1. How Can I Get My Probation Terminated Early?

    Rhode Island has just codified a new rule which allows for the early probation termination, assuming that certain criteria is met.  This court rule was codified as part of a statewide effort to reduce the number of people currently on probation, as Rhode Island has one of the highest rates of probationers across the country….

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  2. How Much Good Time Can An Inmate Get?

    In Rhode Island, after a defendant has been sentenced to serve time at the Adult Correctional Institute (“ACI”), they generally become eligible to receive good time. Good time, as the name suggests, is credit given to an inmate for good behavior while in prison.  This credit is in the form of actual days shaven off…

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  3. Received a Ticket: Failure To Yield To An Emergency Vehicle?

    In Rhode Island, when an emergency vehicle has its lights and sirens on, you must yield to that vehicle.  Failure to do so, can result in a traffic ticket being issued against you and a very significant fine.  Rhode Island General Laws 31-17-6 provides impertinent part that: “(a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized…

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  4. What Are The Bail Guidelines In Rhode Island?

    Attorney Helps To Secure Bail For Clients: In Rhode Island, the setting of bail is always within the discretion of the court regardless of the offense, and cannot be prohibited by statute.  The primary purpose of bail, be it of the pre-trial or the post conviction variety, is to assure a defendant’s appearance in court…

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  5. What is A Laned Roadway Violation?

    In Rhode Island, a driver must use due care when making a roadway lane change.  Often times, when a police officer responds to an accident in which someone has been sideswiped by another car, the officer will issue a laned roadway violation ticket. The specific language of of the law governing this offense reads as…

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  6. What Are The Criminal Statute of Limitations In Rhode Island?

    In Rhode Island, if a charge is not brought against a person within a specific period of time, the right to prosecute that case is lost forever.  However, there are certain exceptions, as some charges have no limit on the time that they may be brought against a person.  Rhode Island General Laws 12-12-17 provides…

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  7. What Is Disorderly Conduct?

    In Rhode Island, understanding what constitutes disorderly conduct can be confusing. Often times, people generally think that the behavior proscribed by statute would tend to violate ones right to free speech.  The law draws a very pointed distinction, however.  More specifically, Rhode Island General Laws 11-45-1, otherwise known as the disorderly conduct statute provides that:  …

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  8. How Can I Get My Traffic Ticket Dismissed?

    In Rhode Island, if you are issued a traffic ticket, you may be eligible to get that traffic ticket dismissed under the Rhode Island Good Driver Statute.  Generally, if you have not had any traffic tickets for the past three (3) years, you can ask that a court dismiss your ticket. There are some exceptions….

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  9. Received a Ticket: Conditions Requiring Reduced Speed?

    Lawyer Fights Traffic Tickets: Conditions Requiring Reduced Speed. In Rhode Island, even if you have not hit another car, you can still be ticketed by police for Conditions Requiring Reduced Speed if you lose control of your car, due to weather conditions.  This is important when it comes to your insurance rates or general liability…

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  10. Can You Still Drive If You Get A DUI?

    In Rhode Island, a DUI charge can cause problems in your everyday life.  All DUI convictions and refusal to submit to breathalyzer violations, require some type of license suspension. Like most people, you still need to get to and from such things as work, medical appointments, and school. If your license is suspended due to a…

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