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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Gov & Administrative Law for Rhode Island on
Q: I'm a resident of r.i. with out of state plates on my vehicle...how can I keep my plates in r.i.

Summons: 20001504065

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Apr 15, 2020

It's difficult to discern what you are asking exactly. As a RI resident, you should be able to register your vehicle in RI(and are generally required to do so). If you are going to court, bring proof of your RI registration and residence. see... Read more »

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Q: Is a ticket for not having my headlights on while it’s raining count as a moving violation?

More importantly my concern is if it counts towards the Colin Foote act because I know I am close to 4 in 18 months

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Feb 7, 2020

If you were moving, it's likely a moving violation. The condition of rain is another factor that an attorney would also be likely to argue depending on the conditions that you were to be in during the alleged violation. If you have had a series of infractions, you would do well to retain an... Read more »

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Q: If the car was parked and turned off, and the police did not initially pull you over, can you fight this ticket?

The front driver side tire was completely flst and blown out, clearly not drivable.

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 16, 2019

This sounds like a case that would be benefited by the assistance of a licensed attorney to help file the appropriate motions and make the best arguments to defend against - - whatever it is you are accused of here. Discuss THOSE details in a confidential Attorney client meeting.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: I made a left on green and was rear ended by a speeding car. I was given a ticket. was I at fault?

I made it almost through the intersection but had to slow since a truck was in front of me. A speeding car hit the extreme back of my car. I went back afterwards to look at the crash site. She should not have hit me. I was far enough out of the intersection. I think she was on her phone or... Read more »

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Dec 16, 2019

Hire an attorney to assist you in defending the case.

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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: Recieved 2nd ticket within 12 months time.

I am not able to pay this ticket and have to go to court. What are my punishments? Will my license be suspened?

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Aug 1, 2019

The punishment and or fines will be directly related to the infractions you have been charged with. As you have not disclosed what the citation was issued for, it is nary impossible to discern what penalties you may be facing.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: Hi good morning am I able to get some traffic tickets that are 20 years old reduce in order to get my license back.

I had about 15 years without making payments just this year I made a few payments. Thank you for your time and answer

Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 26, 2019

Not seeing the tickets, dates, amounts, or any other details, it is nary impossible to evaluate. If you can afford to hire an attorney to assist you, that may make the process go more smoothly.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
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
Neville Bedford answered on May 14, 2019

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

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.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: What could happen to the person who commits a 31-27-9

And didn't know that they were

Neville Bedford
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
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
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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: I am trying to find out what I owe on my restitution and parking ticket?
Neville Bedford
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
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
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
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
Neville Bedford answered on Jul 18, 2018

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

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
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
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
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
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 »

1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
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
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...
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1 Answer | Asked in Traffic Tickets for Rhode Island on
Q: What light color is NOT allowed on a registered automobile. Foglights,halo headlights,etc
Neville Bedford
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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