Drunk Driving Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving in the Washington County Superior Court 2/22/17
CHARGE: FIRST OFFENSE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (BAC Greater than 0.15)
At the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc., we are extremely pleased to announce that a drunk driving charge pending against a Client have been have been reduced to reckless driving in the Washington County Superior Court. The Client had been arrested after the Police pulled our Client over for swerving over the white center divided line on Route 95 South in the Town of Richmond. The Police then became suspicious that the Client may have been operating under the influence and asked him to submit to standardized field sobriety tests. In the officer's opinion, the Client failed those tests. The Client was then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. At the Police Station, he submitted to chemical breath testing at the Police Station resulting in breath test readings of 0.170 and 0.167, over two times the legal limit.
Through extensive pre-trial discovery and negotiations with the prosecution, we were able to reach an agreement with the prosecutor that the charge would be reduced from DUI to reckless driving. Our Client was sentenced to a one year filing (stay out of trouble, no arrests and automatic expungement after one year), a four month loss of license, a substance abuse assessment, fifty (50) hours of community service, and court costs. He avoided a "conviction" for driving under the influence and, if he stays out of trouble and complies with the conditions of the Filing, his record will be clear in one year. 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 four month loss of license, completion of a substance abuse assessment, fifty hours of community service, and court costs on February 22nd, 2017.
Practice area(s): DUI / DWI