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Rhode Island: The DUI laws and penalties you should know

You didn't think you had too much to drink at dinner, but you see the cop car behind you and its flashing lights. Were you weaving? Do you have a light out? You're not sure. After a few moments talking to the officer, you realize you're being accused of being intoxicated.

If you get accused of driving under the influence, it's important to defend yourself. If you don't, you could face serious punishments that may have been avoided with the right defensive options. For example, you could lose your license temporarily if you are accused and convicted of drunk driving. Taking steps to prevent the conviction or to lower the charge can help.

Girl faces lifelong injury after silly-string fight in Chariho

A family has decided to pursue a lawsuit against its local school district after their child suffered a serious injury and now suffers from a seizure disorder. According to the story from June 28, the girl went to Chariho High School when she was attacked by other students.

The incident took place during the school's Spirit Week. The complaint states that the girl accidentally sprayed another girl with silly string. The girl retaliated, hitting the first in the head a number of times with her cellphone. As a result, the family's daughter suffered a concussion. A 7-minute video captured everything that took place. It shows the girl being assaulted from behind.

Are you a new motorcyclist?

Perhaps you have just turned the legal age and gotten into motorcycling. Or maybe it is something you have always wanted to do your entire life and finally have the bike of your dreams.

Whatever the case is, congratulations! Hopefully, many years of freedom and exhilaration await, and here are a few tips to help keep you safe:

What is admiralty law, and who hears maritime cases?

If you're new to law or just starting to understand your rights as someone injured or working on the open ocean, admiralty law is important to you. This field of law applies only to navigable waters, and it helps keep people safe while offshore.

What is Admiralty Law?

Rhode Island has its own specific child custody laws

As a parent who wants what is best for your child, it's important to understand Rhode Island's child custody laws. As your divorce progresses, you will need to come up with a child custody plan that works for your situation. If you can't agree, then the judge must make a decision for you.

Child custody laws vary in each state. Rhode Island has its own specific legislation regarding child custody. The state is very unique, because the courts don't often award joint custody, which is currently something some states actually aim to achieve in court.

Treating back pain is difficult and may require many treatments

Lower back pain can make your life miserable after an accident. While there are some ways to treat it, pain can easily become a way of life for some patients. This is why it's so important that those who are injured get the compensation they need for ongoing medical treatment. A back injury can be lasting, and you deserve long-term care to help resolve the injury completely when possible.

Treating back pain is difficult because of the many potential causes and factors that play into the amount of pain you feel. For example, if you have a strain or minor injury, taking an anti-inflammatory medication may be all you need to resolve your pain. On the other hand, if you have more serious pain, prescription opioids and muscle relaxants may be ordered. These have the potential to cause dependency and addiction, so they are not the first line against back pain.

3 tips for avoiding a boating accident

What better way to spend your summer than boating at Newport? Getting on your boat, fishing, wakeboarding or just cruising with your friends are all great things to do in the beautiful weather. Before you hit the water, make sure you refresh your mind about some critical safety tips. You do not want to get into a boating accident and sustain an injury to ruin your summer!

Boating is fun, and the best way to do it is with safety in mind. Keep reading for the top three tips on preventing boating injuries, based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

What are some things you might not know about alcohol?

There are many things that people may not know about alcohol. For example, it doesn't actually impact the life cycle of brain cells, which means drinking too much won't actually kill your brain cells and make you dumb. In fact, some alcohol can actually be good for you. Red wine, for example, can prevent the onset of dementia, according to research.

Despite all the good alcohol can potentially do, drinking too much and getting behind the wheel of a car is still a dangerous proposition. Alcohol is intoxicating, and it may make you slower, lethargic, aggressive or even so carefree that you take your safety for granted.

How can swimming pool-related injuries be prevented?

The summer is nearly here, and with the hotter weather on its way, that means that pools are open and ready to use. Swimming pool injuries are often thought of as something that only happens to children who goof around, but the truth is that many people are injured every year. Before this year's pool season, take time to understand the risks pools pose.

Every year, there are around 283 drowning deaths in the United States. Additionally, around 2,700 people go to the emergency room as a result of submersion-related injuries.

What are Rhode Island's DUI penalties?

In all states, driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher is against the law. You can be convicted of a DWI if you're discovered to be driving, boating or using another vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

In Rhode Island, there are various penalties for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The first, and potentially the most damaging, penalty is that you'll have your license suspended. That could mean you can't get to work or school or that your family can't get where they need to go.

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