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Drunk Driving Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving in the Washington County Superior Court 2/22/17

February 2017

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

Court: Washington County Superior 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 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.