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“Kristen’s Law” – Rhode Island to Punish Drug Dealers in Overdose Deaths

In July 2018, Rhode Island lawmakers passed “Kristen’s Law.”  This law, created by 2018-H 7715Aaa and 2018-S 2279B, is aptly named for Kristen Coutu, a twenty-nine-year-old Cranston woman who passed away in 2014 after taking a fatal dose of fentanyl, that she thought was heroin. What is Kristen’s Law? Kristen’s Law is codified in Rhode Island General Law §11-23-7 and...

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Rhode Island Announces Legislation to Reclassify Simple Drug Possession as Misdemeanors

Rhode Island State Attorney General Peter Neronha recently announced new legislation that, if passed, will reclassify simple drug possession for personal use as a misdemeanor. The bill is being introduced in the State Senate by Senate Majority Leader Michael McCaffrey (Democrat, District 29, Warwick). If Passed, What Changes Will This Bill Bring to Rhode Island? Currently, under Rhode Island General Laws...

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Animal Cruelty Laws in Rhode Island

In recent years, Rhode Island lawmakers have begun to crack down on so-called animal abusers.  This blog explains what is included in the animal cruelty statutes, what the penalties are for committing an animal abuse crime, and details some new legislation that would create an “animal abuse registry.” What is Animal Cruelty? Animal cruelty is best defined as the...

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Allison C. Abilheira Selected for Superlawyers for the Second Consecutive Year

Abilheira Law is proud to announce that attorney Allison C. Abilheira has been selected as one of the 2018 Superlawyers Rising Stars for Rhode Island in the area of Criminal Defense. This is the second consecutive year that Attorney Abilheira has been chosen for this prestigious award. Rising Star nominees are subjected to a competitive selection process. In fact,...

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Rhode Island Passes New Law Allowing Decriminalized Offenses to Be Expunged

On July 2, 2018, a new expungement bill became law in Rhode Island, allowing individuals to expunge a criminal conviction if the offense is subsequently decriminalized. House Bill 8355 and its Senate counterpart, Bill 2447, created a new category for expungement under Rhode Island General Laws §12-1.3-2. The new subsection (g) states as follows: Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) through (f)...

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What Rhode Island Drivers Need to Know About the New “Hands Free” Law

On Friday, June 1, 2018, Rhode Island will go “hands free.” This movement comes in response to a law, § 31-22-31, passed last year in an attempt to cut down on distracted driving. What is prohibited under the new hands free law? The new law entitled “mobile telephone usage by motor vehicle operators” will prohibit motorists from “operating a...

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Allison C. Abilheira Has Been Nominated and Accepted as a Two Years AIOCLA’S 10 Best in Rhode Island For Client Satisfaction

The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys has recognized the exceptional performance of Rhode Island’s Criminal Law Attorney Allison C. Abilheira as Two Years 10 Best Criminal Law Attorneys for Client Satisfaction. The American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys is a third-party attorney rating organization that publishes an annual list of the Top 10 Criminal Law attorneys in each...

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Expunging a DUI in Rhode Island

In today’s blog, the Rhode Island DUI expungement lawyers at Abilheira Law answer frequently asked questions (FAQ) regarding expunging a driving under the influence (DUI) charge in Rhode Island. What is the Difference Between Sealing and Expunging a DUI Record? Sealing and expungement accomplish the same goal: removing a DUI charge from your criminal record. However, whether a Motion...

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Attorney Allison Abilheira Published in the Rhode Island Bar Journal

Abilheira Law is proud to announce the publication of “A Comprehensive Guide to Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records After New Reform” by attorney Allison Abilheira in the Rhode Island Bar Journal’s March/April 2018 edition. Attorney Abilheira has dedicated much of her career to helping individuals clear their criminal record. Most notably, in 2013, Attorney Abilheira argued a landmark case...

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Allison C. Abilheira Selected for 2017 Superlawyers

Abilheira Law is proud to announce that attorney Allison C. Abilheira has been selected as one of the 2017 Superlawyers Rising Stars for Rhode Island in the category of Criminal Defense/ DUI Lawyers. Before being designated as a Rising Star, nominees are subjected to a competitive selection process. Only 2.5% of the lawyers in each state secure this prestigious...

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