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July 2017 Archives

Installing an ignition interlock device to get a hardship license

Drunk driving in Rhode Island can bring various penalties that may have a significant impact on your life. From your personal freedom to your right to drive, you may find it beneficial to confront these charges in the hopes of mitigating some of these penalties. 

The outlook of marijuana laws

A highly controversial topic that has only gained traction over recent years, cannabis laws in America are ever-changing and researched continually. Marijuana is still seen as a Schedule I drug according to the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970, but is more recently exempt from such laws due to its various uses in some states. Rhode Island was one of the states on the East Coast that contained marijuana legalization measures on the ballot for the November 2016 election.

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.

What is the eye field sobriety test?

If you or someone you know has been charged with a driving under the influence offense in Rhode Island, it will be important for you to fully understand the arrest and criminal defense process. Once you have been stopped by an officer for whatever reason, you may be asked to take certain tests if that officer suspects that you may be impaired by drugs or alcohol. These tests do not and cannot prove that you are intoxicated. However, they can provide legal support for an officer to place you under arrest for a DUI. 

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. 

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