Rhode Island Lawyer Results: School Threats – by Jason Knight

Rhode Island criminal defense DUI lawyer Jason Knight logoRI Defense Attorney Jason Knight | Disrupting a public school with threats of violence

Facts: Client made threats to shoot school staff.

Result: Dismissed for lack of probable cause.

 

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DUI and the Rights Form: Where Are We Now?

The DUI and chemical test refusal mess has settled down. The Attorney General sent out a new rights form to the Rhode Island law enforcement community and essentially raised the white flag on the issue. So if somebody is charged with DUI or breathalyzer refusal today, he or she won’t have the rights form defense to rely on.

But what about those with open cases and old forms? Well, their hand just got much stronger. The criminal courts have already basically said the old rights form was defective. Now with this admission by the Attorney General, a criminal defender has a lot more ammunition in the Traffic Court where Breathalyzer cases are heard.

Every time the law on DUI changes, some defense is created for people charged with this offense. This time was no different. Just goes to show that making good law on the General Assembly level is harder than it looks!

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Jason Knight Featured as an Expert in RI Lawyers Weekly

The newest issue of RI Lawyers Weekly features attorney Jason Knight in an article on the recent Tempest ruling, in which a 1992 murder conviction was overturned because of improper actions by police and prosecutors. Jason is quoted several times throughout the article, discussing the legal ramifications for prosecutors and defenders:

Providence attorney Jason Knight, who wasn’t involved in the case, thinks Procaccini’s decision contains no shortage of instructive material that lawyers can use in future cases. “Every once in a while it’s very handy to have someone go through and recite the entirety of Brady law, its rules, and what you’re supposed to do,” says Knight, the communications director for the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. “Never mind whether you believe Mr. Tempest deserves this or not, it’s going to be nice to have this decision as a reference.”

You can read the whole article here: RI Lawyers Weekly: Ruling Seen as Must-Read for Defense, Prosecution It’s always nice to be recognized as an expert!

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Rhode Island Lawyer Results: Child Molestation by a Juvenile – by Jason Knight

Rhode Island criminal defense DUI lawyer Jason Knight logoRhode Island Juvenile Defense Attorney | Child Molestation by a Juvenile

Facts: Juvenile client was charged with two counts of first degree child molestation involving sexual penetration and one count of second degree child molestation. The charges would have required the client to register as a sex offender. 

Result: After negotiation with the prosecution, client pled to two counts of felony assault with no jail time and no sex offender registration. 

 

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Rhode Island Lawyer Results: Leaving the Scene of an Accident – by Jason Knight

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Facts: Client was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that caused severe property damage.

Outcome: Case dismissed.

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RI Lawyer Results: Probation Violation – by Jason Knight

Rhode Island criminal defense DUI lawyer Jason Knight logoRhode Island Defense Attorney Jason Knight | Probation violation

Facts: Client was on a suspended sentence for a sex offense and was charged with a new domestic violence case. Client was facing almost certain jail time.

Results: Client resolved the case by agreeing to a period of counseling and monitoring by the court.

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Breathalyzer Refusals and the New Rights Form: What Exactly Are Your Rights? – by Jason Knight

Last time, I talked about how the new “rights” form the police are using in DUI and Refusal cases affects the average DUI defendant who opted to take the breathalyzer. Today, I’ll talk about how the new penalties warnings affect a person charged with a chemical test refusal.

When the state charges a person with a refusal, in addition to the other elements of the offense, the state has to prove that the person was warned of the penalties if they choose not to take the test. If the police don’t warn the person of the penalties and the person still refuses, then the law says that the court can’t impose the penalties the person wasn’t warned about. Continue reading

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