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Understanding Your Spouse's Rights While in Custody for a Sex Offense Charge in Rhode Island

Understanding Your Spouse's Rights While in Custody for a Sex Offense Charge in Rhode Island

If your spouse has been taken into custody for a sex offense charge in Rhode Island, it's important to understand their rights during this challenging time. This page provides information about the rights your spouse maintains while in custody, helping you navigate the legal process and support them effectively.

1. Right to Legal Counsel

Your spouse has the right to legal representation. They should consult with an attorney experienced in sex offense cases to ensure their rights are protected, and they receive appropriate guidance and defense.

2. Right to Remain Silent

Your spouse has the right to remain silent during questioning by law enforcement. Encourage them to exercise this right and consult their attorney before speaking with anyone about the case.

3. Right to a Fair Trial

Your spouse is entitled to a fair trial, which includes the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the right to present evidence, and the opportunity to cross-examine witnesses.

4. Right to Due Process

Your spouse has the right to due process, which ensures that they are treated fairly under the law. This includes proper notification of charges, access to evidence, and the opportunity to present a defense.

5. Right to Protection from Self-Incrimination

Your spouse cannot be compelled to testify against themselves. This right also prevents any illegally obtained statements they make from being used against them in court.

6. Right to Medical Care

Your spouse has the right to receive appropriate medical care while in custody. This includes access to necessary medications and treatments.

7. Right to Contact an Attorney

Your spouse has the right to contact an attorney at any time. If they're in custody and haven't yet consulted an attorney, they should do so as soon as possible.  In Rhode Island, there is a period of delay in an inmate's ability to access the telephone.  You may contact attorneys and request the attorney conduct a confidential consultation with your spouse at the prison.  The decision about which attorney to hire ultimately belongs to the client, so beware of an attorney that skips the important step of meeting with the client! 

8. Right to Visitation

While the specifics may vary based on the facility and the charges, your spouse generally has the right to receive visits from family members, including you. It's important to understand the visitation policies of the specific facility.

9. Right to Review Evidence

Your spouse and their attorney have the right to review evidence that will be presented against them in court. This helps them prepare an effective defense strategy.

10. Right to Protection from Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Your spouse has the right to be treated humanely and protected from any form of cruel or unusual punishment while in custody.


Understanding your spouse's rights while in custody for a sex offense charge is essential for ensuring they are treated fairly and their legal interests are protected. While the legal process can be complex, knowing their rights empowers you to support them effectively and navigate this challenging situation with confidence. Encourage your spouse to work closely with their legal counsel to uphold their rights and seek the best possible outcome for their case.  Contact Manosh Payette, LLC, because your future deserves the best defense

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