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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I have a case that was dismissed for lack of prosecution and then out if the blue it was filed again. What can I do ?

Is there a Ruke I can file under motion to stay the first dismissal as the case was charged as a felony and it should have been civil as their was no criminal intent.

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Sep 10, 2019

Yes, in many cases you can be charged again after the original complaint was dismissed. As long as the statute of limitations has not run, the charges can be brought again. You should hire an experienced lawyer to respond and defend you. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: My roommate and I both got charged with domestic assault. What is the best way to plead in court so I dont loose my job?

I have a clean record and need this expunged

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Sep 8, 2019

I am sorry for your situation. Domestic crimes are viewed very cautiously by judges and prosecutors. The penalties are more severe, usually requiring batterers intervention classes for six months. Domestic cases are also harder to seal or expunge, and the wait before expungement is longer. It... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Landlord - Tenant, Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: My bf isn’t on my lease but just wants me to write in his name? Will they contact the landlord?

My bf is being charged with B&E after a dumb argument we had in my apartment. He isn’t technically on my lease, but he does pretty much live with me. He is asking me to write in his name on the lease I do have, without telling the landlord. Is this illegal? If I do do this( will they contact my... Read more »

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Sep 4, 2019

You are smart to ask this question, and your boyfriend's attempt to "fix" the lease is, to be charitable, very foolish. Don't do it. If this case was charged as a domestic B and E, you should not even be in contact with your boyfriend unless and until the no contact order is lifted. Any effort... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Domestic Violence and Federal Crimes for Rhode Island on
Q: Can my boyfriend be charged with B&E if he is on my lease?

I had a bad argument with my boyfriend while drunk one night, which resulted in me telling him to leave and calling the police. He has been charged with B&E, however he is on my rental lease. He can not afford a lawyer at this time, so he has decided to go with a public defender. He had court... Read more »

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Sep 3, 2019

Cooperate with the attorney. Public defenders do a terrific job, and should follow through with their own investigation. The Rhode Island public defender has its own investigators. You can also communicate to the Attorney General that you do not wish to go forward with any complaint against your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights for Rhode Island on
Q: I allowed my sister to stay with me. But now she wont leave. And she isnt paying her share of the house expenses.

She has lived here for a year and 8 months.

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Sep 1, 2019

This really is not a civil rights question. But if the house is yours, and she has no ownership interest such as a lease has paid rent, you can probably get a trespass order from the police. Be careful about what you’re doing here. Your sister is still going to be your sister.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: In RI what does 48a dismissal filed mean?
Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Aug 6, 2019

It means that the charge lodged against the defendant has been dismissed. "48a" is a reference to the Rule of Criminal Procedure that deals with dismissal of charges. Hope this answer is helpful to you.

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Gov & Administrative Law and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on
Q: The court placed a restraining order against my boyfriend and I because we're 17 and 34 but he has committed no crime
Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Aug 5, 2019

I don't see a question here. However, you are a minor, and if you are living at home, your parents are going to have a say as to who can come to their house. And while I understand that affairs of the heart can cause people to do and say many things, a judge is going to be very skeptical about a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Can a officer place me under arrest because my friend is recording them?
Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Jul 31, 2019

An officer can place you under arrest if he/she/they has probable cause to believe that you committed a crime, or if there is a warrant for your arrest. Whether that arrest is legally supportable depends on the specific facts of the case. What you have described does not sound like a basis for... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: In RI, what are the possible punishments being faced for domestic felony assault and domestic disorderly conduct?
Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Jul 3, 2019

Domestic felony assault is punishable by up to 20 years if there is serious bodily injury. For assault that doesn’t qualify for serious bodily injury, the penalty is up to six years. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor, typically punishable by no more than one year in jail. There are many... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Someone recorded without my knowledge a conversation we were having showing it to my manager can I pursue legal action?

The man recorded through secret video me and his conversation about another employee failing to perform his duties in which i used profane language and then sent it to my boss unprompted simply to hurt my chances of raise or promotion.

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Jun 1, 2019

Rhode Island is a one party consent state. That means if one party consents to a recording, it’s legal. So the person who recorded you has not violated your rights. There may be some other behavior on his/her part that may give rise to a claim, but more information is needed.

You have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: On a residential road can a police officer give you a ticket for Reasonable and prudent speed?
Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Apr 15, 2019

Yes. The law requires you to keep reasonable and prudent speed all the time. Of course, whether you ultimately kept a reasonable speed is up to a judge. So while the officer can issue the citation, you can contest it.

3 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Products Liability and Small Claims for Rhode Island on
Q: hello i have lost an $2200 camera that i rented whats going to happen to me ?
Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Feb 13, 2019

If you truly lost the item, then you have most likely not committed a crime. However, you are responsible for the loss, and you will have to reimburse the person who loaned you the camera. That means you are most likely going to have to pay the value of the camera back.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: Hi. 11- 5- 16 Assault on a health care provider.still a felony? Also a person over 60 with b/I a felony assault also.
Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Dec 30, 2018

Yes and yes. Both felonies, but there are intent requirements ( knowing and willful, for health care providers, for example).

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Constitutional Law and Legal Malpractice for Rhode Island on
Q: What are the specific elements that must be proven? Can the principal be convicted by aiding and abetting?

Defendant was arrested as the principal, (the one who assaulted the victim with the weapon:shod foot). No conspiracy charge or codefendants. Can the judge issue an aiding and abetting jury instruction at trial?

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Dec 24, 2018

Depends on the facts. In some circumstances, am aiding and abetting charge would be appropriate. You need to consult with an experienced criminal lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: How do I get my fiancé out of something that shouldn’t have happened and got arrested for domestic
Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Dec 23, 2018

You (or he) needs an aggressive attorney. If you are the complaining witness, you can cooperate with that attorney and let the prosecutor know that you do not wish to go forward with any charges. Sorry I cannot be more specific, but this question requires more details about the facts. Good luck... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: is it illegal to spit on someone or throw an item at them
Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Nov 26, 2018

Yes. It could be considered an assault. Depending on several factors, either one could be a misdemeanor or a felony.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: In a first degree robbery if they got no weopon is it still a first degree in trail

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Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Sep 14, 2018

The prosecution does not have to introduce a weapon into evidence to obtain a first degree robbery conviction. If there is testimony or some other evidence that a weapon was used, that should be enough, as long as guilt is established beyond a reasonable doubt.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: Can someone have 2 NCO’s against the same person in the same state? This is in RI.

Can one individual have 2 NCO’s against the same individual in Rhode Island??

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Aug 22, 2018

If you have not been charged by information or indictment in the superior court within six months of your first appearance in district court, your attorney can move to have the district court complaint dismissed. But that does not mean your case is over. The Attorney General can still file an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: What are and aren't undercover drug cops allowed to do/say?
Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Jul 30, 2018

There is no simple answer. The law on entrapment is complex. In general, an officer cannot improperly induce someone to commit a crime. But it’s not illegal to offer the opportunity or chance to commit a crime. Example: “Wanna buy these drugs?” That’s okay.” “If I don’t get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I was assaulted in the dark outside my apartment and did not see the attacker and accused my boyfriend after he found me

I made attempts to clear his name but no one returned my calls. Over a year later he was arrested because of a warrant we weren't aware of over this matter and a no contact order is now in place. What is the likelihood that I could be in trouble for giving a false statement to the police? I live in... Read more »

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Jun 18, 2018

You need a meeting in private with an attorney. So does your boyfriend. Domestic violence cases have a high frequency of victims who recant their original statement to the police, and a prosecutor is not going to just dismiss the charge without some additional investigation. You are correct that... Read more »

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