One of the most common criminal offenses today, there are a variety of types of assault one could be charged with. There’s simple assault, felony assault, domestic assault, battery, and assault with a deadly weapon. These acts can range in severity (from First-degree assault to Fifth-degree assault) and they all come with very serious consequences for anyone who commits them.
Simple assault is any kind of unwanted touching and includes acts such as pinching or slapping another person. In order to be charged with battery assault, there must be physical contact with the victim, but it doesn’t necessarily have to result in injury to said victim. You can be charged with assault with a deadly weapon if there has been serious bodily injury to the victim. This will also warrant being charged with felony assault. There’s also domestic violence, which occurs between family and household members (spouses, former spouses, family members, etc.).
Penalties for Assault in Rhode Island
The penalties you face for assault in Rhode Island will vary depending on the type of assault and the degree of severity. Whether or not you’ve had prior assault charges will also play a role in how your case unfolds. As mentioned, assault can range from First-degree to Fifth-degree in Rhode Island. All of these details will play a factor in the type of punishment you receive. No matter what, you still face expensive fines and time in jail.
For example, simple assault or battery could land you in jail for up to one year and you might be required to pay up to $1,000 in fines. Assault is a crime that will cost you financially, but will also cost you your freedom if you wind up receiving a lengthy jail sentence.
Have You Been Accused of Assault?
Are you facing assault charges in the state of Rhode Island? No matter what type or degree of assault you are facing, it’s important to have a criminal defense lawyer by your side and to represent you in court. Having the right lawyer can completely change the outcome of your case, so you want to choose someone who has the knowledge and experience to help you.
The right Rhode Island assault lawyer for you is Kensley Barrett. Kensley has years of experience handling a variety of criminal cases, including assault. He has been able to receive favorable outcomes for his clients and he will fight to do the same for you. Kensley knows how stressful and trying it can be to deal with assault charges and he doesn’t want you to face them alone. He’ll be there for you every step of the way throughout your case and work to get the charges lowered or dropped.
If you are interested in discussing your case with Kensley Barrett, you can schedule a consultation with him today. This is a free, no-obligation consultation that allows you the chance to discuss your case and determine what the next step should be. To schedule your consultation, contact our office today and set up an appointment at the earliest convenience. They’re no time to waste when it comes to assault charges. You need to hire an attorney to start working for you as soon as possible.