Penalties for Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test in Rhode Island July 12, 2017 Pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, 31-27-2.1, when Rhode Islanders obtain their license they automatically consent to submit to a chemical test (breathalyzer) if asked to do so by law enforcement officials. This concept is referred to as “implied consent.” [...]Continue reading

Rhode Island's Expungement of Criminal Records Procedure June 5, 2017 “Expungement” is a legal procedure, which allows eligible and deserving individuals to have all records relating to their criminal charges removed from law enforcement departments and public records. The following sections will explore Rhode Island’s law regarding the expungement of criminal records, who is eligible [...]Continue reading

Rhode Island's Disorderly Conduct Statute and Penalties May 7, 2017 Like most states, Rhode Island’s disorderly conduct statute encompasses broad language, which allows law enforcement officials to arrest individuals for engaging in a variety of disruptive and/or offensive behaviors. Stated differently, disorderly conduct laws are often used as a catch-all charge for trivial offenses. In [...]Continue reading

Rhode Island Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Penalties April 6, 2017 Since driving under the influence (DUI) often results in serious and even fatal accidents, the State of Rhode Island has imposed strict laws and penalties. The penalties for DUI’s vary depending on the individual’s previous history with DUI’s and their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). [...]Continue reading

RI Simple Assault and/or Battery Statute and Penalties March 7, 2017 Today, the terms “assault” and “battery” are often used interchangeably; however, these terms actually differ in meaning. An assault is either an attempted or threatened battery. By contrast, a battery is a completed assault and involves actual contact.  Pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, [...]Continue reading