Crimes involving domestic violence are handled very seriously by Rhode Island prosecutors. For that reason, you need an experienced RI domestic violence attorney to protect your rights. But what punishments does a defendant charged with domestic violence face?
In recent days, and in light of the newly discovered video evidence, the prosecution of NFL player Ray Rice has been heavily scrutinized. In May, the local prosecutor permitted Rice to enter a pretrial intervention program acting as a rehabilitative alternative to criminal prosecution. Essentially, if Rice completed counseling, the charges against him would be dropped and he wouldn’t be convicted. It’s likely that this offer was made since the victim, Rice’s soon-to-be wife, refused to cooperate with the prosecution of the matter (of course, this is months before the infamous video emerged) and Rice’s clean criminal history.
In Rhode Island, it’s possible to get a similar result in domestic violence cases with the assistance of an experienced defense attorney. This is especially true for first-time offenders. However, prosecutors are becoming more and more unlikely to offer non-criminal dispositions. Allow the attorneys at Robert E. Craven & Associates to provide you with a free case evaluation so that we can determine what legal services we can provide you.