charges of third degree sexual assault

Rhode Island

If someone is being charged with third degree sexual assault, what would be the severity of their punishment? What possible punishments could they face?

Title 11 Criminal Offenses

§ 11-37-6 Third degree sexual assault. - A person is guilty of third degree sexual assault if he or she is over the age of eighteen (18) years and engaged in sexual penetration with another person over the age of fourteen (14) years and under the age of consent, sixteen (16) years of age.

§ 11-37-7 Penalty for third degree sexual assault. – Every person who shall commit sexual assault in the third degree shall be imprisoned for not more than five (5) years.

This would be the maximum allowed by law. There could be wide variation in actual sentencing depending on circumstances, first time offenders, multiple offenses, etc...