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March 2017 Archives

Mens rea: The mental state behind the crime

"Mens rea" is the legal term that refers to the mental status, or "guilty mind," of the defendant at the time the crime was committed. It's what ultimately helps determine exactly what crime a person should be convicted of having committed, if at all.

Seek independent legal advice when the issue is personal

Attorney-client privilege is something in the American legal system that is held very dear. However, that privilege can get muddled in certain situations -- especially when the attorney is the counsel for your business.

Understanding when breath tests are inaccurate

For many drivers, roadside sobriety tests can be an aggravating experience. Not only is it difficult to deal with false accusations about your behavior, but the demand that you submit to a test that has a history of problems with accuracy may tempt you to become defiant or to even attempt to refuse a test. This is generally a bad idea because implied consent laws provide for stiff penalties even if you later prove to be sober after refusing the test. The important thing to understand before participating in a test is why it might be inaccurate. That way, you can work with your attorney to mount a solid DUI defense.

Prepping for the worst case scenario: Planning for deportation

If you're an undocumented immigrant with children that are United States citizens, it's wise to have an emergency plan in place in case you are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and ultimately deported.

Talk to an attorney: Don't fall victim to immigration con artists

This is an anxious time period for a lot of immigrants, whether they are undocumented or here on a valid visa. It's also a time that's full of opportunities for those willing to prey on the anxieties of others -- which is why immigration-related scams are suddenly thriving.

Offshore wind farming is approaching a new era of development

Offshore wind farming may be coming to the Long Island area, bringing 500 foot tall turbines, an endlessly renewable supply of energy, and job for up to 2000 construction workers per wind project.

What are the biggest risks to Rhode Island boaters?

Recreational boating is a wonderful activity whether you're going out as a family or just cruising with some friends—but accident prevention is always something that you have to have in mind if you want to have a safe time, not just a good time.

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