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Q: Charged w/ 2nd off. driving while suspended but I never have been cited or charged w/ a 1st offense..what should I do?

I was cited for driving on a suspended license - 2nd offense after another driver side swiped me. I wasn’t aware my license was suspended, the accident occurred in June 2018 and RI says they suspended it back in April 2016 stemming from a FTA for a traffic ticket. I understand the suspension but... Read more »

Neville Bedford answered on May 14, 2019

Hire an attorney to muster your best defense and force the prosecution to produce their evidence.

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Q: On a residential road can a police officer give you a ticket for Reasonable and prudent speed?

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.

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Q: What could happen to the person who commits a 31-27-9

And didn't know that they were

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 16, 2019

They will be best advised to be talking to their lawyer in private about the surrounding circumstances when the §31-27-9 was taken, by which mode, and under what authority as part of their confidential defense strategy. If the §31-27-9 resulted in evidence of a crime, they could be liable for... Read more »

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Q: when I goto traffic court, will the judge be able to see that I have 'used' my good driving record(for speeding) twice?

Neville Bedford answered on Feb 16, 2019

If it was in Rhode Island, yes. If you are licensed in another state, you may be required to bring a certified current copy of your driving record.

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Q: With the good driving statue I was clocked at 15 over but the ticket was written for only 5 over. Do I qualify

Neville Bedford answered on Jan 29, 2019

Yes, bring a copy of your Massachusetts driving record to the hearing so the court can confirm you qualify.

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Q: Apparently my license is suspended for not paying a seatbelt violation ticket. Where would I go to pay this ticket?

Would I still need to go to the DMV to “reinstate” license? Why would they issue me a license when it came time to renew if my license was suspended?

Allison Abilheira answered on Sep 24, 2018

You will have to go to whatever court originally handled the ticket- either the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal or the Municipal Court for the city/town who issued the ticket. Once you pay the ticket, you will then need to go to the DMV to pay the reinstatement of license fee ($151.50) to clear the... Read more »

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Q: I rcvd a speeding 1-10 over in RI. I have lived in RI for 18 months. My record in VA is clean. Can I qual for safe drvr?

Allison Abilheira answered on Sep 21, 2018

Yes, you would just need to provide the court with a copy of your VA driving record, so that they can confirm that you have maintained a clean record for a total of three years between RI and VA.

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Q: I am trying to find out what I owe on my restitution and parking ticket?

Neville Bedford answered on Sep 18, 2018

Contact the municipal court in the town where the ticket was issued. For restitution, contact the court where that was issued and ask for a copy.

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Q: First speeding ticket, 10mph over speed limit. Could I request forgiveness under "good driving statute"?

I got my first speeding ticket (10mph over the speed limit) in RI. I had my license for a little over a year now with an absolute clean record, would it be worth going to the court pleading guilty and requesting for forgiveness? Thanks!

Allison Abilheira answered on Aug 5, 2018

You do not qualify for the good driving record, as you need to have had your license for at least three years to be able to use the good driving statute. However, a judge may allow you to do community service or simply pay Court costs for your first ticket, so that it does not go on your driving... Read more »

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Q: I recieved a notice in the mail my license would be suspended for not paying a ticket, I never recieved a ticket

The office gave me a verbal warning and told me to slow down. I haven't received anything in the mail until now. How can I prove at a hearing he gave me q verbal warning and now saying he ticketed me?

Neville Bedford answered on Jul 18, 2018

Time to go to court. Best thing to bring with you, a good attorney.

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

Does this mean I forfeit the right to dispute a Good driving record? I misunderstood how the summons read.

Allison Abilheira answered on Mar 17, 2018

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.

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Q: Can police still issue citation after over a month of not contacting us about incident?

My wife was involved in car accident with no other motor vehicles and did not have proof of insurance at the time of incident and was never cited now after over a month they are trying to fine her is this possible by law?

Bernard P. Healy answered on Mar 3, 2018

I do not have sufficient information to answer this question fully or accurately. I think the answer is not one you will want hear. The Police can issue a citation after over a month, despite not contacting you earlier. You mentioned that this was a single car collision. Did the police arrive at... Read more »

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Q: Pulled over going twenty over the speed limit. Officer marked I was only going 5 over the speed limit. First offense.

Rhode Island's Good Driving Record statute states that individuals with no traffic violations within three years can get the charge dismissed. Will my judge go off the speed that the officer marked down, or the actual speed posted which was twenty over the speed limit?

Allison Abilheira answered on Jan 26, 2018

The judge does not use the "actual/police use" speed to determine good driving eligibility, rather it goes by what the police officer actually charged you with, which in this case is 1-10 mph over.

As long as you have had your license for more than three years and have kept a clean record...
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Q: What light color is NOT allowed on a registered automobile. Foglights,halo headlights,etc

Neville Bedford answered on Jan 22, 2018

flashing lights are prohibited. See the general laws for more details.

TITLE 31

Motor and Other Vehicles

CHAPTER 31-24

Lighting Equipment and Reflectors

SECTION 31-24-31

§ 31-24-31. Flashing lights – Forward viewing or rotary beam lights....
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Q: Can the City of Providence get the RI DMV to suspend my license for an unpaid parking ticket? What is the law on that?

I received a parking ticket I contested three times by letter. After the third letter they threatened me with license suspension. The ticket is less than 90 days old. If they can do this, what is the law that allows it? Thank you.

Neville Bedford answered on Jan 11, 2018

Hire an attorney to assist you before(or after) you find you car immobilized by the notorious BOOT.

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Q: Will it be easier to hire a lawyer to request 'good driving record' plea?

I am going to be out of country on the date mentioned on my citation. I have good driving record for last 5 and a half years. Is there a way I can request a dismissal before I leave?

Matthew T. Marin answered on Oct 24, 2017

In Rhode Island, a Lawyer can represent you at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal to enter an admission seeking dismissal under the good driving statute. If you are leaving the Country, it is in your best interest to get your affairs in order with the lawyer well before you leave.

In the...
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Q: Will a judge accept the 3 year clean record if I was a month away from 3 years clean?

I got a speeding citation (40 in a 30) towards the end of July. The officer told me about the out of state (I'm a MA driver) 3 year record defense. I checked my record and I was probably a little over a month away from 3 years at the time of citation. Would a judge reasonably accept the defense or... Read more »

Matthew T. Marin answered on Aug 15, 2017

In that situation I believe that it is worth the shot. While you may not be technically eligible for application of the Good Driving Statute, they Prosecutor and the Judge may give you some leeway since you are so close. As always, your best bet is with an experienced traffic court attorney by... Read more »

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Q: If someone can't afford the price of the speeding ticket they got are they able to work it off with community service?

Matthew T. Marin answered on Aug 5, 2017

Unfortunately, the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal does not exchange community service in lieu of court fines and court costs.

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Q: My 17 yr old was given a summons for speeding.... what does this mean? Will his license be suspended?

Do we just appear in court for the fine?? Can he use 1st offense plea? He was going 70 in a 40.

Matthew T. Marin answered on Aug 1, 2017

If he is 17 years old then he will not be able to use his good driving record. A good driving record requires no moving violations within the past 3 years and he has not been licensed for a full three years at this time.

Given his age and that he was ticketed going 30 mph over the speed...
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Q: If I was pulled over for speeding in RI, and I'm from MA, can I pay the ticket online?

Matthew T. Marin answered on Jul 27, 2017

No, currently you cannot pre-pay your ticket online. You can pay the ticket by mail with a check and you can attempt to call the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal (401-275-2700) with your ticket number and pay it by phone. The State is upgrading the computer system and you may be able to pre-pay... Read more »

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