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DUI Dismissals and Amendments – Part 3 of 3 in the 2021 RI DUI Blog Series

After nearly a decade of successfully defending clients charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Rhode Island, the criminal charges defense lawyers at Abilheira Law, LLC have been asked many of the same questions by their clients. As a result, we have put together a three-part DUI series, answering some of the most common RI DUI questions. Over...

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First Offense DUI’s in Rhode Island – Part 2 of 3 in the 2021 RI DUI Blog Series

After years of defending clients charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Rhode Island, our attorneys have heard similar questions time and time again. As a result, we have put together a three-part DUI series, answering some of the most common RI DUI questions. In this second blog of the series, we will discuss first offense DUI’s in...

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DUI Arraignments in Rhode Island

Part 1 of 3 in the 2021 Blog Series As experienced driving under the influence (DUI) lawyers in Rhode Island (RI), our attorneys tend to hear the same questions time and time again. As a result, we have put together a three-part DUI series, answering some of the most common questions. In this first blog, we will discuss DUI...

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Rhode Island Legislatures Propose Expungement of Past Marijuana Convictions

Although Rhode Island decriminalized minor marijuana possession offenses in 2013, many people are still denied jobs and other opportunities based on their marijuana-related record as it currently stands. Senator Harold Metts previously stated, “[i]f an act has been decriminalized since a person was charged and paid their price for it, that person shouldn’t have to keep paying the price...

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Allison Abilheira Nominated for Superlawyers for the Fourth Consecutive Year!

Allison Abilheira Nominated for Superlawyers for the Fourth Consecutive Year! Abilheira Law is proud to announce that attorney Allison C. Abilheira has been selected as one of the 2020 Superlawyers Rising Stars for Rhode Island in the practice area of Criminal Defense. This is the fourth consecutive year that Attorney Abilheira has been chosen for this prestigious award! Rising...

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What to Expect in Rhode Island Courts During the Covid-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 is affecting all of our lives in many ways that are changing quickly; these are unprecedented times. You might be wondering how it will affect your court case in Rhode Island. Please be advised that the Rhode Island courts are up and running on a limited basis and they may look and feel a little different. Court Proceedings...

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FRAUD ALERT

Recently, the attorneys at Abilheira Law, LLC learned that they had been victimized by internet scammers from outside of the United States. These fraudsters took our website, used the name of our firm, the names of our lawyers, our photos and other online content, to perpetuate an internet scam. After reporting the misuse of our information to several agencies,...

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What Is Reasonable Suspicion?

What Is Reasonable Suspicion And What Does It Allow the Police To Do? Reasonable suspicion is a lesser standard than probable cause. A police officer has “reasonable suspicion” to stop someone if s/he obtains a reasonable belief that crime is afoot. What this means is that police must be able to articulate specific facts that caused the officer to...

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Are DUI Checkpoints Constitutional in Rhode Island?

DUI checkpoints (also known as “mobile checkpoints” or “roadblocks”) are traffic stops not prompted by individual suspicions by police. In Michigan Dept. of State Police v. Sitz (1990), the United States Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of DUI checkpoints. In that case, the Court ruled that the “degree of intrusion” resulting from sobriety checkpoints does not exceed the danger...

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Rhode Island Supreme Court Extends Motions to Seal to Civil Violations

In Rhode Island, individuals may be charged with a misdemeanor, a felony, a civil violation or an ordinance violation.  It has long been established that those individuals charged with a misdemeanor or felony may be eligible for a motion to seal/motion to expunge if they meet certain criteria.  However, Rhode Island judges have varied in their stance on sealing/expunging...

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