Domestic Disorderly Conduct Giving You a Fighting Chance

RI Domestic Disorderly Conduct Lawyer

Representation for Domestic Disorderly Conduct Charges in RI

Have you, a family member, or friend been arrested for domestic disorderly conduct in Rhode Island or Massachusetts? If so, you should contact The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. today so that you and domestic violence defense lawyer Tom Thomasian can begin discussing the strategy for how to fight the case against you.

Domestic disorderly conduct is a serious crime in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Upon conviction, a person can be imprisoned for up to six months, be required to undergo mandatory domestic violence counseling, and issued a no contact order with the complaining witness. No contact orders can result in removal from the family home and add familial hardship to an already stressful situation.

A criminal charge of domestic disorderly conduct should never be defended alone. Only an aggressive and experienced domestic disorderly conduct defense lawyer can help you achieve success in the courtroom. The firm has secured several victories for clients charged with domestic disorderly conduct.

Call 401.312.4385 to discuss your matter in a free case review.

What are the RI Laws Pertaining to Domestic Disorderly Conduct?

Rhode Island General Laws Title 11, Chapter 45, Section 1 and Title 12, Chapter 29, Section 5 define the crime of domestic disorderly conduct. Under these statutes, any family or household member who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly engages in fighting or threatening, or in violent or tumultuous behavior; or in a public place or near a private residence that he or she has no right to occupy, disturbs another person by making loud and unreasonable noise which under the circumstances would disturb a person of average sensibilities is guilty of domestic disorderly conduct.

Title 12, Chapter 29, Section 2 states that household or family member means:

  • Spouses
  • Former spouses
  • Adults who are blood-related or married
  • Adults who are currently living together or who have lived together within the last three (3) years
  • Persons who have a child in common regardless of whether they have been married or have lived together
  • If persons who are or have been in a substantive dating or engagement relationship within the past one year which shall be determined by the court's consideration of the following factors: the length of time of the relationship; and the type of the relationship; and the frequency of the interaction between the parties

Domestic disorderly conduct is a petty misdemeanor in RI. A petty misdemeanor in Rhode Island is any crime punishable by six months or less in jail. The penalties for violating the domestic disorderly conduct statute are found in Rhode Island General Laws Title 11, Chapter 45, Section 1(c) and Title 12, Chapter 29, Section 5. They state the maximum penalty for domestic disorderly conduct is imprisonment for a term of not more than six (6) months, or fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or both and ordered by the judge to attend, at his or her own expense, a batterer's intervention program appropriate to address his or her violent behavior as well as receive a no contact order with the complaining witness. Because domestic disorderly conduct is a petty misdemeanor, it is not subject to the Domestic Violence Prevention Act mandatory sentence enhancement for more than one conviction.

How can The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. help?

Our founding RI criminal attorney Tom has earned countless dismissals during his career and can put his considerable experience and knowledge of domestic violence criminal law to work on your behalf. Don't wait to reach out to The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. right away to set up a no-cost case consultation. Check out some recent successful cases involving domestic disorderly conduct.

If you would like to see if the RI defense firm can obtain positive results for you, please contact The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. today at 401.312.4385

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