Since criminal acts are considered crimes against the state, they are pursued by attorneys who work on behalf of the state as prosecutors, using evidence and facts gathered by police. Crimes include those against other individuals, those involving property, and crimes involving vices such as illicit drugs. Welcome to FindLaw's Rhode Island Criminal Laws section, with legalese-free summaries of criminal laws ranging from marijuana possession to capital crimes. In this section, you'll learn about serious crimes such as child abuse, including a list of mandatory reporters; rape and sexual assault; various types of fraud; and more. Click on a link below to learn more about Rhode Island's criminal laws.