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DUI Rhode Island Lawyer

If you are charged with a DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Rhode Island, it is important that you hire an experienced Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer. In addition, you may be charged in the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal with Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, which is a totally separate charge from Driving Under the Influence in Rhode Island.

The crime of Driving Under the Influence and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test are both extremely technical charges. What this means is that there are a lot of little things to look for when defending somebody for DUI and/or a Refusal. For instance, an attorney should be looking at whether the stop of the motor vehicle was proper, should the person have been asked to exit the motor vehicle, how did the person perform on the Field Sobriety Tests, were the Field Sobriety Tests performed properly by the police, did the police read the person their proper rights, did they observe the person properly during the breath test, did they administer the breath test properly, and many other questions.

What are the Penalties for DUI in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island General Laws § 31-27-2 "Driving under influence of liquor or drugs," is the law that prescribes the penalties for Driving Under the Influence in Rhode Island. The penalties are broken down based on the amount of prior offenses and what your alleged blood alcohol content (BAC) is alleged to be. 

First Offense DUI – BAC Between 0.08 and 0.10

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • License suspension of 30 to 180 days
  • Fines, fees and costs
  • 10 to 60 hours of public community service
  • Mandatory enrollment in DUI classes and/or alcohol treatment program
  • Ignition interlock

First Offense DUI – BAC Between 0.10 and 0.15

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • License suspension of 3 to 12 months
  • Fines, fees and costs 
  • 10 to 60 hours of community service
  • Mandatory enrollment in DUI classes and/or alcohol treatment program
  • Ignition interlock

First Offense DUI – BAC Greater than 0.15

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • License suspension of 3 to 18 months
  • Fines, fees, and costs
  • 20 to 60 hours of community service
  • Mandatory enrollment in DUI classes and/or alcohol treatment program
  • Ignition interlock

Second Offense DUI – BAC Between 0.08 and 0.15

  • Mandatory minimum 10 days in jail and up to 1 year in jail
  • License suspension of 1 to 2 years
  • Mandatory alcohol and/or drug treatment
  • Fines, fees and costs
  • Ignition Interlock

Second Offense DUI – BAC Greater than 0.15

  • Mandatory minimum 6 months in jail and up to 1 year in jail
  • License suspension of 1 to 2 Years
  • Mandatory alcohol and/or drug treatment
  • Fines, fees and costs 
  • Ignition interlock

Third Offense DUI – BAC Between 0.08 and 0.15

  • Felony conviction
  • Mandatory minimum 1 year in jail and up to 3 years in jail
  • License suspension of 2 to 3 years
  • Mandatory alcohol and/or drug treatment
  • Fines, fees and costs
  • Ignition interlock

Third Offense DUI – BAC Greater than 0.15

  • Felony conviction
  • Mandatory minimum 3 years in jail and up to 5 years in jail
  • License suspension of 3 years
  • Mandatory alcohol and/or drug treatment
  • Fines, fees and costs
  • Ignition interlock

If you have been charged with Driving Under the Influence, do not hesitate to contact Rhode Island DUI Attorney David Ellison today at 401-230-5520. 

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