Rhode Island and Massachusetts Domestic Violence Attorney

What are Domestic Violence Offenses?


Domestic Violence Offenses are criminal acts that occur between individuals with familial, domestic or romantic relations.

Domestic Relationships

These include 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.

A crime can be designated as a domestic violence offense when the victim and the defendant are:

  • family or household members
  • former spouses
  • related by blood or marriage
  • have a child in common or have lived together within the past 3 years

Domestic violence charges are brought under the specific criminal act such as assault & battery, kidnapping, harassment, trespass, disorderly conduct etc.

In addition to the specific crimes charges the defendant may be ordered to attend batterer’s intervention programs, be ordered to have no contact with the victim, possible jail time and fees. The charges for a second domestic violence violation are much more sever and can include a longer jail sentence. If a third offense is committed there is a possibility of being charged with a felony rather than a misdemeanor which can have severe consequences for the defendant.

Domestic Violence Consequences

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 violence offenses often have collateral consequences associated with them 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.

What to do if you been charged with domestic violence

If you have been charged with a Domestic Violence Offense, it is important to seek legal representation immediately in order to protect your and your family’s rights and to minimize the impact that a criminal charge of this nature may have on your life.

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Domestic Violence Offenses

If you have been charged with a Domestic Violence Offense, Contact the Domestic Violence Defense Lawyers with John L. Calcagni by email or call today at (401) 351-5100 to schedule a free consultation.