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January 2015 Archives

BUIs on your driving record? One lawmaker wants this reality

While the following story isn't happening here in Rhode Island, it still serves as an important reminder about operating your boat and drinking while you do it. Or, more accurately, it's about boating under the influence and how this act is being taken very seriously by lawmakers, and this could become a national trend.

Some questions & answers regarding real property tax appeals

The City of Newport and the Towns of Middletown and Tiverton are undertaking revaluation of all of the real property in each of those three communities as of December 31, 2014. Property owners will be receiving correspondence from the City/Town setting forth the old assessed values and the new assessment. It is our understanding that those numbers are going to increase significantly for most real property owners. This is especially true in Newport on the waterfront. The property owner should take the new number and divide it by the old number to see how much of an increase there was in the valuation. If the increase exceeds 15% you should contact our office immediately in order to determine whether an appeal to the appraisal company should be taken.

NFL linebacker arrested for second DUI in a year

Many Rhode Island residents are struggling to enjoy the Patriots' return to the Super Bowl this season due to the "Deflategate" scandal that has rocked the team. The Patriots beat the Colts in the AFC Championship game, giving the Patriots a berth in the Super Bowl. However, it was discovered that the Patriots beat the Colts with footballs that were under-inflated -- and provided by the team.

President of Sean John clothing line cleared of DWI charge

The President of Sean John, a clothing line spearheaded by Sean "Diddy" Combs, was accused of driving under the influence recently. However, the charges against the man, Jeff Tweedy, were dropped for undisclosed reasons. No details are given in the article, and all we know about the incident in question is that the police noticed that Tweedy had watery, bloodshot eyes and that his breath smelled of alcohol.

Some questions and answers regarding BUIs

Boating under the influence exists in a weird realm of law where many people have questions about the charge even though it may seem akin to a driving under the influence charge. However, there are some differences between the charges, so let's dive into some common questions that are asked by BUIs and how such a charge can impact an accused person.

New ignition interlock law takes effect in Rhode Island

The New Year has only been around for 13 days, and there are probably some people out there who have already given up on their New Year's resolutions (there are probably many more keeping up with them, too). But there's one entity that hasn't given up on a new resolution, and that's the state of Rhode Island. On Jan. 1, the state put into effect a law that allows judges to ban DUI offenders from operating a vehicle without ignition interlock.

Refusing a breath test is not a good strategy

It is very easy to just assume that rejecting a breath test that an officer commands you to take is the best way to defend yourself against a DUI charge. At the very least, it will slow the police down -- or so the thought goes. However, refusing a breath test actually comes with more risks than supposed rewards. Allow us to demonstrate why.

No jail time for Michael Phelps following DUI conviction

Anyone can make a mistake. Teachers, law enforcement, students and celebrity athletes alike, all can end up facing serious consequences due to clouded judgment. However, just because someone makes a mistake, it does not mean his or her life is over. 

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