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RHODE ISLAND CRIMINAL DEFENSE BLOG

I was on private property when I was arrested for DUI. Can the police do that?

Posted by Matthew Marin | Oct 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Yes, the Rhode Island DUI law allows the police to arrest you for DUI on private property (even while they cannot do the same in Massachusetts). But, if you are charged with DUI on private property you should seek the representation and guidance of an experienced Rhode Island DUI lawyer to explore and utilize any potential defenses that may be available to you.

What are the penalties for Boating Under the Influence in Rhode Island?

Posted by Matthew Marin | Aug 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

In Rhode Island, the penalties for boating under the influence can be extremely severe. Every person who operates a boat under the influence with a blood alcohol content in excess of 0.10 or whose blood alcohol content is unknown will, if convicted, but guilty of a misdemeanor. The Court will impose a mandatory fine, community service, and potentially a prison sentence of up to one year.

Can you refuse a Preliminary Breath Test in Rhode Island?

Posted by Matthew Marin | Jul 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

As a motorist you are legally obligated to submit to a preliminary breath test when requested to do so by a law enforcement officer who has reasonable suspicion that you are driving under the influence in the State of Rhode Island. If you are requested to take a preliminary breath test and you refuse, you will be subject to an $85 fine but you will not face the likelihood of a license suspension based on this violation.

What does dui/first offense/bal unk mean in Rhode Island?

Posted by Matthew Marin | Jul 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

The charge of “dui/first offense/bal unk” indicates that you are being charged with a first offense drunk driving charge and that the police do not have blood or breath test evidence against you. Instead, they intend to proceed with observation evidence of your impaired operation and believe they can prove that you were operating a motor vehicle at a time that you were impaired to a degree that rendered you incapable of safely operating a motor vehicle.

Is DUI a Felony in Rhode Island?

Posted by Matthew Marin | Jul 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Under most circumstances, being charged with DUI or drunk driving will not result in felony charges being brought against the driver. The vast majority of DUI charges brought and prosecuted in the State of Rhode Island are misdemeanor charges.

Attorney Marin Named A SuperLawyer for Seven Consecutive Years 2014-2020

Attorney Matthew Marin has been named a Rhode Island SuperLawyer for 7 consecutive years from 2014 thru 2020. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Rhode Island are selected by the Research Team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers selects lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their practice area.


Rhode Island Members of the National College for DUI Defense

Attorneys Marin and Barrett are both Rhode Island General Members of the National College for DUI Defense. Members represent some of the most experienced and cutting edge DUI defense attorney's throughout the Country. Nationwide, DUI laws are extremely complex and constantly changing and the College facilitates the exchange of innovative defenses throughout the Country.