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Should 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?

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?

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

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

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 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

Restraining Orders in Rhode Island

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.

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Rhode Island Expungement Lawyer

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

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 more

Hardship Licenses – What You Need To Know

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 more

DUI’s and Refusals – FAQ’s

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 more

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

How do I get an interlock installed?

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 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