Title 12
Criminal Procedure

Chapter 17

R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-17-17

§ 12-17-17. Restrictions on the defense of provocation.

For purposes of determining sudden quarrel or heat of passion, the provocation was not objectively reasonable if it resulted solely from the discovery of, knowledge about, or potential disclosure of the victim’s actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation, including under circumstances in which the victim made an unwanted, non-forcible romantic or sexual advance toward the defendant, or if the defendant and victim dated or had a romantic relationship.

History of Section.
P.L. 2018, ch. 125, § 1; P.L. 2018, ch. 294, § 1.