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RHODE ISLAND CRIMINAL DEFENSE BLOG

Refused a Breathalyzer Test in Rhode Island? Here's Why You Need the Help of Marin and Barrett Law Firm's DUI Defense Attorneys

Posted by Matthew Marin | Apr 12, 2023 | 0 Comments

If you're driving in Rhode Island and get pulled over under suspicion of DUI, the police officer may ask you to take a breathalyzer test. Refusing to do so can lead to serious consequences, including immediate license suspension at your first court appearance and long-term license suspension or ignition interlock requirements. You may also face hefty fines, costs, and assessments and mandatory community service. In this blog post, we discuss the potential penalties for refusing a breathalyzer test and emphasize the importance of seeking the guidance of experienced DUI defense attorneys like Attorney Kensley Barrett and Attorney Angelica Bovis of Marin and Barrett Law Firm. They can help you fight for your driving privileges and defend you against criminal charges. If you have been charged with refusing a breathalyzer test in Rhode Island, contact Marin and Barrett Law Firm today for a free consultation.

The Importance of Hiring a Skilled DUI Defense Lawyer in Rhode Island

Posted by Matthew Marin | Apr 03, 2023 | 0 Comments

This blog post highlights the importance of hiring an experienced drunk driving defense attorney when facing DUI charges in Rhode Island. It provides an overview of the state's DUI laws and the potential penalties for a conviction, including fines, license suspensions, community service, and mandatory alcohol treatment. The post emphasizes the need for legal expertise, strategic defense, plea negotiations, trial experience, and license restoration, all of which a skilled DUI defense attorney can provide. The conclusion urges anyone facing DUI charges to consult with an attorney and take action to protect their rights and secure the best possible outcome for their case.

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 Ten Consecutive Years 2014-2023

Attorney Matthew Marin has been named a Rhode Island SuperLawyer for 10 consecutive years from 2014 thru 2023. 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.