Have You Been Arrested on a Rhode Island Criminal Battery Charge?
Has this injured your reputation and beat-up your peace of mind? Were you falsely accused? If so, John R. Grasso is a skilled attorney who can help to prove your innocence.
Are you guilty? Let’s work together to help reduce the fines. Perhaps it was a matter of self defense or someone assaulted you first. We’ll tell your side of the story in court.
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Definition of Battery:
Rhode Island Code Chapter 11-5 defines Battery as when force is used against someone else, and this force may or may not have caused injury. Even poking a pencil against someone can set the stage for battery accusations. In other instances, the battery is more severe and could’ve caused serious bodily injury.
Assault is also closely related to battery, but it’s separated by the fact that an attempt was made to use of force, violence or threat to harm another, and this was seen as offensive by the victim. Assaults don’t have to involve physical contact, just an attempt at it.
What Are the Consequences of Rhode Island Battery Charges?
The title code 11-5 in Rhode Island law, establishes three types of battery:
Simple Assault or Battery – As defined above. Aggravating factors for simple battery are examined below. The penalties include:
- Up to $1,000 in fines and/or
- Up to 1 year in prison
Battery with Criminal Negligence – This is defined as acting recklessly or showing no regards to human life, with the possibility or reality that serious bodily injury could have/ or already has occurred. Penalties include:
- Up to 10 years in prison and/or
- Up to $10,000 in fines
Battery by an Adult toward a Child – Adults over 18 who batter children 10 years or younger, and the child sustained serious bodily injuries may face the following penalties:
- Up to 20 years in prison, but at least 5 years, and/or
- Up to $20,000 in fines, but no less than $5,000
Serious bodily injury is additionally defined as when the child was susceptible to a life or death situation; the child was physically impaired as a result of the battery; and/or there was a loss or impairment of a body part or organ.
Contact an Aggressive Battery Defense Attorney in Rhode Island
John R. Grasso is acquainted with several types of battery, having worked as a police officer himself. Now, after years working in defense law, Mr. Grasso has successfully defended those accused of these and other types of battery.
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