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June 2017 Archives

Two drivers fail field tests and charged with DUI

Rhode Island residents who may be preparing for a fun holiday weekend as the Fourth of July approaches should remember that the state's laws on drunk driving are tough and penalties may have long-lasting effects on their lives. Two drivers are learning this firsthand today after they were recently arrested for and charged with suspected driving under the influence in Westerly.

You're headed for gun court if charged with weapons crimes here

If you want to incite a contentious debate among residents of the United States, a likely way to do so is to broach the topic of gun control wherever two or more people are present. In fact, it's probably one of the most controversial subjects in the nation after being a central focus of the most recent presidential election. The U.S. Constitution protects your right to keep and bear arms. Although such rights may not be infringed, the law of the land does not entirely prohibit firearms regulation.

Golfer's arrest shines light on drugged driving

Many across Rhode Island and across the nation have heard of the DUI arrest of famed golfer, Tiger Woods, that happened near his home in Florida at the end of May. Woods blew a .000 on his Breathalyzer, according to The Atlantic, but issued a statement saying his erratic driving was due to “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications."

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.

You need an attorney to fight cocaine charges

In Rhode Island, the law does not treat cocaine-related crimes mildly. As this drug can do significant harm, prosecuting attorneys will do everything in their power to seek maximum punishment in cocaine cases. If you find yourself facing cocaine-related drug charges, you need a strong defense.

Understanding the restrictions that come with restraining orders

It is often said that there is a thin line between love and hate. Perhaps there is no other scenario where this axiom is more evident than in dealing with domestic relations. Married couples in Newport typically share very strong feelings for each which can vacillate between love and hate very quickly. In the event that in a seemingly hateful moment, one spouse allegedly assaults the other, the supposed victim may choose to seek a restraining order against the other until the situation has been dealt with and resolved. Indeed, according to information shared by the Providence Journal, 2,900 of such orders were issued in 2013.

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