In Rhode Island, an ignition interlock device is a device that prevents individuals from operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. The device operates as a breathalyzer attached to an individuals vehicle.
A charge of second offense DUI within a five year period is a serious misdemeanor criminal charge that carries with it a mandatory jail sentence. In addition to a period of incarceration, the second offense drunk driving charge carries thousands of dollars in fines, costs, and assessments, alcohol and/or drug treatment, and a lengthy period of probation and suspended jail sentence.
The fine imposed for a DUI conviction in Rhode Island varies based on the nature and severity of the offense charged. For first offense DUI convictions, the fine imposed for can range between $100 and $500.
Most individuals charged with driving under the influence in Rhode Island a DUI charge will not result in a jail sentence. However, for those charged with DUI’s involving aggravating circumstances or second and third offense DUI charges, the likelihood of jail increases substantially.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is renewing a push for tougher penalties that he calls a better deterrent for the harm caused by drunk drivers. According to AG Kilmartin, "Choosing to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle while intoxicated or impaired on drugs is like playing with a loaded fi...