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Don't Bet Your Luck on the Irish: Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Safely with a Reminder from Rhode Island’s Top Legal Team

Posted by Matthew Marin | Mar 15, 2024 | 0 Comments

Like many Rhode Islanders (well, maybe not all of us, but quite a few), we absolutely love a good Saint Patrick's Day Parade. Whether it's in Newport, Providence, or West Warwick it's important to take a moment to consider the safety of yourself and others. While this day is traditionally associated with let's admit it - heavy drinking - it's crucial to remember the serious consequences that can arise from drinking and driving.

According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drunk driving remains a major cause of road accidents and fatalities in the United States. In fact, during the St. Patrick's Day holiday period alone, the NHTSA reports a significant increase in alcohol-related crashes, with far too many lives lost due to preventable tragedies.

The reality is sobering: driving under the influence (DUI) not only endangers your own life but also poses a serious risk to others on the road. From innocent pedestrians to fellow motorists, the repercussions of impaired driving can be devastating and far-reaching.

In addition to the immediate dangers posed by drunk driving, it's essential to consider the long-term consequences of a DUI conviction. In Rhode Island, as in many states, the legal penalties for driving under the influence are severe and can include fines, license suspension, mandatory alcohol education programs, and even jail time. Moreover, a DUI conviction can have lasting implications for your personal and professional life, affecting everything from employment opportunities to insurance rates.

Year after year though, some people will end up using poor judgment and making bad decisions. In the United States, the combination of a culture of heavy drinking and a startling lack of public transit, especially in Rhode Island, leads to many individuals getting behind the wheel when they are impaired. 

After the festivities of St. Patrick's Day, if you find yourself charged with a DUI, we can help guide you through the legal process with experience and compassion. We have worked with thousands of clients facing DUI or related charges. We can help you manage your situation so that you can mitigate potential consequences and work towards a resolution that allows you to move forward with your life.

At the end of the day we wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day fill with fun activities, beautiful weather, sober drivers, and/or ride-share services. But should you need us post-celebration, reach out to us promptly. Let's ensure this St. Patrick's Day is remembered for joy, not regret, and rest assured, we're here to support you.

At Marin, Barrett, and Murphy law firm, we are committed to protecting the rights and freedoms of those who are facing DUI charges. If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI in Rhode Island, it is important to seek the assistance of an experienced DUI defense lawyer who can guide you through the legal process and fight for your rights. Contact us today at 401-228-8271 or complete the contact form on our website to schedule a free consultation.


About the Author

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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