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Drunk Driving Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving in the Providence County District Court 1/9/17

January 2017


At the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc., we are extremely pleased to announce that drunk driving charges pending against a Client have been have been reduced to reckless driving in the Providence County District Court.  The Client had been arrested after the Police responded to a report of a motor vehicle that had become lodged and stuck on the railroad tracks.  Upon their arrival on the scene, they observed a vehicle stuck 75 to 100 feet up the railroad tracks.  They spoke to the Client, who admitted to driving the vehicle and getting it stuck on the train tracks.  He told the Police that he had been at a bar with friends and had consumed alcohol.  After completing their investigation, the Client was arrested and charged with drunk driving.  At the Police Station, he submitted to chemical breath testing at the Police Station resulting in breath test readings of 0.24 and 0.25, over three times the legal limit.

Through extensive pre-trial discovery we were able to uncover significant legal issues in the prosecutions case.  Those issues included errors during the Police investigation that would have caused the prosecution problems admitting the Client's statements into evidence due to a lack of Miranda warnings and, as a result, problems proving that the Client operated the vehicle.  The Prosecution acknowledged these deficiencies in their case against our Client, and agreed to reduce the charge from that of DUI to reckless driving.

The Client was sentenced to a one year filing (stay out of trouble, no arrests and automatic expungement after one year), a forty-five day loss of license, completion of alcohol counseling, and court costs.  If you or a loved one is facing a first offense drunk driving charge in Rhode Island, give Attorney Matthew Marin a call for immediate and experienced legal advice and representation.

RESULT: FIRST OFFENSE DUI CHARGE REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING resulting in one year filing with a forty-five day loss of license, completion of alcohol counseling, and court costs on January 9th, 2017 

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI

Court: Providence County District Court

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.

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 Matthew Marin and Kensley 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.