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Rhode Island DUI Lawyer and Drunk Driving Defense Attorney

Updated May 21st, 2018

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 Marin is a local Rhode Island DUI 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 four years ('14-'17), 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.

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One of Many Former Client 5 Star Reviews of Attorney Matthew Marin: 

Review by Former RI DUI 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.

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 Attorney Matthew Marin today for immediate legal advice and representation.

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer - Focused on Drunk Driving 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 from an experienced Rhode Island DUI Defense Lawyer or call us now for immediate DUI defense assistance at 401-228-8271.

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2018 Rhode Island DUI Case Victories

POLICE REPORT:  A call was placed to a North Smithfield Police Department reporting an erratic and possible intoxicated operator.  North Smithfield Police searched the area for the possibly impaired driver.  As they were searching, they entered the Town of Burrillville and located our Client.  Upon seeing our Client's vehicle, they observed him swerve out of and back into his lane of travel and conducted a motor vehicle stop.  After stopping our Client, the North Smithfield Police Officer believed that our Client might be operating under the influence and called for the Burrillville Police Department to continue the investigation.  Burrillville Police arrived and eventually arrested our Client on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.  At the Police Station, our Client submitted to a chemical breath test resulting in blood alcohol content readings of 0.19 and 0.20.  He was then charged with DUI with a BAC over 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 the North Smithfield Police potentially conducted an unlawful stop and seizure of our Client in the Town of Burrillville that would be fatal to the prosecution.  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, a 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, pay court costs, and suffer no loss of his drivers license on February 27th, 2018 

POLICE REPORT:  Our Client had been stopped for speeding in Westerly, RI.  The Police were suspicious that he might have been driving under the influence.  The Client was asked to perform standardized field sobriety tests to which there were mixed results.  The Police then asked the Client to submit to a preliminary breath test which he agreed to take.  The results of the preliminary breath test indicated his blood alcohol content was greater than 0.15.  Our Client was arrested and, at the Police Station, he submitted to a breath chemical test which resulted in BAC readings greater than 0.15.  As the case proceeded to Court, we began a series of plea negotiations and the filing of a series of defense motions.  During our review of the evidence, we were able to point out to the Prosecution that the Police failed to follow proper protocol in the administration of the breath test.  At trial, this failure to follow protocol would have rendered the chemical breath test inadmissible. 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 and thousands of dollars in fines and fees for our Client.
RESULT: DUI CHARGE REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING and the case was Filed for One Year and the Client was ordered to complete an Alcohol Assessment, 20 Hours of Community Service, make a $250 Charitable Contribution, and suffer no loss of his Drivers License and pay court costs on January 19th, 2018 

POLICE REPORT:  Our Client had been arrested breaking down in a rural neighborhood in a small Rhode Island town.  Eventually, the Police were called formed the opinion that our Client had been driving under the influence.  He was arrested and taken to the local Police Station where he submitted to a chemical breath test resulting in readings of 0.113 and 0.113.  Although our Client had a number of prior offenses in neighboring states, he was charged with a first offense DUI with breath test readings between 0.10 and 0.15.  Our Client was facing a seven year license suspension if convicted of the first offense DUI charge from his home state licensing authority.  Once the case proceeded to Court, we requested that the case be tried in by a jury and the case was transferred to the Providence Superior Court.  Once in the Superior Court, plea negotiations continued for over a year.  The case was passed for trial and the Defense filed nearly a dozen pre-trial motions including motions arguing an illegal arrest and motions to exclude the breath test evidence.  After reviewing the Defense motions, further plea negotiations a few days prior to the start of trial resulted in a reduction of the DUI charge to that of reckless driving.  We were able to avoid a criminal DUI conviction and thousands of dollars in fines and fees.
RESULT: DUI CHARGE REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVINGand the Client was sentenced to one year probation, alcohol counseling, one year license suspension with a conditional hardship license to get to work, followed by a one year period of driving with the ignition interlock device and court costs onJanuary 8th, 2018 

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After you have had an opportunity to review the information on our website, please give serious consideration to speaking directly with DUI Attorney 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 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.

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."  

What does DUI / BAC Unknown mean?

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

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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 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 Representation - Current Member of the National College for DUI Defense

Rhode Island Drunk Driving Attorney

As a Member of the National College for DUI Defense, Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew 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.

We Defend DUI Charges in 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.