Providence Legal Issues Blog

Opting for a divorce lawyer over mediation

Rhode Island couples often consider alternatives to litigation, such as mediation, when it comes to ending their marriage. However, there are situations in which it will be necessary to seek out the services of an attorney to ensure that one's rights and interests are being protected. In order for 

Women should take charge of their post-divorce finances

Rhode Island women who are considering divorce may be thinking about how their finances will be affected in the future. Due to realities such as the pay gap and gender roles, women often have a harder time than men becoming financially stable after their marriage ends. The median income for women is about 82 percent that of men. Depending on the race or profession of the woman, the discrepancy in wages can be even bigger. This means that after a divorce, it is more likely that a wom

Why police make false DUI arrests

One unfortunate reality of law enforcement is that police officers have flaws. They are human. They may even make serious mistakes and issue false arrests for a variety of reasons, some malicious. For example, perhaps one police officer does not like how a driver responded to a question after he pulled him over, and the officer decides to charge him with DUI. Another officer might target racial minorities by inventing reasons to pull drivers over. 

2nd car crash for Rhode Island man results in criminal charges

Police investigators in Richmond had to piece together the events of a single-vehicle crash that killed a 37-year-old woman. She had been the passenger in a car driven by a 36-year-old man from Charlestown, who authorities found walking on the side of the road four hours after the accident. After providing the man with medical treatment at Kent County Hospital, law enforcement charged him with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He has been jailed without bail because of violatin

Device developed to alert fatigued drivers

Drivers in Rhode Island may have the opportunity to purchase a device that will alert them when they are in danger of falling asleep at the wheel. The Steer, a device that is worn on the wrist and that was developed by Creative Mode, measures sweat and heart rate to determine when a person is falling asleep. First, it delivers a vibration, and then it shocks the driver. At this point, the driver should find a place to rest and pull over. The founder of Creative Mode says that he did

Fair warning: Rhode Island drunk driving penalties are stiff

In Rhode Island, driving while intoxicated is a term based on a blood alcohol content reading of 0.08 percent or higher. Drivers under the age of 21 can be charged with driving under the influence with a BAC of between 0.02 and 0.08 percent. The penalties are significant, and they vary depending on BAC level and the number of offenses. In addition, if a drunk driver is responsible for seriously injuring or killing someone, the DWI or DUI misdemeanor becomes a felony.

IIHS links higher speed limits with increased fatalities

Lawmakers in Rhode Island have chosen not to raise speed limits above 65 mph even on busy interstate highways, and their cautious approach likely saves dozens of lives each year according to a leading road safety group. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has studied how higher speed limits have impacted traffic accident fatalities in the United States, and it has concluded that road deaths rise by about 4 percent for each 5 mph increase. The nonprofit group also says that higher speed

Consequences for a first offense DUI in Rhode Island

A first offense for driving under the influence in Rhode Island comes with varying penalties depending on the facts of your case. If you are facing charges for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions. You are likely wondering whether you will face jail time or how expensive your fines will be. Each conviction is unique, but we can get an idea of the penalties from 

Career could play a major role in the decision to divorce

Rhode Island couples may be more likely to divorce depending on their career choices, shows an analysis of U.S. census data. The highest rate of divorce for people across the United States was experienced by first-line enlisted military supervisors. They had a divorce rate of 30 percent. An array of other professions were slightly less likely to 

Common myths about divorce

Rhode Island couples who are getting a divorce may receive advice from others, but that advice might not be based on facts. For example, it is not possible for both parties to be represented by the same attorney. Another possible misconception is that a person's pension is protected. Divorce is one of the exceptions, and it may be divided even if only one person has worked outside the home. While it is possible to l

Fourth of July top source of summer car accidents

Many Rhode Island families look forward to summer vacations, but traveling during the first four days of July exposes people to the highest risk of motor vehicle accidents. When the Travelers Companies, Inc. analyzed accident claim data between 2012 and 2016, the company identified the Fourth of July holiday as more dangerous than Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. An insurance company vice president said that Indepen

First steps in resolving a car crash

A Rhode Island motorist's immediate actions following a car accident could play a part in determining just how well that person's best interests will ultimately be protected. Before calling an attorney, drivers who have been involved in an accident that wasn't their fault should take certain steps while still at the scene. Some accidents may only be minor. After 

Rhode Island House unanimously passes expungement bill

The Rhode Island House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on June 8 that would allow judges in the state to expunge the criminal records of individuals with as many as five misdemeanor convictions. A similar bill stalled in the Senate in 2016 after clearing the House. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is championing the bill, and the measure has a diverse group of supporters ranging from civil and minority rights advocates to members of the gun lobby. Expunging criminal rec

A guide to domestic abuse restraining orders in Rhode Island

If you think you are dealing with domestic violence, it is crucial for you to know your rights to protection. You might have questions about filing a restraining order, including where you file, what it entails and if you are dealing with what the law terms as domestic abuse. The purpose of this post is to answer all of these questions and give you a path to safety. Your well-being is the top priority in this type of situation. Keep reading to learn about 

Options for child support agreements

For Rhode Island parents who have minor children and who are getting a divorce, there are several ways that child support may be decided. The court may enter a child support order, but before this, parents have a number of opportunities to make their own decisions about support. Informal negotiations may be carried out either with or without attorneys present, or the attorneys themselves may do these negotiations. Collaborative law and mediation provide the opportunity for more form

Providence Woman Facing More Than DUI Charges After Driving Drunk

Taking a chance with drunk driving could have you facing much more than just DUI charges. A Providence woman recently found that out when she was pulled over for speeding and running stop signs at 1:00 am on Friday, June 2nd. When the police pulled her over, they found f

New Bill To Protect Domestic Abuse Victims From Gun Violence

New Bill To Protect Domestic Abuse Victims From Gun Violence Domestic violence is a scourge that affects the lives of too many people. When violence is part of a couple’s or family’s home life, women, children and men are put at risk. Any steps that can be taken to protect people from the threat of domestic violence, should be taken. Yet, he

How nesting changes the shared custody paradigm

Rhode Island parents who are contemplating a divorce have several options when it comes to raising their children. In many cases, a child will live with one parent during the week while living with the other on the weekend. While a specific custody arrangement may differ from that format, it still requires a child to live in two different homes. Nesting is a new form of 





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