In the State of Rhode Island, an “assault” is an intentional act that places another individual in fear of imminent harm or danger whereas a “battery” involves the intentional touching of another individual without his or her consent that is offensive or results in bodily injury. In Rhode Island, the penalties for assaults and/or batteries greatly depend on the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident.
More specifically, if an individual commits an assault and/or battery accompanied by a dangerous weapon or causes serious bodily injury, which is known as felony assault, he or she will face up to 20 years imprisonment. The penalties are even greater if an individual commits a felony assault upon a family or household member, which is known as felony domestic assault. The penalties for felony domestic assault include a no contact order, completion of a batterer’s intervention program, and hefty fines and fees in addition to imprisonment for up to 20 years.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, 11-5-2, a felony assault occurs when an individual commits an assault or battery or both, with:
In addition, an assault or battery, which results in serious bodily injury also constitutes as felony assault.
According to Rhode Island General Law, 11-5-2, “serious bodily injury” means physical injury that:
According to Rhode Island General Law, 12-29-2, “family or household member” includes the following:
It is important to note that the court will determine whether a relationship is substantive by considering the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and how often the parties interacted.
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