Criminal Law & DUI/DWI Defense
Rhode Island criminal law lawyers defend adults and juveniles who have been arrested, accused and/or charged with a crime. Rhode Island criminal law lawyers handle a wide range of criminal matters including summary offenses, misdemeanors and felonies. Summary offenses are the least serious and include disorderly conduct, criminal mischief, first offense shoplifting charges, harassment, minor traffic violations, parking violations and underage drinking. Misdemeanors typically include less serious crimes whose punishment is generally one year or less. Examples of misdemeanors include possession of drug paraphernalia, simple assault and reckless endangerment. Felonies, the most serious criminal offenses include arson, aggravated assault, burglary, forgery, homicide, larceny, motor vehicle theft, rape and robbery. Rhode Island criminal lawyers typically charge an hourly rate for their services. Some criminal lawyers will quote a flat fee for a particular matter, such as attending a traffic violation hearing. Most lawyers require an advance payment called a retainer before they will represent you. Some lawyers may allow you to make payments in certain situations. Rhode Island criminal lawyers can also help you restore your drivers license or clear a criminal record by having your record of an arrest or conviction expunged. Click on a Rhode Island county or county seat link above to find Rhode Island lawyers that handle criminal and DUI defense cases in your Rhode Island county or city.
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