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DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving in Kent County Superior Court 9/3/2020

September 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

Matthew Marin

My name is Attorney Matthew Marin. I have dedicated my career to defending those charged with criminal offenses throughout Rhode Island. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a criminal offense, we understand that are likely in an unfamiliar situation that can be extremely intimidating and even paralyzing. You may feel as if you do not know where to turn or who to ask for help. Fortunately, you have come to the right place to begin your search for answers and a successful resolution to your situation. We have extensive experience assisting thousands of clients facing drunk driving charges, domestic violence charges, and drug charges throughout Rhode Island.

Attorney Marin Named A SuperLawyers Rising Star Five Consecutive Years 2014-2019

Attorney Matthew Marin has been named a Rhode Island Rising Star by SuperLawyers for 6 consecutive years from 2014 thru 2019. 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.