Domestic Violence Attorney in Kent County, RI

Domestic arguments can often escalate into situations in which a criminal arrest can occur.  When called to a domestic disturbance, law enforcement is often obligated to charge whomever they believe to be the main aggressor with a domestic violence offense.

Like other states, Rhode Island believes acts of domestic violence to be very serious which is why penalties can be severe. The state will seek to protect the alleged victim and any children through a restraining order. In many instances, the prosecution will proceed even should the accuser wish to drop any charges. Only the prosecutor can make the decision to drop a case.

What to Do When Charged with Domestic Assault and Violence? 

When charged with domestic assault, you must seek the help of an attorney experienced in defending these charges. At Biafore Law, our Kent County domestic assault attorney has been defending clients of criminal charges such as domestic violence crimes for over two decades. That experience can prove invaluable when seeking to achieve a favorable result. That is why we urge you to take advantage of our experience, service record, and commitment to fighting for your rights. Our mission is to help you obtain the best possible outcome. 

Have you been charged with a domestic violence crime in the county of Kent, Providence, Washington, Newport, or Bristol? Contact Biafore Law today at (401) 244-7433 or online.

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What are the Different Types of Domestic Violence Crimes in Rhode Island?

Domestic violence is a label for many offenses that occur at the family, household, or domestic level. 

Domestic violence offenses include crimes involving the following persons:

  • Current and former spouses
  • Those related by marriage or blood
  • Persons living together or who have lived together within the past three years
  • Unmarried parents who share a child
  • Current and former dating partners

These are crimes that 

  • 1) result in bodily injury no matter how slight, or are 
  • 2) physical actions intended to put the other person in fear of imminent bodily injury, or 
  • 3) violations of restraining orders. 

These crimes can include:

  • Simple assault or felony assault
  • Sexual assault
  • Stalking
  • Strangulation
  • Homicide
  • Trespassing
  • Vandalism
  • Kidnapping
  • Child snatching
  • Arson
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Burglary
  • Cyberstalking
  • Damage, obstruction, or failure to relinquish a phone


  • “Attorney Biafore took the time to explain things to me and never got frustrated with my lack of legal knowledge and the many questions I would ask.”

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence in Rhode Island? 

Penalties for domestic violence crimes can include:

  • Potential jail time
  • Probation
  • Fines
  • Mandatory batterers’ intervention program
  • No-contact restraining order

Second and third convictions will lead to more severe criminal penalties such as a one-year minimum prison sentence. A conviction can also lead to a risk of deportation for non-citizens as well as other immigration consequences. 

Start Your Defense With a Domestic Violence Lawyer

If you are facing a domestic assault or other domestic offense, we highly recommend that you get in touch with Biafore Law as soon as possible so that we can begin protecting your rights and working towards an optimum resolution. Our skilled Kent County domestic violence lawyers can help you protect yourself and your rights. Contact us to schedule a consultation today. 

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Call us today at 401-244-7433 or fill out our form to schedule a free consultation.

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