Criminal Law 2017-06-21T13:01:12+00:00

Criminal Law

If you are suspected of a crime or charged with a crime, you need an experienced lawyer immediately.  Remember you have a right to remain silent. It is your constitutional right and you are not guilty if you exercise this right, you are smart.  Contact Attorney Biafore immediately to protect yourself.

Misdemeanors are offenses that are punishable up to a year in jail as a maximum sentence. Felonies are any crime that is punishable by a fine of more than $1,000 or imprisonment for more than one year. The District Court in Rhode Island has jurisdiction over misdemeanors if you waive your right to a jury in the first instance, and Superior Court has jurisdiction for felonies.  However, if you are charged with a felony, your arraignment and bail hearing will likely be held in the District Court.  Attorney Biafore has handled hundreds and hundreds of criminal cases and he always receives the best possible results for his clients.   To list a few of the most common cases Attorney Biafore has extensive experience with:

  • DUI
  • Assault
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Domestic Crimes
  • Possession of Drugs
  • Possession with Intent to Deliver Drugs
  • Larceny
  • Robbery
  • Breaking & Entering
  • Fraud
  • Shoplifting
  • Bail Violations
  • Probation Violations
  • Expungements

Whether it is your first criminal offense or you have a criminal record, Attorney Biafore will aggressively fight for you and guide you through the process while having the same goal as you – to get your case dismissed.  The first time you appear in court will be for you’re In arraignment.  Here the most important thing is to plea not guilty, and  make sure you are not held in jail while your case proceeds to the pretrial.  There is a presumption of bail for most criminal offenses, however there are certain offenses, such as violations of bail, violation of probation or capital offenses where you need an experienced, honest attorney to attempt to convince the Judge to set reasonable bail.  After a bail hearing, if one is needed, the case proceeds until the case is resolved. Attorney Biafore has years of experience throughout this process and has developed many creative strategies to get you the best possible results.


If you are charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence in Rhode Island and you refuse the breathalyzer test, you will be charged with the criminal matter in District Court and the refusal in the Traffic Tribunal.  Massachusetts does not have a traffic tribunal so all charges are heard in the District Court.  Christopher is an experienced DUI attorney who will guide you through the process and aggressively fight for you to get the best possible resolution.  Attorney Biafore has been successful in getting his clients’ a not guilty after trial, and he has been successful in getting the DUI charge amended to a reckless driving.  It is very important to get the DUI dismissed so that you do not have a criminal record.  If you do get convicted for a DUI in Rhode Island it will stay on your criminal record for at least five years.  There are many rules the police must follow to allow a prosecutor to convict you of drinking and driving.  Attorney Biafore is well versed with these rules and will fight for you tooth and nail.  Whether it is an illegal search or an a faulty breathalyzer or any other violation of law, Attorney Biafore will uncover the mistake for your benefit.


Rhode Island has an expungement law where in certain instances you can have your record expunged and cleared off your record permanently, contact Attorney Biafore today to determine if you are eligible.

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