RI & MA Domestic Assault Defense Attorney

What is Domestic Assault


Domestic Assault is an assault offense that occurs between individuals with familial, domestic or romantic relations. There are two types of assault: (1) assault by battery and (1) assault by offer. Assault by battery is defined as the harmful or offensive
touching of another. Assault by offer is an intentional act by an offender that does not result in actual harmful or offensive touching, but creates an apprehension by the victim of imminent harmful or offensive contact.

Domestic Assault consists of an assault, regardless of type, committed against someone who falls into the category of persons covered by domestic violence laws. These include persons in family relationships such as husband-wife, parent-child, siblings,
etc. The relations extent to anyone related by blood or through marriage. Domestic relationships also exist among parties to engagement, cohabitation or residing at the same address or under the same roof, domestic partnerships and other similar relationships.
Domestic violence is a hot topic in modern society. Being charged with such an offense can have adverse consequences to many aspects in your life such your individual liberty interests, reputation and other aspects such as housing, schooling and employment.

Domestic Assault charges can have collateral consequences such as the imposition by the Court of a no contact or restraining order between the offender and victim. Depending on the nature and extent of the alleged offense, domestic violence may also implicate
state agencies such as the Department of Child Services (DCS) or Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). These agencies may initiate independent investigations to consider the welfare of child who may have been exposed to or witnesses domestic
violence. This could lead to removal of a child from the household or limiting or restricting parental rights. If you have been charged with Domestic Assault, it is important to seek legal representation immediately to protect your rights and to minimize
the impact that a criminal charge of this nature may have on your life.


If you have been charged with domestic assault and need representation, contact the RI defense attorneys at the Law Office of John L. Calcagni III by email or call today at (401) 351-5100 to schedule a free consultation.