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COVID-19 Fraud

The United States Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has recently notified the public about fraud schemes related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies are responding to allegations of COVID-19 fraud by both individuals and companies during these difficult and unprecedented times. Some of… read more

DUI Refusals and How to Get Through It

Have you been charged with a DUI in Rhode Island?  In Rhode Island, whether you are charged with a DWI ticket (driving while intoxicated), DUI (driving under the influence), operating while intoxicated (OWI), or operating under the influence (OUI) – you are being accused of driving or operating a vehicle while impaired by the use… read more

What You Need to Know About Juvenile Law in RI

As much as you love your kids, you know that they are going to make mistakes from time to time, especially with all the time they have had on their hands lately! If your child or loved one has been charged with a juvenile offense, it is essential that you speak with an experienced Rhode… read more

False Accusations and What You Can Do!

The United States has an unusually high arrest rate compared to many other developed countries. Having a brush with the law and being charged with a crime—whether rightly or wrongly―is not at all uncommon during a lifetime. Although this is the case, you don’t have to stand for being falsely accused. According to some estimates,… read more

Cyber Crimes During a Global Pandemic 

In recent weeks, the FBI anticipates that cyber actors will exploit increased use of virtual environments by government agencies, the private sector, private organizations, and individuals as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These virtual environments are essential communication services for telework and education, in addition to conducting regular business as the world adapts to the new norm the virus has brought on. Cyber predators will take… read more

Sex Crimes Against Children in Rhode Island

At the Law Offices of Stefanie A. Murphy, we have successfully defended clients against sex crimes against children such as: Child molestation Indecent solicitation of a child Child pornography Exploitation of a child for immoral purposes Child Molestation- In Rhode Island, child molestation is categorized based on degree of severity. What degree you are charged… read more

Why Assault Charges Arise from Simple Situations

There are several potential sentences due to the complex and confusing definitions of an assault in the state of Rhode Island.  In fact, most assault charges originate from simple situations but can lead to serious criminal charges.  And, I’m sure having a criminal record or jail time on your back is not something you want.   Assault, implying violence, doesn’t have to… read more

What to do When You’re Pulled Over By Police

When you’re pulled over by police, it’s natural for your mind to start racing. You’re panicked for a variety of reasons and it’s almost impossible to think quickly and clearly about your rights and what you should expect. Depending on your past experiences with police officers, you may also be very afraid for your safety… read more

What to Do When You’re Falsely Accused of Domestic Violence

Have you been falsely accused of domestic violence? You have options! Read on to learn everything you need to know about defending yourself. False accusations of domestic violence have been making headlines now more than ever before. In fact, these claims are happening so often that concerned citizens have even submitted a formal petition to… read more

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

“My spouse was arrested and charged with a domestic assault in Rhode Island. 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?” This… read more

$500 UBER Gift Card St. Paddy’s Day Giveaway

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   

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