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Possession of a knife can implicate weapons violations

Firearms are not the only kind of weapons addressed under Rhode Island’s weapons violations laws. Rhode Island has a robust set of criminal laws designed to curb violence by restricting the possession or carrying of various weapons. While most people are aware of the existence of stringent laws regarding firearms, many may be less familiar with the prohibitions on other weapons as well.

White collar crime search warrants

Many in Rhode Island associate the word "crime" with violence, but financial crimes carry their own consequences and may affect many people who are strangers. According to The Atlantic, the term "white collar crime" was coined in 1939 by a criminologist who believed illegal acts committed by professionals deserved special attention. Typically having to do with money, white collar crime often refers to embezzlement, wire or bank fraud, tax evasion or insider trading, among other charges. 

Understanding cell phones and search warrants

All Rhode Island citizens have the right to protection from unlawful searches, and understanding how cell phones are included in this is of paramount importance if law enforcement is investigating a person for a crime. With texts, email, social media and even banking often taking place with the use of a personal cell phone, it is only within the past few years that the U.S. Supreme Court has clarified how the Fourth Amendment applies.

Bill to expunge records passes House committee

Criminal records can be difficult to recover from, and in Rhode Island, lawmakers are attempting to make past convictions a thing of the past. The Providence Journal reports that a new bill, which would allow up to five misdemeanors to be expunged from an offender’s record, was unanimously approved by the important Rhode Island House Judiciary Committee. The bill has not yet become law, and a similar measure died in the state Senate last year.

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.

Playing it smart with a DUI & DWI defense In Rhode Island

It's a common misconception that Rhode Island drivers are guilty as soon as they see the flashing red lights in their rear view mirrors. Drivers may know they have been drinking alcohol and are probably over the limit of .08 and thus act the part by nearly convicting themselves. But one of the greatest parts of our legal system is that we are innocent until proven guilty.

What do changes in Rhode Island and Massachusetts OUI/DUI laws mean for you?

In 2015, Rhode Island enacted a new law regarding the use of ignition interlock devices in DUI cases. The new law allows judges to require people with a blood alcohol concentration over twice the legal limit to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicles. Repeat DUI offenders must also have the device installed.

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