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Understanding the restrictions that come with restraining orders

It is often said that there is a thin line between love and hate. Perhaps there is no other scenario where this axiom is more evident than in dealing with domestic relations. Married couples in Newport typically share very strong feelings for each which can vacillate between love and hate very quickly. In the event that in a seemingly hateful moment, one spouse allegedly assaults the other, the supposed victim may choose to seek a restraining order against the other until the situation has been dealt with and resolved. Indeed, according to information shared by the Providence Journal, 2,900 of such orders were issued in 2013.

Defining the different levels of assault in Rhode Island

Altercations may be common in Newport, yet if you are like most, you may assume that few escalate into what many would consider to be assault. Yet oftentimes, clients come to us here at Lynch and Pine surprised to discover that what they may have classified as being minor scuffles end up netting them assault charges. If you have been involved in an altercation that could potentially result in criminal charges, you may want to exactly how the state defines assault, as well as what penalties you may face.

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