When someone has an outstanding warrant out for their arrest, they are left with the choice of waiting to be caught or turning themselves in. Courts often look positively at those who take responsibility for their actions and turn themselves in. Often the court will grant bail so you can go home while your attorney […]Read More
Can I Terminate My Probation Early?
Many people contact me to see if they can terminate their probation early. Before 2017, there was no way to do this. In 2017, the law changed to allow for early termination, assuming that certain criteria have been met. The legislation was part of a package of bills known as the “Justice Reinvestment Legislation.” […]Read More
Impact of Car Accidents Effects More Than the Physical
Getting into a car accident can have many negative ramifications and can impact your life in many ways. You may suffer from physical injuries; endure property damage, ineligibility to work, and subsequently loss of wages. However one serious thing often neglected is the repercussion that car accidents can have on one’s mental health. Mental conditions […]Read More
Can I Challenge the Results of a Field Sobriety Test If I Have Been Charged with DUI?
During a DUI arrest, law enforcement may rely on field sobriety tests to determine whether a person has been driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Because the results of field sobriety tests are often based on the arresting officer’s subjective observations, an experienced DUI defense attorney can help to challenge those results. How […]Read More
Studying Solitary Confinement in Rhode Island’s Prison Is A Good First Step
Thanks to the leadership of Representative Aaron Regunberg, last fall, the Rhode Island General Assembly created a commission to study the use of solitary confinement at the ACI. This is an important first step as, until now, no one in the state was even tracking the frequency and impact of solitary confinement. Shockingly, the state […]Read More
The Atlantic: A Blueprint to End Mass Incarceration, Published December 16, 2016
Much of the debate surrounding mass incarceration is centered on its statistics: The United States has 5 percent of the world’s population and 25 percent of its prisoners; American prisons hold more inmates than Soviet gulags at their peak; a greater proportion of black Americans are imprisoned than black South Africans under apartheid. Now there’s […]Read More
The People vs. OJ Simpson
If you haven’t watched the FX series, you are seriously missing out. I know, I know, you think you don’t need to watch it because you lived through it. But the show is incredibly well done and entertaining. Here are my takeaways from the perspective of a criminal defense attorney. I did not remember that […]Read More
Why Car Accidents Increase Over the Holidays
According to a 2005 report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, two of the four deadliest days on the road are December 23 and December 24. The six-day period that includes Christmas had 18% more auto accidents than the Thanksgiving period and 27% more than the days around New Year’s Day. Some of the […]Read More
A couple weeks ago I heard some profound and beautiful words. Not Guilty. In fact, I heard them five times as the clerk read each of the five counts facing my client and the jury foreman responded to each one. 1st degree robbery. Not Guilty. Conspiracy to commit 1st degree robbery. Not Guilty. Felony Assault. […]Read More