerly and Woonsocket
• Tri-Hab Domestic Abuse Project
58 Hamlet Avenue Woonsocket, RI 02895
Telephone: (401) 765-4040
Fax: (401) 658-3757
Groups Available in Central Falls, Cranston, Providence, and Woonsocket
• Vantage Point
1 James P Murphy Highway Suite 103
West Warwick, RI 02893
Groups available in Coventry, Cranston, East Greenwich, Johnston, Pawtucket, Providence, Warren, Warwick, West Warwick, Westerly, and Woonsocket