Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyer

Rhode Island Domestic Violence Defense Lawyer Susan T. Perkins

Anyone accused of Domestic Violence in the State of Rhode Island knows there is a stigma attached to these types of charges. Like sex crimes or crimes against children, domestic violence carries a presumption of instant guilt. Prior to any formal trial or court appearance, you may be thought of as the black sheep of society.

It’s illegal to commit battery, assault or any other sort of criminal threat against someone, but when the alleged victim is your romantic partner or parent of your child, allegations are taken much more seriously. A conviction surely means jail time for the accused, even in first-offense cases. Don’t let assumptions of guilt condemn you before you even enter the courtroom. Susan T. Perkins zealously protects her clients’ rights in cases of domestic violence and will fight for your side of the story.

In domestic violence cases it’s crucial you speak with a lawyer BEFORE speaking to the police. Many do not realize that you do NOT have to speak to anyone until you have retained proper counsel. Despite pressure from law enforcement officials, it is critical that you insist on evoking this right and seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyer Susan T.Perkins has the ability to cut through the highly charged emotion in these cases and to get to the bottom of the matter.

Domestic Violence Laws in Rhode Island

Per Rhode Island law, domestic violence occurs between “family or household members.” Though a wide-ranging definition, “family or household members” includes current or former spouses; a person you live with or have lived with some time ago; a person you are dating or are engaged to; a person with which you share a child; or a person related by blood or marriage.

There are many, many Rhode Island Domestic Violence crimes, which include Assault & Battery; Stalking; Kidnapping; Violation of a Restraining Order; Violation of a No Contact Order; Harassment; Trespass; Sexual Assault; Child Snatching; and Homicide / Murder.

§ 12-29-2 Definitions. – (a) “Domestic violence” includes, but is not limited to, any of the following crimes when committed by one family or household member against another:

  • (1) Simple assault (§ 11-5-3);
  • (2) Felony assaults (§§ 11-5-1, 11-5-2, and 11-5-4);
  • (3) Vandalism (§ 11-44-1);
  • (4) Disorderly conduct (§ 11-45-1);
  • (5) Trespass (§ 11-44-26);
  • (6) Kidnapping (§ 11-26-1);
  • (7) Child-snatching (§ 11-26-1.1);
  • (8) Sexual assault (§§ 11-37-2, 11-37-4);
  • (9) Homicide (§§ 11-23-1 and 11-23-3);
  • (10) Violation of the provisions of a protective order entered pursuant to § 15-5-19, chapter 15 of title 15, or chapter 8.1 of title 8 where the respondent has knowledge of the order and the penalty for its violation or a violation of a no contact order issued pursuant to § 12-29-4;
  • (11) Stalking (§§ 11-59-1 et seq.);
  • (12) Refusal to relinquish or to damage or to obstruct a telephone (§ 11-35-14);
  • (13) Burglary and Unlawful Entry (§ 11-8-1 et seq.);
  • (14) Arson (§ 11-4-2 et seq.);
  • (15) Cyberstalking and cyberharassment (§ 11-52-4.2); and
  • (16) Domestic assault by strangulation § 11-5-2.3.

Punishments to the above listed crimes may include jail/prison time; probation; fines, court costs or other monetary penalties; community service; immigration penalties and deportment; Court ordered substance abuse treatment.


If you find yourself in a situation involving domestic assault charges, please contact Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyer Susan T. Perkins at 401-737-5467 for a FREE consultation.