Criminal Law

Through careful research, case analytics and expert testimony, we defend clients who have been accused of committing a crime in an effort to win our clients’ freedom, negotiate a plea bargain or pay a settlement. At Petrarca and Petrarca Law, we have extensive experience defending clients accused of a DUI, possession of controlled substance, domestic issues, and refusals. We practice in Rhode Island State and Federal Court and have a combined 40 years of experience. If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney, look no further than Petrarca and Petrarca Law.

“we have extensive experience with defending clients accused of a DUI, possession of controlled substance, domestic issues, and refusals

Assault vs. Battery

ASSAULT is the verbal or bodily intimidation or threats, such as throwing a punch whether or not it connects, whereas BATTERY refers to the unwanted touching regardless of the force.

Traffic, Speeding and Driver's License Violations

Penalties for traffic violations include fines, license suspension, and increased insurance rates. Before you pay or admit to a traffic violation, talk to the firm that knows all the in’s and out’s of the State’s traffic laws. We filed and won a historic class action speed camera lawsuit against the City of Providence.

Over 40 Years Combined Experience

At Petrarca & Petrarca Law Offices, we are dedicated to getting our clients the justice, compensation, and help they need. With knowledgeable and experienced lawyers and staff, we will work diligently to resolve your case. Petrarca & Petrarca Law Offices have earned a reputation for being aggressive lawyers in the courtroom and for our significant financial recoveries on behalf of our clients.

Free Case Evaluation

Contact our law offices today to schedule a free consultation and learn why we pride ourselves on our reputation and how that translates to your success in the case we pursue with you.

Our office is located in Providence, Rhode Island. You can reach us at 401-273-1111.

We represent clients in many different types of criminal law cases:

Assault and Battery

ASSAULT means verbal or bodily intimidation or threats, such as throwing a punch whether or not it connects

BATTERY means unwanted physical contact regardless of the force

Penalties for Assault and Battery in Rhode Island:

  • In most cases, assault and battery have the same punishments
  • Most sentences will include up to 1 year in jail and up to $1000 in fines
  • If the charge is linked to domestic violence, the penalties can include stiffer fines and increased jail time
  • A conviction for assault or battery could also lead to a civil lawsuit from the alleged victim

FELONY ASSAULT

If you are charged with assault that involves a dangerous weapon or results in serious bodily injury of someone else, you can be charged with felony assault under Title 11 § 11-5-2 of the General Laws of the State of Rhode Island; if convicted, you could receive a sentence of six to twenty years in prison.

Trust our trial attorney to vigorously defend your rights against the prosecution.

Domestic Violence Charges

Penalties for domestic violence can lead to jail time, mandatory programs, and fees.  If convicted, you will have a criminal record that will not be able to be expunged. Let us discuss your case with you and show you how we can minimize the effects of the charge

Traffic and Driver’s License Cases

COME TO THE FIRM THAT FILED AND SUCCESSFULLY SETTLED A SPEED CAMERA CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE.

Penalties for traffic violations include fines, license suspension, and increased insurance rates. Before you pay or admit to a traffic violation, talk to the firm that knows all the in’s and out’s of the State of Rhode Island’s traffic laws.

Felony Charges

Felony charges include Arson, Vehicular Homicide, Assault/Aggravated assault, Kidnapping, and Manslaughter.

Our firm is 100% dedicated to zealously advocating for our clients. We devote our resources to developing the most up to date defense strategies from preliminary investigations to the trial. We have an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system in RI built from years of experience navigating the complexities of the judicial system.

“If you are looking for a criminal defense attorney, look no further than Petrarca and Petrarca Law.”

We have an in-depth understanding of the criminal law justice system in RI built from years of experience navigating the complexities of the judicial system. Contact us today.

Our Expertise

Our dedicated and experienced team of criminal law experts has earned a reputation for defending our clients against criminal charges.

Personal Injury

Motor Vehicle Property Damage

Administrative Appeals

Liquor Licensing

Litigation

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Our Location

We are conveniently located off I-95 in Providence, Rhode Island.

Our History

2001

Established in Providence, Rhode Island

2021

Celebrating 20 Years of Success

In 2021 we are celebrating our 20th year at our Providence, RI offices. With thousands of cases in our portfolio, we are more compelled than ever to get justice for our clients.

Every Person Who Walks Through Our Door
Is Important To Us.