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Assault & Battery

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.


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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 altogether.

  • 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 additional fines, removal of child custody rights, and mandatory intervention program.

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.


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