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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

I got a DUI, what happens next? DUIs and Refusals – Frequently asked questions

DUIs and Refusals – Frequently asked questions I got a DUI, what happens next? What happens right after I am arrested and brought to 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… 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

DUI’s Explained – Learn everything you need to know about DUI’s

Substance-impaired driving is illegal and dangerous, and Rhode Island takes drunk driving very seriously. No matter the substance that has caused your impairment, the consequences of a DUI conviction can be extreme. But before we get started, you need to know the difference between DWI, DUI, OWI and OUI.

Have you been pulled over and ticketed for violating a Rhode Island traffic law?

Have you been pulled over and ticketed for violating a Rhode Island traffic law?  Stefanie Murphy can help resolve these matters in a favorable way.  If you have violated any of the following traffic laws, keep reading to see how Stefanie Murphy can help.  Speeding  Turn signal violation  Traffic device violation  Reckless driving   Presence of alcohol  Failure to wear seat belt  Driving… 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

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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   

Rhode Island DUI Trial Process

Every DUI starts with an arrest.  The police or justice of the peace will provide the motorist with papers that contain the court dates. If you were charged with refusal or traffic offenses, you will have a separate court date for those offenses. Rhode Island Arraignment or Re-Arraignment In regard to a DUI charge, your… read more

What is a Hardship License?

For the last couple 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, at… read more

What Happens If You Refuse a Breathalyzer Test?

If you refuse the Breathalyzer test, it will most likely result in the suspension of your license after the refusal arraignment but prior to any hearing of your case. The truth of the matter is that a refusal case is difficult to win. Before you refuse a Breathalyzer test, learn more about your circumstances and… read more

What Happens During a Field Sobriety Test?

Many times when a person is pulled over and the officer is trying to determine whether a motorist is under the influence of alcohol or drugs the officer will conduct field sobriety tests. Although there are three standardized field sobriety tests that are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration manual (NHTSA Manual), there… read more

Should You Take a Breathalyzer Test?

When you are stopped by a police officer in Rhode Island for suspected drunk driving, you may be asked to take a Breathalyzer test. Should you refuse? The natural right to be free from self-incrimination would insist that “yes”, you should refuse. But Rhode Island is an “implied consent” state, meaning that one is assumed… 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