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David Slepkow

1481 Wampanoag Trail
East Providence RI 02915
(401) 437-1100

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Attorney David Slepkow has 12 years of experience handling criminal misdemeanors in Rhode Island (RI), including but not limited to, domestic assault, domestic disorderly conduct, domestic vandalism, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, DUI / DWI, refusal to take breathalyzer tests, assault, shoplifting, writing bad checks, probation violations, no contact orders and restraining orders, expungements, etc.

David Slepkow prides himself on providing aggressive, caring and timely legal representation to his clients. Many criminal matters are intertwined with divorce and family law matters and child custody and visitation matters. Because David Slepkow also concentrates in divorce and family law, he can use that experience to help his clients with criminal matters related to the family relationship.

Please Call: 401-437-1100

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DAVID S. SLEPKOW

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Practice Areas

Education

  • Emory University, B.A., 1995
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., 1997

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island. 1997
  • Massachusetts, 1998

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Attorney Profiles

Martin P. SlepkowMARTIN P. SLEPKOW

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Practice Areas

  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Wills, Estates & Trusts

Education

  • Brown University, B.A., 1964
  • Columbia University School of Law, J.D., 1967

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island, 1967

 

MATTHEW D. SLEPKOW

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Law
  • Elder Law
  • Wills, Estates & Trusts
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Personal Injury & General Litigation

Education

  • Amherst College, B.A., 1992
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., 1997

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island, 1997
  • Massachusetts, 1998

 

David Slepkow DAVID S. SLEPKOW

p: (401) 437-1100 Extension 102
f: (401) 433-5066 Attention: Dave
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Practice Areas

Education

  • Emory University, B.A., 1995
  • Roger Williams University School of Law, J.D., 1997

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island. 1997
  • Massachusetts, 1998

 

BRUCE H. COX

p: (401) 437-1100 Extension 119
f: (401) 433-5066 Attention: Bruce
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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Law
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Personal Injury & General Litigation
  • Wills, Estates & Trusts
  • Elder Law

Education

  • Bethany College, B.A., 1977
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Law, J.D., 1984

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, District Court of Rhode Island, 1989

 

G. ANTHONY MARROCCO

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f: (401) 433-5066 Attention: Anthony
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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Law

Education

  • Providence College, B.A., 1989
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D., 1996

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island, 1997

 

JOSHUA S. SLEPKOW - HABLO ESPAÑOL

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f:(401) 433-5066 Attention: Josh
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Practice Areas

  • Wills, Estates & Trusts
  • Real Estate Law
  • Personal Injury & General Litigation
  • Landlord - Tenant & Evictions
  • Condominium Law

Education

  • Gettysburg College, B.A., 2003
  • New England School of Law. J.D., 2006

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island, 2006
  • Massachusetts, 2006

 

MILTON S. SLEPKOW (of counsel)

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Law
  • Business & Corporate Law
  • Wills, Estates & Trusts
  • Personal Injury & General Litigation

Education

  • Brown University, B.A., 1969
  • Columbia University, J.D., 1972

Bar Memberships

  • Rhode Island, 1972
  • Massachusetts, 1972

Criminal Law & DUI

Attorney David Slepkow has nine years of experience handling criminal misdemeanors in Rhode Island (RI), including but not limited to, domestic assault, domestic disorderly conduct, domestic vandalism, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, DUI / DWI, refusal to take breathalyzer tests, assault, shoplifting, writing bad checks, probation violations, no contact orders and restraining orders, expungements, etc.

David Slepkow prides himself on providing aggressive, caring and timely legal representation to his clients. Many criminal matters are intertwined with divorce and family law matters and child custody and visitation matters. Because David Slepkow also concentrates in divorce and family law, he can use that experience to help his clients with criminal matters related to the family relationship. Please email David Slepkow for any questions or inquiries.

Frequently Asked Questions
(These answers only relate to Rhode Island Law and Criminal Cases in Rhode Island. Please see our disclaimer.)

Prepared by David Slepkow, Esquire, 401-437-1100, Contact Attorney David Slepkow.

  1. Should I refuse a Breathalyzer test in Rhode Island?
  2. Are there any bright line rules in Rhode Island?
    If the bright line rules don't apply, then what?
  3. Does Rhode Island allow a person to drive for work after their license is suspended for DWI or refusal?

1) Should I refuse a Breathalyzer test in Rhode Island?

The answer is - "it depends". There is no good definitive answer to this question in Rhode Island. The only proper answer is it depends on the circumstances. If you refuse the Breathalyzer test, your license and/or privilege to drive in Rhode Island will be automatically suspended after the arraignment but prior to any hearing or disposition of the matter on the merits. If you refuse a Breathalyzer test, the chances of winning are relatively slim. In a Breathalyzer case, the state must only prove that they had probable cause to arrest you and reasonable suspicion to believe that you are operating a motor vehicle in Rhode Island while intoxicated, that you were properly read your rights, and that you did in fact refuse the Breathalyzer. Even if you refuse, the state will typically still charge you with criminal DUI based on the officer(s) observations. Many, but not all, town and cities will dismiss the criminal observation case if you agree to take a plea for minimum sanctions (at least 6 months) at the refusal hearing.

If you lose the Breathalyzer case, for a first offense within five years, the penalty will be six months to twelve months loss of license as well as fines and driver retraining and community service. You will also be required to obtain expensive insurance on your automobile. The advantages of a refusal over a criminal case is that the penalty for a first refusal is a civil violation that will not be a criminal conviction on your record. (Please note that a 2nd offense refusal in Rhode Island is now a criminal offense!)

If you take the Breathalyzer test and fail it, you will be charged with a criminal DUI. These cases are much more difficult for the prosecution to prove than a Breathalyzer refusal. Your chances of winning a criminal DUI case is much greater than a refusal case! If you take the Breathalyzer, you will not automatically lose your license at the arraignment (as you would in a refusal case). You will only lose your license if you are convicted. In other words, you can drive while the case is proceeding. If convicted in a criminal DUI case first offense, you will lose your license anywhere between 3 months to 6 months. If convicted, you will also have to take driving classes, do community service and obtain expensive insurance for your vehicle. In a criminal DUI, the state must not only prove probable cause to make the arrest, they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you were too intoxicated to operate a motor vehicle in the State of Rhode Island as well as proving that you were properly read your rights and that other legal requirements were met. If you lose the criminal DUI case, you will have a criminal conviction on your record. A criminal conviction can severely hurt employment opportunities and in some case lead to loss of a job. Also, a second or third conviction for DUI/DWI will mean mandatory jail time. Please call Attorney David Slepkow if you have any questions, 401-437-1100.

 

2) Are there any bright line rules in Rhode Island?

a) Yes. If you are absolutely positive you will pass, take the Breathalyzer test.

b) If someone is injured in an accident - refuse the Breathalyzer.

c) If you already have a criminal DUI within the past 5 years, then you must refuse because you face mandatory jail time.

d) If you are in a profession in which a criminal conviction may hurt your career or subject you to professional discipline, i.e. lawyer, politician, teacher, then you probably should refuse.

If the bright line rules don't apply, then what?

Use a balancing test. You need to balance your need to drive your automobile versus what effect a criminal conviction will have on your life. If you absolutely need your license for your job and a criminal conviction will not affect your life, then take the test if none of the bright line rules (such as an injury) apply.

If you take the Breathalyzer test, you will not automatically lose your license and can drive while the criminal case is pending and will only lose your license if you lose the case. Your chances of winning the criminal case and retaining your license is much greater than a refusal case. However, the flip side is that if you lose the criminal case, then you will have a conviction on your record and minimum jail potential for a second offense.

 

3) Does Rhode Island allow a person to drive for work after their license is suspended for DWI or refusal?

No. There is no exception allowing a person to use their vehicle for work purposes when their license is suspended.

 

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Personal Injury Practice

Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates is committed to representing clients concerning their personal injury, auto accident, slip and fall claims in Rhode Island (RI) and Massachusetts (MA). We will represent you through the entire process from submitting the claim to the insurance company and helping you to obtain full value for your automobile, to settling your claim and, if necessary, filing a lawsuit on your behalf. We do everything in our power to help you get the best settlement possible to compensate you for your injuries. As with all of our practice areas, an attorney, not a paralegal, will guide you through the personal injury settlement process and the potential lawsuit. We offer contingent fee arrangements where no legal fee is collected unless we are successful in obtaining a legal settlement or judgment for you. We settle and aggressively litigate the following types of personal injury matters:

  • automobile (car/auto) accidents
  • motorcycle and truck accidents
  • dog bite injuries
  • slip and fall
  • insured motorists
  • uninsured motorists
  • accidental deaths
  • hit and run
  • property damage claims
  • pain and suffering
  • lost wages
  • bicycle accidents
  • whiplash injury
  • premises liability
  • serious injury
  • whiplash injuries


Please email us with your personal injury questions and inquiries and a lawyer will respond as soon as possible. The email will go directly to one of the lawyers at our firm.

Personal Injury Frequently Asked Questions

Article by Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates, Inc., 401-437-1100, Contact Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates.

  1. If I am injured in an automobile accident, what do I do?
  2. How do I determine how much money I am entitled to as a result of
    the auto accident or which another person is at fault?
  3. Does Rhode Island have a statute of limitations for personal injury cases?
  4. What if I am injured and the other party is at fault but has no insurance?
  5. How do I recover if I am hit by a hit and run motorist?

1) If I am injured in an automobile accident, what do I do?

Make sure you stop at the scene of the car accident and notify the police department immediately about the accident. If possible, please get all of the information about the other parties involved in the accident, including their name, address, telephone number and insurance information. Make sure you receive treatment for your injuries with a medical provider as soon as possible.

At the time of the accident, please get the names, addresses and phone numbers of any witnesses to the accident. If you have a camera or a cell phone with a camera, please take pictures of your automobile, the other automobile and the scene of the accident. If you have any bruises or physical conditions that are noticeable, please take pictures of the physical condition as soon as possible. Please do not give any statement to the insurance adjuster until you have had the opportunity to speak with an attorney. Please call Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates, Inc.
at 401-437-1100.

 

2) How do I determine how much money I am entitled to as a result of the accident?

In order to determine the value of the case, the attorneys must look at a combination of factors, including lost wages, pain and suffering, permanency of the injury, any scarring or disfigurement, loss of consortium, periods of disability, etc. Determining the value of a case is an art rather than a science. The amount of the medical bills incurred will be one important factor in determining the value of the case.

 

3) Does Rhode Island have a statute of limitations for personal injury cases?

There is a three year statute of limitations to file a lawsuit for negligence in Rhode Island. If you do not file a lawsuit within three years from the date of the accident, you will be forever barred from filing a claim as a result of the accident. In the event that the claim is for personal injuries against a city or a town, there are very strict notice requirements.

 

4) What if I am injured and the other party is at fault but has no insurance?

You have the legal right to file a claim against the person or corporation whose negligence caused your injury. However, in many cases the negligent party does not have the assets or funds to be able to pay your damages. So long as you have uninsured or under-insured motorist protection, you will be able to file a claim against your own insurance company for uninsured or under-insured claims.

 

5) How do I recover if I am hit by a hit and run motorist?

If you have uninsured motorist protection with your own insurance carrier, you may be entitled to make a claim against your own insurance carrier.

 

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General Litigation

Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates will handle all of your litigation needs. In addition to personal injury cases, we handle all types of civil litigation. Our firm will strongly advocate your position as either a plaintiff or a defendant.


Please e-mail or call us with your general litigation questions, and an attorney will personally respond to your call promptly.

General Litigation Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I believe that I have been wronged by another individual or entity, what should I
    do next?
  2. How do I commence a civil lawsuit?
  3. What should I do if I am served with a Summons and Complaint?
  4. How much will it cost to hire an attorney?
  5. How long before the lawsuit will be finished?

1) I believe that I have been wronged by another individual or entity, what should I do next?

You should contact an attorney promptly. One reason is that you will not run the risk of having your claim barred by the statute of limitations. Also, your recollection of the events is crucial and as time goes by your memory may fade.

 

2) How do I commence a civil lawsuit?

A civil lawsuit is commenced when a plaintiff serves a Complaint and a Summons upon the defendant. The complaint is the legal document that sets forth the alleged misconduct by the defendant. The summons is the legal document that directs the defendant to appear before
the court.

 

3) What should I do if I am served with a Summons and Complaint?

You should seek the advice of an attorney immediately. As the summons instructs, you only have twenty (20) days in which to respond to the Complaint. If the 20 days period passes, the defendant will be in default and lose the case. The response to the Complaint is called an Answer. This legal document sets forth the defendants defenses and counterclaims against
the plaintiff.

 

4) How much will it cost to hire an attorney?

Every lawyer is free to set his own billing method. There are many different types of billing methods: An attorney might choose a contingent fee, where you only pay the attorney if you win the case, or may offer a flat one time fee or may simply bill hourly. Usually the attorney will determine which method is best by the type of litigation in question. Slepkow, Slepkow & Associates never charges any fee in a personal injury case unless successful.

 

5) How long before the lawsuit will be finished?

It depends. After the pleadings (Complaint and Answer) have been served, there is a discovery process. This is the period when the parties obtain all of the facts of the case. The length of this process depends on the complexity of the case. The overwhelming majority of cases are settled long before trial.


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