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How Do I Vacate a No-Contact Order in Rhode Island?

Question My spouse was arrested and charged with a domestic assault. As a result of being arrested, there is a no contact order that prevents my spouse from contacting me. The police made a mistake and my spouse should not have been arrested. How do I get the no contact order removed? Answer This is… read more

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Help Get Out the Word to Prevent DUIs in Rhode Island   As a Rhode Island DUI lawyer, I have been working on DUI cases for nearly 15 years and have seen first hand how drastically they can affect someone’s life. The fines can be as much at $2000 or more and the drivers’ license… read more

Making My Own Path: A Woman in Private Criminal Defense

Here is a recent article I wrote that discusses my struggle with balancing professional and private life. https://ms-jd.org/blog/article/making-my-own-path-a-woman-in-private-criminal-defense   

Rhode Island DUI Trial Process

Every DUI starts with an arrest.  The police or justice of the peace will provide the motorist with papers that contain the court dates. If you were charged with refusal or traffic offenses, you will have a separate court date for those offenses. Rhode Island Arraignment or Re-Arraignment In regard to a DUI charge, your… read more

What is a Hardship License?

For the last couple years, Rhode Island (in some situations) allows a motorist who is charged with a refusal to submit to a chemical test or a motorist who pleas to a DUI to ask the Court for a hardship license. When Can I Request a Hardship License? In regard to a refusal charge, at… read more

What Happens If You Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?

If you refuse the Breathalyzer test, it will most likely result in the suspension of your license after the refusal arraignment but prior to any hearing of your case. The truth of the matter is that a refusal case is difficult to win. Before you refuse a Breathalyzer test, learn more about your circumstances and… read more

What Happens During a Field Sobriety Test?

Many times when a person is pulled over and the officer is trying to determine whether a motorist is under the influence of alcohol or drugs the officer will conduct field sobriety tests. Although there are three standardized field sobriety tests that are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manual (NHTSA Manual), there… read more

Should You Take a Breathalyzer Test?

When you are stopped by a police officer in Rhode Island for suspected drunk driving, you may be asked to take a Breathalyzer test. Should you refuse? The natural right to be free from self-incrimination would insist that “yes”, you should refuse. But Rhode Island is an “implied consent” state, meaning that one is assumed… read more

Five Ways to Beat a DUI Refusal or OUI

As a Rhode Island DUI attorney, I am frequently asked about ways to beat a DUI. While there is a lot of information regarding this topic, I have chosen the top five ways to beat a DUI refusal or OUI: 1. Don’t Provide Additional Information At the time of the stop, do not provide any… read more

New expungement law can help many

In the past, many defendants have been denied an expungement because they are not a first time offender.  Even if the prior offenses were 20 or 30 years old, under the old law, the Court would deny the expungement.   New 2017 legislation changes all of that!!! Now under the expungement laws- RIGL 12-1.3.-1, 12-1.3-2… read more

Fatal Stabbing in Taunton; Assailant Shot & Killed Providence Police Arrest Car Jacking Suspect

This person is facing some serious criminal charges – possible charges include carjacking, first degree robbery, and assault. When he is brought to court he will likely be held without bail. He will need an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight the hold without bail. If not, he can be held at the ACI while… read more

Providence Police Seize $500K in Heroin Police capture Central Falls man sought in double-shooting, assault Texting suicide suspect seeks suppression of statements Man arrested in shooting death of daughter in New Bedford Man charged with leaving son in hot car ordered to stay away from his children Warwick man charged with DUI after 2-car crash Middletown hotel homicide suspects arraigned Security camera catches men breaking into Fairhaven home