Rhode Island Criminal Assault and Battery Attorney

Have You Been Arrested on a Rhode Island Criminal Assault and Battery Charge?

Assault and Battery cases in the State of Rhode Island can be quite complex. Your case however, can be simplified with an aggressive lawyer by your side.

John R. Grasso will exert every effort to push the evidence in your favor. He’s worked in the police force and now in the law. As a result, you can expect expertise and hands-on knowledge from both sides of the coin.

Don’t allow this charge to send your life on a downward spiral. Contact John R. Grasso for the best possible outcome today.

Definition of Assault and Battery:

Rhode Island Code Chapter 11-5 defines Assault and Battery as willfully inflicting force, violence or threat against another.

Battery is distinguished from assault when someone sustains an unwanted physical contact from another that may have resulted in injury. The victim would also have found this contact to be offensive or threatening.

An assault on the other hand, is defined as willfully attempting to hurt or threaten someone else, even though no physical contact was made. As an example, Mike intentionally swung a bat at Eric but missed. An assault charge could be filed against Mike in this instance.

Assault and Battery can be further branched off into several sectors, each of which carry individual penalties of lesser or greater fines. Some examples include aggravated battery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, or battery with criminal negligence.

The Rhode Island Law Offices of John R. Grasso are well-versed in handling all types of assault and battery cases. As a result, it’s wise to place the case in the hands of an experienced lawyer.

What Are the Consequences of Rhode Island Assault and Battery Charges?

Depending on the elements of the crime, here are the protocols for assault and battery penalties within Rhode Island Code Title 11-5:

Simple Assault or Battery

– The penalties include:

  • Up to $1,000 in fines and/or
  • Up to 1 year in prison

Felony Assault

– The act of assaulting or battering a person with a deadly weapon, acid, or fire; and when the victim sustains serious bodily injury can result in:

  • Up to 20 years in prison

Assault with a Deadly Weapon (AWD) inside Residence

– Someone assaults someone inside their home with a weapon; and did so with the aim to rob or murder. Penalties include:

  • Up to 10 years in prison

Battery with Criminal Negligence

– This is characterized by when someone has no regard for human life, and therefore acts in a reckless way. The act would have resulted in serious bodily injury in another. Penalties include:

  • Up to 10 years in prison and/or
  • Up to $10,000 in fines

Contact an Aggressive Assault and Battery Defense Attorney in Rhode Island

Attorney John R. Grasso will look at all angles of these and other assault or battery cases – in order to get the best possible outcome.

For those who feel pressed by this accusation, free consultations are available to discuss the case confidentially with a practiced Rhode Island lawyer.

Contact the Rhode Island Law Offices of John R. Grasso today.

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