Aggravated Assault / Battery

Rhode Island Aggravated Assault and Battery Attorney

Have you been charged with aggravated assault and battery?

Behind Bars

Assault and battery is considered a serious charge in Rhode Island. Assault is threatening another person. Battery is an actual touching of another person without consent. When a disagreement becomes physical and injuries result, whether in a domestic situation or in a bar with a stranger, the person who is not injured is usually the one arrested. Unfortunately angry people generally exaggerate events in their own favor giving a skewed version of what happened. This can mean that the person who was simply acting in self-defense can get charged with the crime. The situation could become even more serious if an allegation of a hate crime is made. Felony assault and battery, sometimes referred to as aggravated assault and battery, carries harsh penalties which means you need skilled legal representation by a Rhode Island criminal defense attorney.

Aggravated Assault and Battery Lawyer in Rhode Island 

Under RI Gen. Laws Sec. 11-5, felony assault and battery is charged when serious physical injury results and can include the use of a weapon or vehicle, or toxic substance. Rhode Island has a number of laws concerning felony assault and battery. Depending upon the circumstances and your previous criminal history, you may face up to 20 years in prison, large fines, probation and a criminal record. Law enforcement officers sometimes only gather enough information to have grounds for making an arrest. An aggravated assault and battery defense lawyer at our firm can investigate the charges against you, take witness statements, and gather evidence which may be vital in building a strong defense strategy.

Having experienced legal representation by a former prosecutor can make a difference in the outcome of your case. As a criminal defense lawyer of 30 years, attorney Humphrey is ready to answer your questions, explain your specific charges and your legal rights. 

Are you facing charges of aggravated assault and battery? Contact a Rhode Island assault and battery attorney at our firm for help with your defense. 

Commonly Asked Questions

Can self-defense be used as a legal defense in an aggravated assault and battery case in Rhode Island?

Yes, self-defense can be a legal defense in an aggravated assault and battery case in Rhode Island. If you were acting to protect yourself from imminent harm, your attorney could argue that your actions were justified under the law. However, proving self-defense requires a careful presentation of the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident, which is why having a knowledgeable attorney is crucial to effectively argue this defense.

Why is it important to act quickly after being charged with aggravated assault and battery?

Acting quickly after being charged with aggravated assault and battery is vital because it allows your defense attorney to collect time-sensitive evidence, interview witnesses while their memories are fresh, and begin crafting a defense strategy promptly. Early intervention can also help in negotiating with prosecutors and may even result in reduced charges or dismissal, depending on the evidence and circumstances.

How can a Rhode Island criminal defense attorney help with aggravated assault and battery charges?

A Rhode Island criminal defense attorney can provide crucial assistance by thoroughly investigating the charges against you, which includes taking witness statements and gathering evidence that may be essential for building a strong defense. Experienced legal representation, especially by someone with a background as a former prosecutor, can offer strategic insights that may significantly impact the outcome of your case.

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