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DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving in Providence County Superior Court on August 30th, 2022

August 2022


Attorney Kensley Barrett with the Marin and Barrett Law Firm is pleased to announce another successful DUI defense result for a Client.  Our client had been stopped in Providence County for a speeding violation. The Client admitted the State Police Trooper that he had two drinks and he then voluntarily submitted to the standardized field sobriety tests.  He was arrested on suspicion of DUI and back at the State Police Barracks he provided three breath samples. 

We evaluated the case against our Client as well as information and mitigation provided to us by the Client.  We were able to present that information to the Prosecutor who subsequently agreed to amend the DUI charge to Reckless driving.  We were able to create doubt in the mind of the Prosecutor about the reliability of the breath test results due to our Client's severe acid reflux problem which contributed to constant belching and burping at the station house.  Belching and burping during the test is in violation of the Rhode Island Department of Health protocol for administration of chemical breath tests in DUI chases.

Our Client's plea of nolo contendre to the amended charge of Reckless Driving resulted in a one year filing (stay out of trouble) and a sixty day loss of license. Most importantly, our Client was able to avoid a criminal conviction on his record.

RESULT: FIRST OFFENSE DUI CHARGE REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING resulting in a one year filing, a sixty day loss of license and no criminal conviction on August 30th, 2022

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

Court: Providence Superior Court

Kensley Barrett

Attorney Kensley Barrett is a skilled criminal defense lawyer with a proven track record in handling a wide range of cases in Rhode Island. Known for his strong background in trial advocacy and negotiation, Barrett is dedicated to providing personalized and effective representation for his clients. Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and with a 10.0 "Superb" rating on Avvo, he consistently achieves successful outcomes, including acquittals, dismissals, and reduced charges.

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.