Rhode Island Questions & Answers

Q: Can a landlord terminate your tenancy without providing you with a reason?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 19, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
Either party can terminate tenancy as a right so given in the lease. However, if LL does terminate, must give cause of action or reasons thereto in order not to disrupt tenants unnecessarily if tenancy is moving smoothly. A tenant may ask for reasons of termination in order to satisfy themselves or seek remedial legal action against it.
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Q: Hello my father my grand farther We’re just involved in a domestic violence incident

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 12, 2018
Thomas Briody's answer
You cannot ‘drop’ charges once the police file them. You can help your father by getting him a lawyer who can work with the prosecutor and make sure that he or she knows you were not injured and you don’t want to go forward. An experienced lawyer will make a big difference here, but you need to act NOW. Don’t wait and try to fix it yourself. Good luck.
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Q: I work at a gas station ran by a conveinience store. Am I suppose to get paid time and a half on sundays.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 4, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
It depends on your contractual agreement with employer. What does their rules of business speak about it? If admissible they cannot deny.
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Q: Should you turn yourself in for wanted in questioning to the police station that you are wanted at or courthouse ?

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on May 4, 2018
Thomas Briody's answer
Not without an attorney! If the police are looking for you in order to "question" you, the best thing you can do is to contact a lawyer. If there is a warrant, the attorney can accompany you to surrender, and make sure that the police do not question you. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you should say nothing to the police other than "I want to speak to a lawyer before any questioning." In other words, you have a right to remain silent, and you should use that right until you get appropriate...
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Q: my uncle was sentenced to seven years for heroin distribution, in 1984. Can he still get green card from his mom?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 30, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
No, because his conviction makes him inadmissible to the US. He should see a criminal attorney to see if there is any possibility of getting his conviction vacated.

Q: Does a cosigner on a rental apartment have to list their SSN? DO I need their SSN?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 29, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
It's merely a matter of rent which do not require SSN. To let out a property has certain predefined terms e.g. Security Deposit, advance rent, etc. You have perceived certain eventualities which can likewise be also perceived by the other side in terms of misuse or abuse of SSN.

Where there is a legal or say a lease agreement entered into between the parties that becomes a legal document and binding on both the parties. Failing any of its terms or conditions are liable to be sued.

Q: if you lived month to month (no lease) we gave the landlord 30 days and move out before those 30d, can he keep deposit?

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 29, 2018
Salim U. Shaikh's answer
It's not clear from your question when did you move out? There is a specified time when LL has to reimburse your SD, if not, you may serve a notice for return of your deposit failing which you may seek assistance of small cause court. If your deposit is over and above 5,000 then you may sue him for return of your deposit along with damages and cost of suit.

Q: If I am still on the deed to the house my ex- husband and I owned in RI but he has passed, do I still own the house.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 26, 2018
Vincent Gallo's answer
You own half of the real estate and your ex-husband estate owns the other half of the real estate.
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Q: How will proof of multiple affairs affect my divorce settlement in RI?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 24, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Talk to the attorney representing you in your divorce. If you don't have one, make an appointment to meet with and retain one soonest. Also, consider going to your doctor to get tested for any unwanted "gifts".

Q: If I hurt my attacker as a measure of self-defense, is the DA still allowed to file criminal charges against me?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 23, 2018
Thomas Briody's answer
It depends on the specific facts. Self defense works only when one us reasonable force in response to a threat. It’s a fact intensive inquiry. You should speak directly and in private with a lawyer.

Q: Mother has taken full sole custody. How is she able to still take me for child support?

3 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 19, 2018
Randi Sirlin's answer
The Courts in Arizona view child support as completely separate from child custody. Unless someone else has adopted your children, a parent has a duty of support.

I hope this helps!

Q: I was found not guilty om domestic charges. However i was the victim. Can i press charges on her on that same crime?

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
Thomas Briody's answer
You can try. Without the facts, it’s hard to say if you will be succeed. If you were found not guilty, it doesn’t mean you you didn’t do it. It means the prosecutor couldn’t prove it. That’s the same burden the prosecutor faces in a new case. You might want to have a private consultation with a lawyer. Don’t try to explain it here. Good luck.

Q: What is the max sentence you can get on a domestic simple assault and domestic disorderly conduct misdemeanor charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 7, 2018
Thomas Briody's answer
The penalty is up to a year in jail and counseling if you have no prior domestic convictions. You really need to engage a lawyer in private to discuss defenses or alternatives. Good luck to you.

Q: I was involved in a domestic relationship when I was pregnant he put his hands on me and was controlling I never report

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 2, 2018
Thomas Briody's answer
It’s not too late. But you need to consult with a family law attorney. If he is the father of your child, you stills have the right to mak the court aware of his behavior and to ask for limits or restrictions on visitation with your child. You should contact a lawyer ASAP. Good luck.

Q: I have found out that my equity line/lien of 10 years is not recorded on title at city hall. Do I have to pay them?

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Apr 1, 2018
Vincent Gallo's answer
Yes, because no doubt, you simultaneously executed a Note.

Q: I was charged with position of alcohol as a minor at 17 I am now 18 what am I looking at in terms of trouble

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 28, 2018
Allison Abilheira's answer
The answer to this question depends upon where you are being required to go to court. If you are required to go to District Court- you have been charged with a misdemeanor. You will face a fine of one hundred fifty dollars ($150) to seven hundred fifty dollars ($750), community service, and a license suspension of up to sixty (60) days. However, if you are required to go to Municipal Court- you have been charged with a civil violation of a City or Town ordinance. Normally this punishment...

Q: If a judge ruled the mother a 3 year restraining order & full custody of the child can the father appeal that decision ?

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 25, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, the appeal (and/or motion for new trial) must be timely filed or the right may lapse, Speak to your attorney soonest to discuss costs and potential for success

Q: If someone charges a person with first degree robbery but drops charges and doesn’t show to court what happens?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Federal Crimes for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 21, 2018
Allison Abilheira's answer
A person can’t charge you with first degree robbery, it would be the state or federal government to pursue these criminal charges. Therefore, the actual person who alleged the theft occurred is likely not required to go to court unless the case is scheduled for trial and they need to testify.

Q: I received a speeding ticket in RI my first violation and I paid it in full before my designated court hearing.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 17, 2018
Allison Abilheira's answer
Yes, unfortunately you did. You will need to file a motion to vacate the guilty plea. You will be given a hearing date and on that date you can explain and ask to use the good driving record.

Q: Family

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Rhode Island on
Answered on Mar 11, 2018
Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, if you do not follow the court's order, you can get int trouble. Speak with your attorney to document your concerns. They will have a written report from the unit that will be sent to the judge in your case.

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