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Homicide Defense Attorney Rhode Island

Have You Been Arrested on a Rhode Island Criminal Homicide Charge?

If you’ve been accused of a homicide, contact the Island law offices as soon as possible.

Definition of Homicide:

There are numerous ways to kill someone, whether accidental, through DUI, or with malice aforethought. This crime highlights the different forms of crimes as it related to  killing, and how they’re punished in the State of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island Code Chapter 11-23 defines homicide and what each form entails. These are explored below, as well as the penalties for each.

Just as how there are several causes for death, there are also several ways to defend such crimes. However, only a skilled lawyer will be able to make strong arguments that can either prove your innocence, or lower your fines. Contact the Island law offices as soon as possible.

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What Are the Consequences of Rhode Island Homicide Charges?

First Degree Murder

– which is intentionally taking the life of someone while either:

  • Committing another felony offense, such as kidnapping
  • Using a weapon that could have endangered the life of more than one person
  • Doing so in exchange of money or something of value
  • The victim was severely battered or tortured
  • Committing the murder on a member of law enforcement or the judiciary
  • Committing a drug-related crime
  • Other factors

The penalty for First-Degree Murder, with one of the aggravating factors discussed above, includes life imprisonment. In such cases, convicts may not be eligible for parole if this ordered by the court.

Penalties for murder in the first degree, without such aggravating factors, include between 15 years in prison to life imprisonment.

Second Degree Murder

– which is punishable by a minimum of ten years in prison, and a maximum life imprisonment.


– which is the unintentional killing of someone else. The penalties for both voluntary and involuntary manslaughter include:

  • 30 years, or a life sentence in prison
  • Probation (formal or informal)
  • Revocation of one’s right to bear arms
  • Monetary fines

The willful killing of an unborn quick child is also considered as manslaughter, and is punishable by the same fines.

Contact an Aggressive Homicide Defense Attorney in Rhode Island

As a former police investigator, John R. Grasso is practiced at investigating homicide scenes. Now as a criminal defense attorney in Rhode Island, Mr. Grasso will dig deep to unearth the evidence in your favor.

Ask about our free consultations. Contact the Rhode Island Law Offices of John R. Grasso now.

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