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Domestic Crimes in Rhode Island

To sustain any domestic charge, the police or charging agency must demonstrate a domestic relationship exists between the alleged victim and alleged offender.   Under Rhode Island Domestic statutes the following relationships qualify:

  • Husband
  • Wife
  • Former spouses
  • Adults related by blood or marriage
  • Adults living together or who have lived together within the past three years
  • People having common children
  • In a significant dating relationship within the past year, as determined by the court

There are enhanced penalties if one is convicted of violating a domestic law in Rhode Island.  One will be required to attend a batterers intervention class and could face enhanced fines.  Second and Third offenses carry jail time.

Read about out recent Rhode Island Domestic crimes victories.

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