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April 2017 Archives

How does Rhode Island view marijuana?

While the federal government still views marijuana as a serious drug, Rhode Island has joined the list of states that has legalized it for medicinal purposes. Even without a prescription, if found with it in your possession in certain amounts, you may only be guilty of a civil offense. It is those accused of illegally distributing or cultivating the drug who will face the most severe penalties.

The walking field sobriety test

If you have been arrested for and charged with a suspected driving under the influence charge in Rhode Island, you can probably attest to the fear and uncertainty you felt when the officer or officers pulled you over. Many parts of that stop may be a blur to you as you were understandably scared and trying to figure out what was going to happen to you. 

What is the one-legged stand test?

Have you ever heard people talk about field sobriety tests and wondered exactly what those things were? Well, you are not alone. Knowing what these tests are and what they are used to determine or allow is important for anyone who drives in Rhode Island.

Defining white-collar crime

People in Newport may hear the term “white-collar crime” and conjure up images of debonair thieves stealing millions from giant corporations and being sent to the mythical “Club Fed” if they ever happen to get caught. However, such crimes are typically much less glamorous than popular media depicts them to be. Plus, the penalties that one may face for being convicted of such activity are often much more severe, as well.

Rhode Island State Police charge woman with DUI

Rhode Island residents may know that April is distracted driving awareness month but that does not mean that drivers will not need to watch out for officers and stops that may lead to other issues such as a drunk driving arrest. Even as April was imminent, one woman from Massachusetts learned this while driving southbound along a stretch of Route 295 in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island motorists will want to know about these three tests

Many people flock to Rhode Island this time of year to relax with their families and watch springtime come alive at scenic locations around the state. Of course, when tourist season piques, this also means roadways see even more traffic than usual. Many vacationers look forward to wining and dining while they're here, and this type of recreation often leads to trouble when a driver makes the choice to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.  

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