Close X


Navigating DUI Charges: Top Questions Answered

Posted by Matthew Marin | Mar 20, 2024 | 0 Comments

Did the luck of the Irish elude you this past weekend? Well, you're in luck now because you've just landed on one of the top DUI law firm's websites in Rhode Island. Our law firm has 60+ years of experience and has represented individuals on 1000's of DUI cases. Our diverse team of criminal defense attorneys are a power team working together to provide the top legal representation in Rhode Island. Call us today for a free consultation immediately for us to get started on your case 401-228-8271 or contact us here. Still not convinced? Read below regarding some of the most pressing concerns that our former clients have had that we can work to help you navigate as well.

So the luck of the Irish wasn't with you this past weekend? Facing a DUI charge can be a daunting experience, filled with uncertainty and numerous questions. From concerns about driving privileges to the possibility of jail time, individuals often find themselves overwhelmed and in need of clarity. In this blog post, we'll address some of the most common questions people have when charged with a DUI, providing essential information to help navigate through this challenging situation.

Why hire a lawyer?

  • Seeking legal representation is highly advisable when facing DUI charges. A skilled attorney can provide invaluable guidance throughout the legal process, advocating for your rights, and crafting a robust defense strategy. From navigating administrative hearings to challenging evidence, an experienced DUI attorney can significantly improve your chances of a favorable outcome.

Am I allowed to drive?

  • One of the immediate concerns post-DUI arrest is your driving privileges. Whether you can still drive largely hinges on your individual circumstances and how you navigate the aftermath. Initially, if you had a valid license during the arrest, it typically remains so. However, failing to act promptly could jeopardize your driving rights. In various cases, our team has effectively negotiated and defended charges, sometimes securing work licenses for essential daily activities, or even getting the entire case dismissed based on legal issues we can raise.

Am I going to go to jail?

  • The prospect of incarceration looms large for those confronting DUI allegations. The likelihood of facing jail time hinges on a number of factors including past convictions, whether anyone was injured as a result of your driving, and other unique details of the case. However, legal representation and mitigation tactics can wield considerable influence, potentially reducing or sidestepping jail sentences entirely. Our team has successfully navigated cases, securing alternatives such as home confinement (house arrest) or tailored arrangements allowing clients with multiple DUIs to travel to work.

Can I still drive to work?

  • Retaining the privilege to drive to work is frequently vital for those confronting DUI accusations. Following the DMV hearing and the development of your case, there's a possibility of retaining driving privileges with limitations or a conditional hardship license utilizing an ignition interlock device. Nevertheless, it's paramount to prioritize legal representation and adherence to any imposed restrictions to ensure your ability to commute to work remains intact. As previously mentioned, our legal team has effectively negotiated for numerous clients, securing the continuation of driving privileges for work and other essential activities.

What will happen to my insurance?

  • A DUI conviction can greatly impact your insurance rates. Often, those convicted may face significant hikes in premiums or risk policy cancellation. It's crucial to take proactive steps to address insurance-related issues and consider strategies to minimize potential consequences. Many of our clients have benefited from successful negotiations resulting in reduced or dismissed charges, sparing them from years of increased insurance costs.

Will I get kicked out of college?

  • The effect of a DUI charge on your academic endeavors may differ based on your educational institution's regulations and the seriousness of the offense. While certain colleges or universities might enforce disciplinary actions for students engaged in criminal behavior, the final decision rests on the institution's policies and the particulars of your case. Seeking legal counsel can assist in managing potential academic repercussions and devising approaches to mitigate adverse effects. For numerous clients attending college, we've successfully negotiated probationary measures to enable them to fulfill their remaining college years under terms mutually beneficial to both themselves and the institution.

Confronting DUI charges often induces stress and overwhelm, yet gaining insight into the process and securing suitable legal counsel can yield a substantial impact. By tackling common queries and initiating proactive measures, individuals can traverse this demanding period with enhanced assurance and understanding. Don't face this ordeal alone. Contact us today at 401-228-8271 for a complimentary consultation and begin working with a proficient DUI attorney dedicated to safeguarding your rights and securing the optimal resolution.

About the Author

Matthew Marin

Attorney Matthew T. Marin is a highly skilled criminal defense lawyer with an outstanding track record in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. With expertise in DUI/DWI, drug offenses, domestic violence, and white-collar crimes, he is dedicated to providing personalized and effective representation for his clients. A "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and a member of the National College for DUI Defense and the National Trial Lawyers Top 100, Attorney Marin is committed to staying current with the latest legal developments and giving back to his community through pro bono work.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

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.