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Rhode Island DUI Attorney

Updated December 16th, 2017

Have you been charged with DUI in Rhode Island? It can be a frightening experienced. If you are like most of our Clients you are not sure where to turn. As an experienced Rhode Island DUI lawyer, from the moment you call our office we work to clearly explain the drunk driving charges and the legal process you will be facing. We strive to provide all of our clients with the best legal DUI defense and focus our practice on the defense of those charged with drunk driving and chemical test refusal. Consistently, we have been rated as one Rhode Island's best DUI lawyers by both former Clients and our peers. For the past four years (2014-2017), we have been named a “Rising Star” by SuperLawyers and our drunk driving defense strategies have been featured in both the Providence Journal and Rhode Island Lawyer's Weekly.

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.  The Law offices of 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 Matthew Marin is consistently rated as one of the best Rhode Island DUI lawyers.

Review by Former Client Mark Z. on

Hiring Matthew Marin to represent me was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I was arrested for DUI and feared the worst. But Matthew Marin truly saved me. He was successful in having the breathalyzer results thrown out, then took my case all the way to trial, where he was able to convince a judge that without said results, the prosecution could not meet the burden of proof necessary to convict. I was found NOT GUILTY, and I couldn’t be more relieved. I would recommend Matthew Marin to anyone charged with a DUI in the state of Rhode Island. (One of 142 Five Star Reviews of Attorney Marin on See them all HERE)

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 Lawyer Matthew Marin today for immediate legal advice and representation.

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer: Focused on DUI Defense (Not Prosecution!)

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 Rhode Island DUI charges, penalties, and possible defenses.

Most Recent 2017 Rhode Island DUI Defense Victories

Our Client had been arrested after crashing her vehicle into a number of parked cars on a residential street.  Another motorist had approached her vehicle after the accident and called the Police.  When the Police arrived, they formed the conclusion that our Client was heavily intoxicated and had her submit to standardized field sobriety testing.  At the conclusion of the test the Police formed the opinion that our Client was under the influence of alcohol and arrested her on suspicion of DUI.  When they returned to the Police Station, they requested that she submit to a chemical breath test and she agreed.  The results of the chemical breath test indicated that her blood alcohol content was over 0.22, nearly 3 times the legal limit.  After we were hired to defend the case, we conducted our complete and detailed review of the case, the arrest, and the police investigation. Our detailed review uncovered that the Police made a major error by reading our Client the wrong rights form.  Prior to taking the breath test, the Police had read our Client the "Juvenile" rights form instead of the appropriate adult rights form for our Client, who is over 50 years old.  This error would have rendered the chemical breath test results inadmissible in our Client's DUI trial.  Based on this issue we raised, we were able to negotiate a compromised resolution of the case in which the Prosecution agreed to drop the charge from DUI to reckless driving with the understanding that our Client would have to successfully complete a number of tasks in the coming year.
and the case was Filed for one year filing with a four month loss of license, $500 charitable contribution, Alcohol Counseling, 20 hours of community service and court costs on December 4th, 2017

POLICE REPORT:  Our Client was stopped by the Rhode Island State Police for erratic driving and speeding.  At the conclusion of their on-scene investigation, they formed the opinion that our Client was under the influence of alcohol to a degree which rendered him incapable of safe operation and placed him under arrest for DUI and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test.  Once we became involved with the case, we were able to gather significant mitigation evidence including the fact that our Client had never been in legal trouble before, held a clean CT driving history, and was in the process of obtaining his commercial freight pilots license.  This mitigation information, along with several legal issues which could have given the Prosecution a difficult time at trial, lead to a favorable plea bargain in which our Client avoided a DUI conviction.
(1) DRUNK DRIVING CHARGE REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING resulting in one year filing with a six month loss of license (retro-active giving credit for chemical test refusal preliminary suspension), $250 contribution to the VCIF, and court costs on September 8th, 2017

Additional 2017 Rhode Island DUI Defense Victories

FAQ: Is my license suspended immediately after my arrest for DUI in Rhode Island?

After you have had an opportunity to review the information on our website, please give serious consideration to speaking directly with Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew 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 RI DUI attorney, 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.

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 Charges 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."  

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.

Penalties for DUI (BAC Unknown) in Rhode Island

Rhode Island DUI Charges 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."

Penalties for DUI Charges with Readings in Rhode Island

Top Rhode Island DUI Attorney - Recipient of the 2015 and 2016 "10 Best" Award for DUI Defense in Rhode Island

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer 10 Best Award

Recently, RI DUI Lawyer Matthew 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 Attorney 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 DUI Representation - Current Member of the National College for DUI Defense

RI DUI Lawyer Matthew Marin NCDD Member

As a Member of the National College for DUI Defense, we are 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.

 We Defend Drunk Driving Charges Brought by the Following Areas and Towns:

Barrington, Bristol, Burrillville, Central Falls, Charlestown, Coventry, Cranston, Cumberland, East Greenwich, Exeter, Foster, Glocester, Hopkinton, Jamestown, Johnston, Lincoln, Little Compton, Middletown, Narragansett, Newport, New Shoreham, North Kingstown, North Providence, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, Portsmouth, Providence, Richmond, Scituate, Smithfield, South Kingstown, Tiverton, Warren, Warwick, Westerly, West Greenwich, West Warwick, Woonsocket, Rhode Island State Police: Hope Valley Barracks, Wickford Barracks, Lincoln Barracks, Scituate Barracks

Attorney Marin Named A Super Lawyers Rising Star Four Consecutive Years 2014-2017

Attorney Matthew Marin was named a Rhode Island Rising Star by Super Lawyers for 4 consecutive years from 2014 thru 2017. 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 Member of the National College for DUI Defense

Attorney Marin is a Rhode Island General Member 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.