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Facing a Rhode Island DUI charge can be a terrifying experience. If you are like most people, you may not know where to turn. We can help. Attorney Matthew T. Marin is a local Rhode Island DUI defense lawyer who has been repeatedly selected as one of the TOP THREE BEST RHODE ISLAND DUI LAWYERS by Three Best Rated. Former RI DUI clients and peers have also consistently rated him one the best Rhode Island DUI attorneys. For five years ('14-'18), he has been selected as a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers and his Rhode Island drunk driving (DUI / DWI / Chemical Test Refusal) defense strategies have been featured in the Providence Journal and Rhode Island Lawyer's Weekly.
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As a local Providence Rhode Island drunk driving lawyer, we concentrate our efforts on providing the best DUI defense to those charged in our major cities and towns like Warwick, Cranston, Westerly and North Kingstown as well as defending the large number individuals arrested and charged by the Rhode Island State Police with DUI / DWI.
We understand what is personally at stake for you – a potential conviction, a potential jail sentence, suspension of your driver's license, and impact on your job, your family, and your reputation. That's why we give each client the personalized attention their case needs to achieve the best possible result. Our clients appreciate this approach and we are very proud of what our former clients have to say about us online in places like Google, Facebook, and AVVO. Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc. has received over 200 online reviews with an average rating 5.0 out of 5 stars. Please see our Client Reviews page for a compilation of their testimonials and to understand why Attorney Marin is consistently rated as one of the best Rhode Island Drunk Driving lawyers. We are available 24/7 at 401-228-8271 to discuss your case and how we can help you.
One of Many Former Drunk Driving Client 5 Star Reviews of Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin:
In Rhode Island, a drunk driving or drugged driving allegation is a criminal charge that carries the possibility of a prison sentence and suspension of your driver's license. Rhode Island drunk driving laws carry mandatory minimum jail sentences for subsequent offenses, and for first offenses that have aggravating circumstances. Some judges impose jail sentences even in first offense driving under the influence cases. A guilty verdict or poorly negotiated plea can stick with you for the rest of your life. If you have been recently arrested for driving under the influence, contact RI DUI Attorney Matthew T. Marin today for immediate legal advice and representation.
Rhode Island DUI Attorneys - A Primary Focus on Drunk Driving Defense
As an experienced criminal defense lawyer, we focus a major portion of our practice defending those individuals facing driving under the influence charges in Rhode Island (also referred to as DUI, DWI, or OUI charges). We have spent nearly a decade defending the accused and we have NEVER prosecuted DUI cases. Our DUI defense strategies have been featured in the Providence Journal (May 2015 & June 2015) and Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly (most recently August 2017) numerous times.
Unlike most areas of criminal defense, Rhode Island DUI defense is an area of law in which an experienced defense attorney can challenge and beat cases in which the typical client believes there is no chance of success. RI drunk driving charges are extremely technical and to successfully prosecute a case the prosecutor must prove that the police complied with literally dozens of statutory and regulatory provisions. Follow the links below to learn more about DWI charges, penalties, and possible defenses from an experienced Rhode Island Drunk Driving Lawyer or call us now for immediate defense assistance at 401-228-8271 or you can email us at [email protected].
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- FAQ's Answered Regarding Rhode Island DUI Charges
- About RI DUI Attorney Matthew T. Marin
Recent 2019 Rhode Island DUI Attorney Case Results
CHARGE: FIRST OFFENSE DUI CHARGE (BAC BETWEEN 0.10 AND 0.15)
POLICE REPORT: A local Police Department responded to a call of a report of an erratic operator. The caller identified the Client's vehicle and license plate. The Police officer was able to locate the vehicle and observed the vehicle to be traveling at between 20 and 32 mph in a 30 mph zone. A motor vehicle stop was conducted and the Police Officer investigating made several observations indicating possible drunk driving including blood shot and watery eyes, an admission to consuming alcoholic beverages, and fumbling with his documents. The Police Officer then requested that the Client submit to standardized field sobriety tests to determine if he was safe to operate a motor vehicle or if he was DUI. According to the Police Officer, the Client failed all three phases of the drunk driving field sobriety tests. The Client was then arrested and transported back to the Police Station where he consented to a chemical breath test. The test produced blood alcohol content results of 0.133 and 0.134. The Client was then formally charged with DUI - BAC between 0.10 and 0.15. As the case proceeded to Court, we began a series of plea negotiations. During our review of the case, we were able to point out to the Prosecution that there may be some doubt as to the legality of the motor vehicle stop that initiated the police investigation and lead to the Client's ultimate arrest. Using this issue we were then able to negotiate a plea deal that resulted in a reduction of the DUI charge to reckless driving. Based on that reduction, were able to avoid a criminal DUI conviction, any loss of license and thousands of dollars in fines and fees for our Client.
RESULT: DUI CHARGE REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING and the Client was ordered to stay out of trouble for one year, drive with an ignition interlock (breathalyzer) device for 60 days, and pay court costs of $94.25 on JULY 16th, 2019
After you have had an opportunity to review the information on our website, please give serious consideration to speaking directly with RI DUI Attorney Matthew T. Marin. We will be able to answer your questions, calm your nerves, and provide you with a realistic, no nonsense evaluation of your case. As an experienced and locally based DUI lawyer, we have handled cases like your in the past. This means we know what to expect, we can evaluate your case properly, and we can achieve the best result possible for you. Call us now for a no obligation DWI defense strategy session at 401-228-8271.
Rhode Island Drunk Driving Laws are complicated and require the expertise and attention of an experienced drunk driving defense attorney. Most first offense driving under the influence charges in Rhode Island are brought after one of two situations occurs:
Rhode Island DUI Lawyer: What Happens After Refusing A Chemical Test
A majority of individuals in Rhode Island that are arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence refuse to submit to a chemical test; that can be either a breath test or a blood test. When you are arrested and charged with driving under the influence and Refuse a Chemical Test in Rhode Island you will in fact face two different cases in two different courts. The DUI charge is a criminal offense which is prosecuted initially in the Rhode Island District Court and it carries criminal penalties, including potentially up to one year in jail (even for a first offense). This driving under the influence charge is routinely referred to as a "DUI BAC Unknown."
What does DUI / BAC Unknown mean in RI?
The phrase "DUI BAC Unknown" indicates that the Police allege the Defendant operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol at a time when the Defendant's blood alcohol content was unknown (due to the chemical test refusal). The Refusal Charge is a civil traffic violation which is prosecuted in the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal and carries severe civil penalties, including up to a one year loss of your privileges to operate in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island DUI Attorney: What Happens After Failing A Chemical Test
If you find yourself charged with driving under the influence in Rhode Island and you submitted to a chemical test, the prosecution of the case against you is based upon your failed breath or blood test. In the case of a failed test, the severity or the degree of your drunk driving charge is based on the results of that breath or blood test. There are three 'brackets' in which the penalties become more severe as blood alcohol content results increase. The brackets for blood alcohol content in Rhode Island are 0.08 to 0.10 (lowest bracket), 0.10 to 0.15 (middle bracket), and 0.15 and above (highest bracket). In terms of legal jargon, the lowest bracket is often referred to as a "0.08 DUI" and the highest bracket is often referred to as a "0.15 DUI" or a "DUI with High Readings."
Top RI DUI Attorney - Recipient of the 2015 and 2016 "10 Best" Award for DUI Defense
Recently, RI DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin was named one of the "10 Best" Drunk Driving Attorneys in the State of Rhode Island for 2015 and 2016 by the American Institute for DUI/DWI Attorneys. This is the second year in a row that Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin has been named one of Rhode Island's "10 Best." You can visit the American Institute for DUI/DWI Attorney's website and view their ranking and accrediting procedure. To receive the "10 Best" Award, an Attorney must be nominated by the Board, his Client's and/or his Peers and, in addition to other criteria, the Attorney must have a 10/10 in Client Satisfaction.
Providing Cutting Edge R.I. DUI Representation - Current Member of the National College for DUI Defense
As a Member of the National College for DUI Defense, RI DUI Attorney Matthew T. Marin is constantly kept abreast of all cutting edge legal decisions and precedents as well as scientific issues and challenges that arise in the practice of drunk driving defense throughout the country. We have argued some of the most cutting edge and front line legal issues related to Rhode Island Drunk Driving Defense. In addition to cutting edge issues, Membership in the National College for DUI Defense makes available a wide range of legal and scientific resources which is often and consistently utilized in the defense of our Rhode Island clients. The Membership creates a competitive advantage when arguing motions and questioning witnesses and oftentimes prosecutors and other defense attorneys do not have access to this information. For experienced legal assistance with a skilled Rhode Island Drunk Driving Lawyer, contact Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or via email at [email protected]