Rhode Island was the last of the thirteen colonies to ratify the new
Constitution but was the first to declare war on Britain. As the
smallest state in the country, Rhode Island is known as the Ocean State
for its many inlets and bays.
Fifteen states have declared capital punishment to be illegal in their
borders. Rhode Island is one of these abolishing states and was the
second to do so after Michigan. Rhode Island also states that
prostitution is fully legal within its borders as long as activity
takes place indoors. Medical marijuana is also legal in the state.
Studies have shown that this small state is considered the ninth-safest
state in the nation. However this state has high property taxes, local
taxes, real estate taxes, and state taxes. Like these laws Rhode Island
has created others to govern its people. Some of these include
bankruptcy laws, expungement laws, felony conviction laws, divorce
laws, labor laws, gun laws, and drunken driving laws.
Rhode Island has two forms of bankruptcy for personal use: Chapter
Thirteen bankruptcy and Chapter Seven bankruptcy. Chapter Thirteen
bankruptcy allows individuals to eliminate their debts through personal
payment plans designed for specific monthly payments for no more than
Chapter Seven bankruptcy allows individuals to eliminate their debts
through property liquidation. Some kinds of property are deemed exempt
from liquidation and include motor vehicles, furniture, real estate,
some kinds of jewelry, books, and other less valuable, personal items.
Bankruptcy is not granted to all those who apply.
All divorce petitions in the United States are to be filed to an
individual's county of residency. If a petition is incorrectly filed,
the case will be dismissed. Rhode Island requires that all those filing
for Rhode Island divorces first reside in its state borders for at
least one year prior to filing. Rhode Island law states that only one
individual is required to file for divorce and may do so in his or her
county of residency or that of his or her spouse, if a spouse lives in
a different county.
When an individual is charged with driving under the influence he or
she can be tried in one of two ways. The first is on charges of
intoxication where evidence will be produced to prove he or she was
intoxicated. These can include blood alcohol content levels, driving
patterns, and physical appearance. The second is on per se charges
where he or she can be convicted solely on the fact that he or she had
a blood alcohol content above the legal limit.
In Rhode Island no permit is required to purchase a rifle or a shotgun.
Seven days after a purchase, however, an individual is required to
complete a safety course. This course must be completed prior to the
purchase's completion. No firearm registration is required nor are
permits for carrying shotguns or rifles. Permits are required when
possessing and carrying handguns.