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DUI Charge Reduced to Reckless Driving in Washington County District Court 10/1/2020

October 2020

CHARGE: FIRST OFFENSE DUI (BAC Over 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 July 2020, our Client was involved in an argument with his girlfriend on the side of the road when a passerby called the local Police Department.  When the Police arrived, they initiated a DUI investigation.  The Officer indicated that 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, 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 was in-fact the operator of the motor vehicle.  When the Police arrived, both the Client and his girlfriend were outside the vehicle without clear evidence regarding which individual was the driver.  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), $500 Contribution to the Violent Crime Indemnity Fund, a 90 day loss of license, 15 hours of community service and court costs on October 1st, 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 SuperLawyer for Seven Consecutive Years 2014-2020

Attorney Matthew Marin has been named a Rhode Island SuperLawyer for 7 consecutive years from 2014 thru 2020. 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.