Assault & Battery Charges
Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer
The laws in Rhode Island do not tolerate any violence or threat of violence
of any sort. The strictness of the law can lead to exaggerated claims,
misunderstandings, and falsified reports putting people in jail and awaiting
their time in court. If you have been arrested for assault and/or battery
and you think you should be exonerated of the allegations,
contact Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney Jason Knight today. As a
former prosecutor and someone who has earned a “Superb” Avvo rating, he stands
out from other defense attorneys in the state, and even the country.
Want to know more about Attorney Jason Knight? Call 401.354.2255 today.
What is Assault? What is Battery?
More often than not, when you hear about a violent crime, it is described
as assault and battery. The odd thing about this is that “assault
and battery” is not a criminal charge; they actually mean that assault
was committed as well as battery, and the two are two different charges
Battery: Unwelcomed, aggressive, or harmful touching, such as a pinch all the way
up to a physical blow.
Assault: Verbal or bodily intimidation or threats, such as throwing a punch and
missing to claiming you want to kill someone.
The two criminal offenses are almost-always paired with one another due
to the fact that it is unlikely that one has occurred without the other.
In other words, someone who vows to hurt someone (assault) usually follows
through with their claim immediately (battery). Or, someone who intentionally
harms someone does not typically do so without some sort of warning or threat.
Penalties for Assault or Battery
Due to the similar nature of assault and battery crimes, they have identical
criminal punishments in most cases. The average sentencing will include
one year in jail and up to
$1,000 in fines. It will also open up the convicted to civil lawsuits from the
alleged victim, which could result in steep amounts paid in restitution.
If the incident could be linked to
domestic violence, penalties can include
removal of child custody rights, and mandatory
Comprehensive and Knowledgeable Legal Defense in Providence
Do not allow your assault and battery case to fall apart into nothing more
than your word against the accuser’s. The court is more likely to
lean toward a conviction if there is not strong evidence to prove that
you are innocent of the alleged crimes, or at least not guilty of how
they are being described.
With our Rhode Island criminal defense attorney in your corner, you can
trust that your case is being taken seriously and handled by a professional
who knows what the prosecution is thinking, and how to challenge their
claims. We are located in Providence but serve clients throughout Rhode Island.
contact us 24/7 in case of emergency and schedule a
complimentary consultation over the phone.