Federal Speedy Trial Act

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People often ask if they have a right to a speedy trial.   The answer is technically yes, but strategically, proceeding to trial quickly is not always in a defendant’s best interests.  The right to speedy trial is set forth in…

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Bail in Federal Criminal Cases


 Federal courts address bail at a defendant’s first court appearance.  If the appearance is for a defendant charged by criminal complaint, it is called the “initial appearance.”  If the appearance follows indictment by grand jury or the filing of a…

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Rhode Island Expungement Law


If you have ever been arrested, charged or convicted of a crime, under Rhode Island law, you may be entitled to have judicial and law enforcement records related to this event sealed or expunged. In either instance, if successful, information…

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What is Statutory Rape?

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 Statutory Rape is sexual intercourse between a person of age to consent to sexual activity and another person who has not yet reached the legal age of consent.   This crime is very different from the common law crime of rape,…

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Sexual Assault in Rhode Island

Sexual assault in Rhode Island

Sexual assault is commonly known as unwanted sexual contact. In Rhode Island, sexual assault crimes vary by degree or severity. The crime itself involves unwanted, physical sexual contact using force or coercion for purposes of sexual gratification. Force or coercion…

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