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Recent Criminal Case Victories

DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving and Refusal Charge Dismissed in March 2022

March 2022


The attorneys at Marin & Barrett are once again thrilled to announce a successful DUI defense.  Our client was pulled over in Washington County for speeding and eluding a police officer.  After smelling alcohol in the vehicle as well as perceiving other “indicia of intoxication” the officer subjected our client to field sobriety tests, after which he was arrested.  Once at the station our client refused to take the chemical test and was charged with DUI and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test.

At the pretrial stage of the case, our Defense team was able to discredit enough of the officer's report that the prosecutor did not feel comfortable proceeding with the DUI charge and agreed to drop the charge to that of reckless driving AND dismiss the associated chemical test refusal charge.  This means that our client was never subject to a license revocation, avoided a criminal conviction, and remains eligible to have the charge expunged in one year.

RESULT: FIRST OFFENSE DUI CHARGE REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING AND THE CHEMICAL TEST REFUSAL CHARGE WAS DISMISSED resulting in a one year filing, no loss of license, and no criminal conviction in March 2022

Practice area(s): Criminal Defense, DUI / DWI

Court: Washington County District Court

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.