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What Not to Do If You’re Arrested

There’s no doubt that being arrested for any kind of crime can be a very scary situation. Most likely, you aren’t sure what’s going to happen next or what you should even do at a time like this. The good news is, you don’t have to panic or feel intimidated by being in the police station, surrounded by officers. You can remain calm, cool, and collected and handle the situation in the best way possible. You just need to know what not to do if you’re arrested. Keep this advice in mind…  Read more

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What’s the Difference Between a DUI and a DWI?

You’ve likely heard of both a DUI and a DWI, but do you know the difference between the two? “DUI” is an acronym that stands for driving under the influence. “DWI” stands for driving while intoxicated or impaired. Many states use both of these terms and in some cases, a DWI will strictly refer to someone being intoxicated with alcohol, while a DUI refers to being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Some states will use them the other way around. It really depends on the state you live in and how they choose to use each of the acronyms.

In the state of Rhode Island, both DUI and DWI are used interchangeably for drunk driving offenses. You may even come across the phrase, operating while impaired (OWI) used in Rhode Island as well. The use of the word “operating” is meant to cover more than just driving under the influence. It also means that someone can be charged even if the vehicle is stopped and not running. For the full scoop on the difference between a DUI and a DWI, we have some Rhode Island DWI/DUI facts for you.  Read more

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How Long Does it Take to Expunge a Case?

When you are arrested and charged with a crime, the details of the case are put online for all the world to see. A quick search online by anyone (e.g. family, friends, co-workers) will reveal any crime you have been charged with, as your public record is free for anyone to view. Having that information available to the public isn’t always a good thing. When you’re applying for a job or trying to get housing from a potential landlord, a background check will likely be conducted. All of this information will come up for them to see.  Read more

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How a DUI in College Could Affect Your Future

As a college student, you have a pretty full schedule ahead of you. You’re attending classes, studying, and possibly working off-campus so you can make enough money to put a dent in those student loans. As many college students do, you probably attend a few parties during the semester and ultimately have a few drinks. Many students turn to alcohol as a way to relieve the stress long hours of hitting the books can cause. If you’re of age, there’s nothing wrong with having a drink or two. However, many students make the poor decision of driving themselves home after a night of drinking.

Driving under the influence is never acceptable and will put you and those around you in tremendous danger because there’s an increased risk of causing a traffic accident. If you are caught driving drunk, having that arrest on your record is not going to look good. In fact, getting a DUI in college could affect your future. And not in a good way! Here’s why getting a DUI in college can be pretty detrimental for you and the career ahead of you. Read more

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What to Do Directly After You Are Arrested

Being arrested, whether it’s for a DUI or any other crime, can be a stressful and scary situation. If you’ve never been arrested before, you likely have no idea what to expect. And no matter how many times it’s happened to you, you still need to think carefully about what your next move will be. To help make this a bit of an easier time for you, we’re sharing a few tips so you will know what to do directly after you are arrested.  Read more

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How to Avoid a DUI During the Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for enjoying the company of your loved ones, celebrating, and partaking in all of the fun festivities. Unfortunately, it’s also a time of year where the number of DUI arrests increases. Because so many people are attending holiday parties and dinners, they often decide to have a drink or two. And there’s nothing wrong with that! However, the problem arises when you have a few drinks and decide to drive yourself home.

Driving under the influence is never a good idea. It puts you and those around you in danger. And let’s just say that a DUI is a quick way to put a damper on what is meant to be a fun time of year. To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, we’re sharing how to avoid a DUI during the holiday season…  Read more

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New R.I. Drunken-Driving Campaign Hits Hard

The recorded warnings from the Rhode Island State Police this holiday season are quite different from the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” video campaign you’ve seen in the past.

The new approach, part of a series that cost $75,000 to produce, opens to a tense beat and the words “Viewer Discretion is Advised.”


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What to Do if Your Child Receives a DUI

Has your child just received a DUI? As a parent, this is no doubt a very stressful and scary situation. If you have never dealt with this previously, you are likely wondering what to expect. What kind of consequences will your child face? Will there be jail time? There are a lot of questions likely filing your mind at a time like this. To guide you through such a tough situation, we are sharing some advice on what to do if your child receives a DUI.  Read more

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Is Your Rhode Island Criminal Record Making it Hard for You to Find Work? Here’s What You Can Do.

If you have ever been on the hunt for a new job, you know the search is not easy. It’s even more difficult to find a great job when you have prior convictions tarnishing your public record. After all, it’s no secret that many employers conduct background checks on potential candidates for jobs. They want to know what kind of trouble, if any, you have gotten into over the years and how that will impact your job with them. Because your criminal record is public information, anyone can do a quick search online to find out about your troubled past.

While that may seem pretty discouraging, you don’t have to let it get you down. Despite having a few convictions on your record, you can still land yourself a good job. To help you understand more about background checks and the details employers can obtain, keep reading the information below.  Read more

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How to Choose a Rhode Island Bail Bondsman

Does someone you know need to post bail, but is unable to afford to pay the amount that was set by a judge? Instead of feeling like all hope is lost, there is still a way you can help. A bail bond provides a way for someone to get out of jail while awaiting for a trial to begin. Sometimes it can take a while before a trial date arrives and being able to wait that time outside of a jail cell can be a huge relief.

Before securing a bail bond, it’s important to understand what exactly a bail bond is, what a bail bondsman does, and how to choose the right bail bondsman. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about choosing a Rhode Island bail bondsman.  Read more