Law BlogShould I get a lawyer for first time DUI?
In the state of Rhode Island, a first time DUI (Driving Under the Influence) charge with no injuries tends to be a misdemeanor. Even though the charge may be a misdemeanor the charge is still a criminal offense and can result in imprisonment for up to one (1) year and hefty fines that vary depending on whether it is your first or subsequent alcohol-related offense.Do DUI lawyers take payments? – What if I can’t afford an attorney for DUI?
If a person is facing criminal charges in general, but specifically for a DUI (Driving Under the Influence), a person has a right to representation, whether the representation is hired or not.How serious is a domestic violence charge? – How much does a lawyer cost for a domestic violence case?
Posted in General on September 22, 2021
Domestic violence charges vary in nature and fees and costs are mainly case by case basis. Domestic violence charges are serious in nature and can have very serious impacts on family, friends, and future job prospects.Why should I hire a lawyer for a traffic ticket?
Posted in General on August 19, 2021
Traffic tickets are very common occurrences and sometimes people receive traffic tickets for things that were out of their control or occasionally a person may receive a traffic ticket for things that they have done.Speeding Tickets
Posted in General on July 21, 2021
Traffic violations, including speeding tickets, are common. However, speeding tickets can have significant and enduring consequences which is why it is important to hire an experienced Rhode Island traffic offense lawyer! Rhode Island General Laws (RIGL) § 31-41.1-4 outlines all penalties for traffic violations, including speeding tickets.CDL Traffic Offenses and Penalties in Rhode Island
Posted in General on June 19, 2021
A commercial driver’s license (“CDL”) is required to operate any commercial motor vehicle (“CMV”) in the State of Rhode Island.Terminating Parental Rights in Rhode Island
Terminating Parental Rights in Rhode Island A parent’s parental rights are inherent but can be terminated where proper. Termination of parental rights (“TPR”) ends the legal parent-child relationship. Once the relationship has been terminated, the parent has no rights and the child is legally free to be placed. There are two types of TPR: Voluntary… read moreFive Ways to Beat a DUI Refusal or OUI
Posted in DUI on April 29, 2021
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 moreRestraining Orders in Rhode Island
Posted in General on February 28, 2021
After any criminal case is involved, it is essential to try to get your case expunged or sealed off your record. While both Motions to Expunge and Motions to Seal result in clearing the case from your criminal record, it is important to understand which needs to be filed in your case.Meet Brianna Byam
Posted in General on February 1, 2021
I love being an attorney, and more importantly, I love helping my clients. I have met some of the greatest individuals and families through my representation. It has been my pleasure to help them through very difficult situations.Rhode Island Expungement Lawyer
Posted in General on January 7, 2021
After any criminal case is involved, it is essential to try to get your case expunged or sealed off your record. While both Motions to Expunge and Motions to Seal result in clearing the case from your criminal record, it is important to understand which needs to be filed in your case.Rhode Island Divorce Lawyer
Posted in General on December 18, 2020
The Law Offices of Stefanie A. Murphy is here to help guide you through your divorce as professionally and efficiently as possible. We understand that you are handing over a very personal piece of your life to us; thus, we will take time to meet with you, understand your particular situation and provide clear legal… read moreHardship Licenses – What You Need To Know
Posted in General on November 25, 2020
For the last couple of 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,… read moreDUI’s and Refusals – FAQ’s
Posted in DUI on October 9, 2020
DUI’s and Refusals – Frequently Asked Questions What happens right after I am arrested and brought to the police station? In most cases, the police department who arrested you will release you to a sober adult, either with a bail commissioner setting bail or with a summons to appear in court. Either way, you will… read moreCOVID-19 Fraud
Posted in General on September 15, 2020
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 moreDUI Refusals and How to Get Through It
Posted in General on August 25, 2020
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 moreHow do I get an interlock installed?
Posted in DUI on July 10, 2020
The first step is to contact one of the interlock companies that operate in the State of Rhode Island and set up an account with them. Here is the list of companies and the contact information. – A LifeSafer of RI– 1-800-634-3077 -1A Smart Start, LLC – 1-844-357-9273 – A & A Interlock – 1-800-749-7791… read moreWhat You Need to Know About Juvenile Law in RI
Posted in General on June 5, 2020
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 moreFalse 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 moreCyber Crimes During a Global Pandemic
Posted in General on April 20, 2020
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