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Operating a Motor Vehicle While Using Hand-Held Wireless Communication Device Dismissed in Rhode Island

July 2023

Our client was driving their car and was accused of using their cell phone while operating a motor vehicle. Rhode Island General Law 31-22-31 states no person shall operate a motor vehicle while using a hand-held device while the vehicle is in motion. It is a traffic violation that can result in a $100 fine, a conviction on your driving record and a potential license suspension. This can cause an increase in your insurance premiums. 

We discussed the situation with our client. After much negotiation, on the trial date, the police prosecutor agreed to dismiss the case. Since the case was dismissed, this charge did not go on our client's driving record. 

Practice area(s): Speeding / Traffic Ticket

Allyson Quay

Attorney Allyson Quay is an Associate Attorney for Ellison Law LLC.

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