DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving in Providence County Superior Court 8/31/2020
CHARGE: FIRST OFFENSE DUI (BAC 0.08 to 0.10)
Attorney Matthew Marin at Marin & Barrett, Inc. is pleased to report a great outcome for a client accused of Drunk Driving in Rhode Island. In February, our Client was stopped by a Rhode Island State Trooper in downtown Providence after she was allegedly observed changing lanes without using a directional signal. Once the Client was stopped, the trooper smelled alcohol on her breath and our client admitted to drinking earlier that 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 0.08 and 0.10.
After being hired to defend the case, we began to formulate a defense strategy. Based on the science behind breath testing, we were able to devise a strategy that pointed out the State's inability to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that our Client's blood alcohol concentration was in-fact above the legal limit. 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 her drivers license, which allowed her to stay on the road and continue going to college. 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), 20 hours of community service, no loss of license, and court costs on August 31st, 2020
Practice area(s): Criminal Defense, DUI / DWI