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Abilheira Law, LLC is passionate about representing and defending the criminally accused throughout Rhode Island. Their criminal defense attorneys have the experience, skill, and dedication to take on a broad range of charges, from DUI to domestic violence matters. They pride themselves on delivering strategic defenses and legal approaches tailored specifically to their clients’ cases. Over the years, their...

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Rhode Island Attempts to Regulate Uber and Lyft

Rhode Island legislators have proposed two new bills that would attempt to regulate ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft. If the legislation passes, it would require such companies to obtain a $10,000 to $15,000 “transportation network company permit” each year before operating within the State. The bills also attempt to regulate Uber and Lyft drivers. All drivers would face...

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10 New Marijuana Bills Considered by Lawmakers

Today the House Judiciary Committee met at the Rhode Island State House to consider 10 new marijuana-related bills. Some of the bills aim to legalize marijuana for medical use while others aim to legalize it for recreational use. Included in the group of bills are: A change to legalize recreational use of marijuana for those over the age of...

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Rhode Island to Target Seatbelt Violators

On Wednesday, March 23, the Rhode Island State Police will start a week long “click it or ticket” campaign, targeting seatbelt violations. In Rhode Island, seat belt violations are primary offenses, meaning that police officers can pull drivers over for this offense alone, without the presence of other moving violations like speeding. Under Rhode Island law, drivers can receive...

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2016 Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Leads to 80 Arrests

2016 Newport St. Patrick’s Day Parade Leads to 80 Arrests With the 60th annual Newport St. Patrick’s Day parade, thousands came into the small Rhode Island town to celebrate. Throughout the day, almost eighty (80) individuals were arrested in Newport alone, up from just fifty-seven (57) in 2015. Those arrested were charged with various crimes including: Minor in possession...

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Newport Rhode Island St. Patrick’s Day Parade Leads to Arrests

Each year, the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Newport, Rhode Island brings thousands into town to celebrate the Irish holiday. In past years, heavy drinking before, during, and after the parade has led to hundreds of arrests. In 2015 alone, eleven individuals were arrested for DUI while 57 others were arrested for various alcohol related offenses, disorderly conduct, resisting...

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Law Enforcement Sting Results in Arrests for Drug Trafficking

On February 29th city and state officials made the announcement that over 30 arrests had been made as part of “Operation Zero Tolerance,” a sting targeting endemic violence related to the drug trade. Over the course of ten months, Woonsocket Police and DEA agents seized approximately 25 grams of heroin, five grams of fentanyl, over 350 grams of cocaine,...

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Rhode Island Prostitution Sting Nets 13

On January 29, Cranston, Rhode Island Police Detectives orchestrated a sting operation targeting the “demand side” of prostitution. Posing as prostitutes, Detectives placed an advertisement on backpage.com, a website known for promoting escort services. During the course of the investigation, Detectives arrested and charged thirteen men from Rhode Island and Massachusetts with procurement of sex for a fee. Over...

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Rhode Island Reinstates Good Samaritan Overdose Prevention Act

Did you know that drug overdoses are the leading cause of death in Rhode Island? In 2014, overdose deaths in Rhode Island reached near crisis levels, with a startling 232 people dying from apparent overdoses. Of those overdose deaths, nearly 90% involved at least one opioid drug and/or opioid medication. Unfortunately, Rhode Island’s overdose problem did not improve much...

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Rhode Island Drunk Driving Laws Getting Tougher?

With the start of the New Year, the General Assembly is considering several pieces of legislation intended to toughen the existing DUI laws in Rhode Island. The new legislation aims to discourage people from getting behind the wheel after drinking by sharply increasing penalties for certain offenses. Increased Penalties for DUI Resulting in Death or Serious Bodily Injury Under...

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