DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving in Providence County Superior Court 6/2/2021
CHARGE: FIRST OFFENSE DUI (BAC Over 0.15)
Attorney Matthew Marin at Marin & Barrett, Inc. is pleased to report a great result for a client accused of DUI in Rhode Island. In October 2020, our Client was located in a vehicle on the side of the road in Burrillville. The Police investigated the vehicle and located our Client asleep behind the wheel. After speaking with our Client, the Police initiated a DUI investigation. The Officer indicated that smelled alcohol on his breath and our client admitted that he had been drinking earlier. After failing a series of standardized field sobriety tests, the client was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. Once at the station, he took a breathalyzer test and which registered results indicating that his blood alcohol concentration was above the legal limit and over 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 clear that the Police had insufficient evidence that the Client did, in-fact, operate the motor vehicle at a time when he was under the influence of alcohol. When the Police arrived, the Client was not operating the vehicle and the Police could not pin down at what time the Client did operate the vehicle to the side of the road where it was found. After several pretrial conferences, the Prosecution 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. 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), completion of a substance abuse counseling program, and court costs on June 2nd, 2021
Practice area(s): Criminal Defense, DUI / DWI