Updated November 20th, 2017
Serious criminal charges require a serious defense. At the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc., we provide our clients with exceptional legal representation and focus our practice on the defense of those charged with drunk driving and chemical test refusal. Consistently, Attorney Matthew Marin is regarded as one of Rhode Island's best DUI lawyers by both former clients and his peers. Matt is consistently listed in Super Lawyers and his drunk driving defense strategies have been featured in the Providence Journal and in 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.
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.
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.
Recent 2017 Rhode Island DUI Defense Victories
(1) FIRST OFFENSE DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL (BAC UNKNOWN)
(2) REFUSAL TO SUBMIT TO A CHEMICAL TEST (FIRST OFFENSE)
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
(2) CHEMICAL TEST REFUSAL CHARGE DISMISSED
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.
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."
Top Rhode Island DUI Attorney - Recipient of the 2015 and 2016 "10 Best" Award for DUI Defense in Rhode Island
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
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.