DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving in Kent County Superior Court 9/3/2020
CHARGE: FIRST OFFENSE DUI (BAC 0.10 to 0.15)
Attorney Matthew Marin at Marin & Barrett, Inc. is pleased to report a great outcome for a client accused of DUI in Rhode Island. In early January 2020, our Client was stopped by a Rhode Island State Trooper for traveling at an extremely high rate of speed. Once the Client was stopped, the trooper smelled alcohol on his breath and our client admitted that he had been drinking earlier in the evening. After failing a series of standardized field sobriety tests, the client was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Once at the station, the took a breathalyzer test and which registered results indicating that her blood alcohol concentration was above the legal limit between 0.10 and 0.15.
After being hired to defend the case, we began gathering evidence to put a defense together. During the discovery phase of the case, it became apparent that the State Police had unintentionally destroyed the video of the Client's interaction with the Police at the Police Station and the administration of the chemical breath test at the Police Station. After several pretrial conferences, the State agreed to reduce the DUI charge to reckless driving. Facing a DUI charge with a lengthy license suspension, hundreds of dollars of fines, mandatory community service, driver retraining, and heavy costs and fees, our Client managed to resolve the case while avoiding a DUI conviction and did not suffer any loss of his drivers license, which allowed him to stay on the road and continue working. If you or a loved one is facing a first offense DUI charge in Rhode Island, give Attorney Matthew Marin at Marin and Barrett, Inc. a call for immediate and experienced legal advice and representation.
RESULT: DRUNK DRIVING CHARGE REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING resulting in a one year Filing (stay out of trouble), $250 Contribution to the Violent Crime Indemnity Fund, no loss of license, and court costs on September 3rd, 2020
Practice area(s): Criminal Defense, DUI / DWI