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Providence Journal: Lawyer: DUI charge dropped against Woonsocket officer because of delay

Posted by Matthew Marin | Apr 02, 2012 | 0 Comments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A drunken-driving charge against a Woonsocket police officer was dismissed Monday, because the police deprived him of his right to an independent medical examination, the officer's lawyer said.

Attorney Matthew T. Marin argued in a District Court hearing that Woonsocket police officer Steven Fairley couldn't get the examination because the police delayed bringing charges against him for one week after the Feb. 25 incident in Woonsocket.

An independent medical examination is a right in every Rhode Island DUI case, Marin said.

"The denial of the right to an independent medical examination in this case deprived my client of the ability to defend himself against this charge and therefore dismissal of the charge is the only fair and just resolution to this case."

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Matthew Marin

Attorney Matthew T. Marin is a highly skilled criminal defense lawyer with an outstanding track record in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With expertise in DUI/DWI, drug offenses, domestic violence, and white-collar crimes, he is dedicated to providing personalized and effective representation for his clients. A "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Attorney Marin is committed to staying current with the latest legal developments and giving back to his community through pro bono work.


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