Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 12-12-1.2

  • Designated assistants: as used in this chapter means any one of the attorneys employed full time by the attorney general, including, but not limited to, the positions of assistant attorney general, special assistant attorney general, and special counsel, who has been designated by the attorney general as an attorney authorized to prosecute by information charging. See Rhode Island General Laws 12-12-21
  • Indictment: The formal charge issued by a grand jury stating that there is enough evidence that the defendant committed the crime to justify having a trial; it is used primarily for felonies.

       Felonies — Less than capital or life, penalty.

Except for offenses punishable by death or by a term of life imprisonment or offenses arising in the land or naval forces or in the militia in actual service in time of war or public danger, an offense which may be punished by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year and/or by a fine exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000) may be prosecuted by indictment or information signed by the attorney general or one of the attorney general’s designated assistants.