Over the past several years, there has been a heightened public awareness of the serious consequences of domestic violence. In Rhode Island, one response to this includes the Domestic Violence Prevention Act (R.I.G.L. 12-29), created to ensure that a crime between relatives could be penalized as harshly as a similar violent crime that involved strangers.
Under R.I.G.L. 12-29-2, domestic violence is a term that covers the following crimes that are committed by one relative or household member against another.
What does it mean to be a “family or household member”? This can include anyone from spouses, ex-spouses, and adults related by blood or marriage to adults who have lived together for the past three years. This law can also apply to any people who have a child, whether or not they ever lived together, and to people who currently are in a dating relationship or were so within the past year.
But you face more than serious criminal penalties. The effect of a domestic violence arrest can be a massive blow to your reputation, and a conviction would only preserve that social stigma. At the Law Offices of Robert H. Humphrey, you can find a legal advocate who understands that a simple misunderstanding, or even a maliciously false accusation can land good people in a difficult situation.
Under Rhode Island law, when a police officer responds to a domestic violence call and the officer believes that probable cause exists that a crime has occurred, he/she is required under Rhode Island law to make an arrest. If you are charged with a crime of domestic violence, you need a domestic violence attorney who has the reputation, experience and skill to successfully handle your domestic violence case.
Attorney Humphrey has over twenty-five (25) years of experience as a criminal attorney, including fourteen (14) years of experience as a municipal prosecutor and special prosecutor handling domestic violence cases. As a result of his knowledge in the area of domestic violence, he has lectured on the topic for the Rhode Island Bar Association and other educational programs and he has published two articles specifically related to the field of domestic violence: "The Law of Domestic Violence in Rhode Island" and "Domestic Violence: Detection, Prosecution and Defense" in the Rhode Island Bar Journal. Attorney Humphrey is also DUIDLA's State Ambassador for the State of Rhode Island.
At this Rhode Island criminal defense firm, you can find the trial-tested defense you need and deserve. Don’t hesitate to see how our hard-hitting legal advocate can craft a legal strategy to guard your reputation, liberty, and future. Contact a Rhode Island domestic violence lawyer at the firm today!
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