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At the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esquire, Inc., we defend individuals facing criminal assault and battery charges throughout Rhode Island. If you have been charged with misdemeanor assault, felony assault, or domestic assault in Rhode Island give us a call today to discuss your case with our aggressive and experienced assault defense lawyers. We handle cases in every county and court throughout the State of Rhode Island. My office is conveniently located in Downtown Providence. If you or a loved one is being investigated or facing assault charges, call me today. I am available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The call is free and the initial consultation is free. Any assault charge is a serious matter that should not be taken lightly. Serious charges require a serious defense.

Types of Rhode Island Assault Charges include:
- Simple Assault and Battery (misdemeanor assault)
- Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (felony assault)
- Assault and Battery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (felony assault)

Rhode Island Assault Defense Strategies

An Assault can be alleged in a number of ways under Rhode Island Law – but there are a number of circumstances that can justify violence in the eye of the law. Some common defense strategies against assault charges include:

• Self Defense: you have the right to defend yourself if you are attacked. However, you do not have the right to use a lethal force unless your attacker is also using lethal force.
• Defense of Another: Sometimes, assault charges are brought against parents who were only defending their children. If your child is being assaulted, then you arguably have the right to step in.
• Mutual Combatants: Was the other person fighting back? If so, then the alleged assault may be more properly labeled a fight. A skilled assault lawyer will seek to have the other combatant refuse to testify to resolve the case.

Rhode Island Assault Penalties and Sentences

The consequences arising from assault convictions can vary. A conviction for misdemeanor assault, also known as Simple Assault, carries with it up to one year imprisonment. A felony assault conviction carries with it up to twenty years imprisonment. In additional to jail, conditions of any sentence can include probation or parole, fines, loss of the right to possess firearms, and mandatory anger management and/or batterers' intervention classes. The court looks to the offender's criminal record, probation or parole status, and a variety of other factors when determining consequences and sentences. Most assault cases involve numerous legal details, requiring the full attention of an experienced and skilled attorney to give you the best opportunity for success.

Consequences of Assault Conviction
- Jail (up to 1 year for simple assault; up to 20 years for felony assault)
- Probation
- Fines
- Loss of Right to Possess Firearms
- Mandatory Batterers' Intervention Classes
- No Contact Order with the Victim
- Anger Management Classes
- Substance Abuse Counseling

Rhode Island Assault Laws

§ 11-5-3 Simple assault or battery –
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 –
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.

It is important to hire a skilled defense lawyer as soon as possible to begin the process of gathering evidence and crafting a legal defense to the serious charges you are facing. Contact RI Assault Lawyer Matthew T. Marin today to schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case, your rights, and your options. The Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc. can be reached by calling (401) 228-8271 or by email at [email protected].

RI Assault Lawyer Matthew Marin defends individuals facing assault charges in Block Island, Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, East Providence, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Johnston, Lincoln, Little Compton, Middletown, Narragansett, Newport, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Providence, Richmond, Scituate, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Tiverton, Warren, Warwick, Westerly, West Greenwich, West Warwick, Woonsocket.

Attorney Marin Named A SuperLawyers Rising Star Five Consecutive Years 2014-2019

Attorney Matthew Marin has been named a Rhode Island Rising Star by SuperLawyers for 6 consecutive years from 2014 thru 2019. 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.