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In an effort to combat domestic violence, Rhode Island state laws governing the warrantless arrest powers of the police in domestic violence cases have been greatly expanded over the past thirty years. Rhode Island has empowered the police to make warrantless arrests in cases of suspected domestic violence, spousal abuse, and domestic assault, which means you may have been arrested or could be facing charges for which you shouldn’t. Therefore, it is crucial that you get a qualified Providence Rhode Island Domestic Violence Attorney on your case and on your side immediately.
Call Rhode Island Domestic Violence Attorney John MacDonald today at 401-421-1440 and The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. will be able to tell you what we can do to protect and defend your rights today.
Rhode Island Domestic Violence Act states under section § 12-29-3 Law enforcement officers – Duties and immunity.
“(a) The primary duty of law enforcement officers when responding to a domestic violence
situation is to enforce the laws allegedly violated and to protect the victim.”
Not only does this mean that a larger number of arrests are made but the consequences for those suffering for a warrantless domestic violence arrest can be more severe then deserved. You will face domestic violence charges and likely a protective order. Prosecutors can be very aggressive in filing domestic violence charges due to the intensely political nature of the charges, and publicity that goes along with it. Domestic assault & violence charges have powerful advocacy and lobbying groups that challenge politicians in these cases.
Therefore, it is crucial that you get a qualified Rhode Island Domestic Violence Attorney on your case and on your side immediately. This will minimize the risks and damage you are facing and may be able to avoid domestic violence charges as well as potentially stop the filing of restraining orders, no contact orders, and other protective orders.
Domestic violenceis an unfortunate and frequent occurrence. Our firm is experienced in representing clients that have been accused of or are facing domestic violence charges. The reality of being convicted of these charges can have a huge impact on the opportunities of an individual’s future. Having a competent defense attorney is crucial to fighting against domestic violence offenses. Criminal defense attorneys with a successful track record and extensive experience can provide you with targeted legal strategies to defend your rights. It’s a common practice in many Rhode Island domestic violence cases for the alleged victim to file for a restraining order. This functions as an official court order aimed to protect individuals from all manners of abuse including physical, verbal and even the threat of abuse.
Civil restraining orders place more specific orders on individuals and set parameters in regards to their personal lives. A civil restraining order involves property judgments, pet orders, child custody arrangements and more. Restraining orders may also include criminal protective orders and emergency protective orders.
Over the years, our office has successfully represented individuals accused of criminal activity. With our aggressive legal strategies and intense approach to criminal defense, we have fought tirelessly on their behalf resulting in favorable outcomes for many of our clients.
Don’t ignore your situation. The longer you go without qualified legal representation for your defense the harder it may be to build your case. We are fully equipped in assisting individuals with the criminal defense strategies their circumstance requires. Domestic violence matters are extremely serious and must be addressed immediately. If you find yourself in a questionable situation related to domestic violence, contact our office as soon as possible. If you have been accused of or arrested for domestic violence related offenses call (401) 421-1440 to discuss your case with our experienced attorneys.
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Call the Law Offices of John MacDonald NOW at 401-421-1440 and The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. will be able to tell you what we can do to protect you as your Rhode Island Domestic Violence Attorneys.
Rhode Island also is passing legislation to make Domestic Violence laws even tougher. New crimes would be classified as acts of domestic violence under legislation passed by the Senate. The bill would make crimes such as arson, burglary and the damage to or obstruction of a telephone a domestic violence offense. Victims of those crimes would be able to get a “no contact” order and other protection provided by the Domestic Violence Prevention Act.
The people that is encompassed by Domestic Violence laws has also expanded. For a crime to be designated as a domestic violence offense, the victim and the defendant must be “family or household members”, which includes:
This wide definition of relationships often makes a warrantless arrest possible and could begin a nightmare for family members and those charged.
Call the Law Offices of John MacDonald NOW at 401-421-1440 and The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. will be able to tell you what we can do to protect and defend your rights.
Crimes and Charges Included in the Rhode Island’s Domestic Violence Statutes include:
In addition to charges under the specific criminal acts above such as domestic assault, if you are found guilty of domestic violence in Rhode Island you will face other automatic penalties:
THE SOONER YOU ENGAGE AN ATTORNEY
THE BETTER YOUR CHANCES TO AVOID THESE PENALTIES!
Call the Law Offices of John MacDonald NOW at 401-421-1440 and The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. will be able to tell you what we can do to protect and defend your rights as your RI Domestic Violence Defense lawyers.
The Law Firm of John E. MacDonald, Esquire is ready to give YOUR domestic violence case the attention it deserves.
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