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Q: I was found not guilty om domestic charges. However i was the victim. Can i press charges on her on that same crime?
Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Apr 9, 2018

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... Read more »

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

I leant my daughter money to pay her rent for a few months a couple years ago. She promised to pay it back with this income tax return, when she txd me the day before to come in the morning, we got into a tif about the amount. So I got to her house around 10 am she asked only I come up and not... Read more »

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Apr 7, 2018

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.

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

That was about 1 1/2 years ago and now he's. Sending me to court to see my daughter is it to late to report it I don't feel safe with him seeing my daughter

Thomas Briody
Thomas Briody answered on Apr 2, 2018

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.

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Q: I have an arrest warrant for a simple domestic that isn't true but I am already on personal recoginance

My girlfriend even told the cops that no assault occurred

Allison Abilheira
Allison Abilheira answered on Feb 5, 2018

The police can still charge you with a domestic violence crime even without the “victim” being on board, if they believe there is enough evidence. You should contact an attorney to coordinate your surrender and arraignment, as you could be held at the ACI as a bail violator if you are already... Read more »

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Q: Theirs a visitation order in place for my daughter with her father he recently hit his gf in front of my child

Their has been other incidents as well of verbal

Abuse in front of her don’t know what to do she has came home scared and crying uncontrollably on numerous occasions I don’t want to send her till I can get a court date would I be held in contempt for keeping her away ?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jan 11, 2018

Talk to the attorney you retained to file the motion that the court will hear. They will be most familiar with your specific facts to advise you.

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Q: I had a loud discussion/fight with my wife at home.

Somebody called the police. They took me to jail. After 3 hours I paid $50 and they left me go because no one had bruises or signal of violence. They told me my wife didn't present charges but the city. Now I have to go to court with a Judge. What should I expect during this appointment. I... Read more »

Allison Abilheira
Allison Abilheira answered on Jan 11, 2018

You should absolutely consult with and hire a lawyer. You are being charged with a domestic violence crime. Prosecutors and judges take these crimes very seriously and the penalties can include jail time, counseling, and the no contact order with your wife.

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Q: If one parent has not spoken or seen child for more than few months,can that parent stop other parent from taking child?

After few months of not contacting the child, can that parent stop other parent from taking child out of the country? Can one parent stop other parent from seeing the child from other country, if that parent cannot stay here? what if other parent has no job and cannot afford attorney to take to... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 28, 2017

That's quite a few questions. Depending on the travel of your case and any orders now in effect, the answers will vary. Meet with a family court attorney in private to go over the documents and evaluate your options.

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Q: Need to find a pro bono lawyer that can defend the defendant with a R/O case

We have tried legal services and the volunteer lawyer program. We don't not have the money as we are in a fixed income please help thank you

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Nov 22, 2017

Unfortunately, the demand for Pro Bono Legal services exceeds supply by profound proportions.

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Q: how to build a case for a restraining order in RI cant afford a lawyer
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Oct 19, 2017

Work with the advocates at the courthouse. You may qualify for a no cost attorney from legal services. Good Luck.

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Q: saw judge to drop a no contact order as the victim - he was very intimidating / he denied my request;can i appeal?

Will I have to wait till after the Pre- trial Con?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 6, 2017

To best present your case in the court, a licensed, experienced, practicing attorney is one means to make sure you get the matter properly before the judge.

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Q: My nephew is a recent college grad, job holder and has never been in trouble with the police. He was accused of domestic

violence by a former girlfriend. She contacted him to take a ride and "talk". She didn't like what he had to say (he had moved on and had another relationship) and began to throw things and hit him while he was driving. He held her wrist to keep control of the vehicle. Once at her... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 6, 2017

If he has an attorney, he will be well advised. Part of that advice may include a review of his right to remain silent and not discuss the matter in public, or in any manner that may damage his case. He should consult with his attorney privately to address these concerns.

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Q: Called the police on my boyfriend for kicking down my door. I did not give a statement & do not want him charged.

My boyfriend was previously arrested for domestic vandalism for kicking my car and for violating a no contact order as we were pulled over together a month later. A 3rd offense can really ruin his life and career and I would like case dismissed. What can be done? And what are the potential... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jun 8, 2017

It may be time to find a new boyfriend. . . one without criminal record perhaps. One who respects you and does not need a restraining order. One who does not violate restraining orders and commit vandalism, maybe? If the state prevails, he may find himself a guest of the adult correctional... Read more »

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Q: I have an open domestic case with my sons father , now hes harassing my mother . what can I do to stop this .
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Mar 30, 2017

Depending on the type of case, you may have various options. If your mother is being threatened with imminent bodily harm, she should seek a protective order. Speak with your attorney to discuss options available to you.

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Q: My ex hasn't even started his domestic abuse classes for his probation. What happens if he doesn't complete them?

He has to complete 20 classes... it's already been 6 months since he was convicted. they offer classes once a week equaling 20 weeks. If he doesn't complete it in time of his one year probation, what happens to him? He pleaded nolo and they gave him 1 year probation and 20 DV classes.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 26, 2017

He may be needing to talk to his lawyer soon if he is found to be in violation of the terms of his sentence . . .

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Q: If my ex put a restraining order on me can she call me?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 20, 2017

Yes, but records of those calls will be good evidence to refute their allegations. Give those to your attorney before the hearing on the case.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Juvenile Law for Rhode Island on
Q: my 12 year old son is expressing to me that he can't take the stress and anxiety that he is feeling during time with dad

he calls me thru facebook and looks very worried and nervous but when i say i will come get him even though its not my day he says no it will just make it worse. his anxiety and stress just seems to be getting worse. he father and i have joint custody and shared placement since the divorce. his... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 6, 2017

Work with his counselor and your best to help establish healthy co-parenting support. If it becomes necessary to modify the custody situation, meet with and retain an attorney to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence and Employment Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I am a physical education teacher, i got summoned with a protection order. will this affect my job ability
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 27, 2016

Depends on your school and board of ed policy. Your innocent until proven guilty so it makes sense to get an attorney who has experience in those types of matters, and handles cases before the judges in the county where the court will be sitting to represent you.

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Q: I was recently a victim of domestic violence in the state of RI, I want to drop the charges, am I allowed to?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Sep 26, 2016

Speak with an advocate, or an attorney. The judges will likely have some important questions for you that you should be ready for.

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Q: I filed domestic charges on my sons mother, a warrant was issued for her. She took my son and ran. What can I do?
Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Aug 31, 2016

Depending on what the "law of the case"(previous court orders etc) is/are, you MAY have many different options. Gather those documents and meet with an attorney with experience in these matters.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Rhode Island on
Q: My ex husband was charged with DA and DDC. It's a first offense, but I'm 16 weeks pregnant. Does that effect his penalty

It was logged as a simple assault, but the domestic advocate told me to be sure I tell the prosecutor that I am pregnant and that he is fully aware of it. I am in the middle of a custody dispute for our son, and he's acted out more than once in front of my child against me. I'm just... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Aug 21, 2016

Work with your attorney to ensure the case is well presented.

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