Title 11
Criminal Offenses

Chapter 1
General Provisions

R.I. Gen. Laws 11-1-2



 11-1-2.  Felony, misdemeanor — Petty misdemeanor, and violation distinguished.

Unless otherwise provided, any criminal offense which at any given time may be punished by imprisonment for a term of more than one year, or by a fine of more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), is declared to be a felony; any criminal offense which may be punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or both, is declared to be a misdemeanor; any criminal offense which may be punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months or by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500), or both, is declared to be a petty misdemeanor; and any offense which may be punished by only a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500) is declared to be a violation.

History of Section.
G.L. 1938, ch. 625, 74; P.L. 1941, ch. 983, 1; P.L. 1956, ch. 3721, 3; G.L. 1956, 11-1-2; P.L. 1971, ch. 115, 1; P.L. 1976, ch. 173, 1; P.L. 1979, ch. 222, 1; P.L. 1985, ch. 462, 3.