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RI Criminal Defense Attorney Robert Craven Receives 10.0 Rating by Avvo, Inc.

Congratulations to Rhode Island attorney Robert E. Craven for receiving a perfect 10.0 rating as “Top Attorney – Criminal Defense” by Avvo, Inc.  Avvo is a legal directory that ranks attorneys in each state according to their experience, reputation, successes, and reviews.  Attorney Craven was Robert Craven Top Criminal Defense Lawyer RI, AVVO Lawyer RI, Criminal Defense Lawyer RIrecognized for his work defending clients who have been charged with crimes throughout Rhode Island.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime in Rhode Island, call our criminal defense attorneys today.  We defend Rhode Islanders charged with crimes in all state and federal courts on a daily basis.

The consequences of a criminal conviction can change your life forever, limiting your career choices, educational opportunities and personal liberties. If you’ve been charged with a crime, even a misdemeanor crime, it’s essential that you have a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side. Our attorneys will zealously advocate on your behalf, fight for your rights, and limit the affects that the criminal charge has on your life.

For your immediate questions, feel free to review our Criminal Defense FAQs now.

The attorneys at Robert E. Craven & Associates practice criminal defense, personal injury, and general litigation throughout Rhode Island.  For a FREE consultation, call our attorneys today at 401-453-2700.

RI DUI Attorney Robert Craven Receives 10.0 Rating by Avvo, Inc.

Congratulations to Rhode Island attorney Robert E. Craven for receiving a perfect 10.0 rating as “Top Attorney – DUI” by Avvo, Inc.  Avvo is a legal directory that ranks attorneys in each state according to their experience, reputation, successes, and reviews.  Attorney Craven was recognized for his work representing DUI and Refusal clients throughout Rhode Robert Craven Top DUI Lawyer RI, AVVO Lawyer RI, DUI Lawyer RIIsland.

If you or a loved one has been charged with Driving Under the Influence or Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test in Rhode Island, call our DUI attorneys today.  We defend Rhode Islanders facing any and all drunk driving offenses on a daily basis throughout the State of RI.  We know the ins-and-outs of DUI law in Rhode Island and can help you beat the case!  Our attorneys will zealously advocate on your behalf, fight to retain your driving privilege, and limit the affects that the DUI or Refusal charge has on your work and personal life. Let our experience create results for you!

The attorneys at Robert E. Craven & Associates practice criminal defense, personal injury, and general litigation throughout Rhode Island.  For a FREE consultation, call our attorneys today at 401-453-2700.

RI Defense Attorneys: Obstructing a Police Officer

An increasingly common criminal charge in Rhode Island is Obstruction of a Police Officer.  Rhode Island law on obstructing officer in execution of duty states, “Every person who shall obstruct any officer, civil, military, or otherwise, including any state, city, or town police, deputy sheriff, or fire fighter, while in the execution of his or her office or duty, shall be imprisoned not exceeding one year or be fined not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500).”  R.I. Gen. Law § 11-32-1.

But what does that mean? More importantly, how do you get an obstruction of a police officer charge dismissed in Rhode Island?

Obstructing a Police Officer is a crime in Rhode Island punishable by up to one (1) year in prison and/or a fine of up to $500.  That is serious enough, but you may be surprised to learn that a conviction for Obstructing a Police Officer can appear on your criminal record for up to five (5) years!  Allow our attorneys to fight for you to avoid a criminal conviction and erase your arrest for obstruction from your record.

Rhode Island’s vague Obstruction of a Police Officer statute has been challenged on many occasions, often reaching the RI Supreme Court.  Our Obstruction of a Police Officer defense attorneys are well versed in the RI caselaw and know how to defend your case.  We know that mere words, not just a physical interference with officers, can constitute obstruction under RI law and that only certain situations require an individual to obey an officer’s commands.  State v. Duffy, 441 A.2d 524 (R.I. 1982)DeFusco v. Brophy, 311 A.2d 286 (R.I. 1973).  But most importantly, if the prosecution cannot prove that (1) the defendant acted knowingly, (2) the defendant “resisted” or “obstructed” a peace officer, (3) the defendant knew the peace officer was in fact a peace officer, and (4) the peace officer was performing an authorized act within his official capacity, our attorneys will motion for a dismissal of your case. State v. Berberian, 416 A.2d 127 (R.I. 1980).

Your ability to beat an obstruction of a police officer charge in Rhode Island will depend on the attorney you have on your side.  Allow the experienced attorneys at Robert E. Craven & Associates to review your case and advocate for your rights.  We can successfully defend your case and will expunge the charge from your record for you!  We handle obstruction cases everyday and can put you in the best position to successfully overcome this charge.  Call us today for a free consultation and allow us to begin preparing your defense!

Rhode Island Veterans Court Attorneys

If you are a present or former veteran who has been charged with a crime in Rhode Island you may be referred to the Rhode Island Veterans Court.  This relatively new concRI Veterans Court Attorneysept in RI guides veterans through a court program which combines support services, treatment plans, and the judicial process.  The goal of RI Veterans Court is to divert individuals away from jail while providing necessary rehabilitative services.

Once our attorneys get your case accepted to the Veterans Court, we will reach an agreement with prosecutors that will result in the disposition of your case.  Often, our attorneys are able to get criminal charges dismissed outright upon the successful completion of counseling or therapy.

The attorneys at Robert E. Craven & Associates regularly represent veterans and active military members in the Rhode Island Veterans Court. If you are or know a veteran or active military member who has been charged with a crime in Rhode Island, call the attorneys at Robert E. Craven & Associates for a free consultation today.

Arraignment Attorney in Rhode Island

If you were arrested in Rhode Island, you likely were “charged” with a crime by the arresting police department.  This charge against you is likely in the form of a criminal complaint.  However, you haven’t been formally charged at that point.  The formal process of charging a defendant with a crime is known as an “arraignment.”  Your first court appearance in RI District Court is called an arraignment. The arraignment is a formal criminal proceeding in which the defendant appears in court, informed of the offense charged in the criminal complaint, and asked to enter a plea of guilty, nolo contendere, or not guilty.

The vast majority of pleas at the arraignment stage are “not guilty.”  Entering a plea of not guilty is advisable in the instance that a defendant has yet to speak with an attorney or has yet to fully consider the effects of the plea.  You can always plead “guilty” or “nolo” later, but absent extreme circumstances, you cannot retract your “guilty” plea.  By pleading “not guilty” at arraignment, you allow yourself time to consult with an attorney who can evaluate your case and advise you of your rights.

Call our attorneys today for a free consultation.  We’re happy to review your case, advise you of your rights, and appear in court on your behalf.  Don’t make a decision that can affect the rest of your life without consulting with an experienced criminal defense attorney.