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Rhode Island's DUI Legislation Tightens: What You Need to Know

Posted by Matthew Marin | Apr 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

As part of Rhode Island's ongoing commitment to public safety, the Rhode Island House of Representatives has recently passed a bill that proposes stricter penalties for DUI offenses. This new legislation, which is now on its way to the Senate, aims to significantly deter drunk driving and reduce traffic-related injuries and fatalities. For those facing DUI charges, the implications of these legal changes are substantial, and understanding them is crucial.

Key Features of the New DUI Legislation

The legislation introduces two major changes designed to toughen DUI enforcement and penalties:

  1. Enhanced Penalties for Serious Offenses: The bill proposes increased penalties for all driving offenses that result in serious injury or death, including the possibility of permanent driver's license revocation. This measure targets repeat offenders and those whose reckless behavior leads to severe consequences.

  2. Extended Lookback Period: The second part of the legislation extends the "lookback" period for considering prior DUI offenses from five years to ten years. This extension means that DUI convictions that occurred up to ten years ago can be considered in current sentencing, potentially leading to harsher penalties for those with previous offenses.

Understanding Rhode Island DUI Laws

Under the existing legal framework, as detailed in Rhode Island General Laws § 31-27-2, DUI offenses can vary widely in penalties, ranging from fines and community service to imprisonment. These laws are designed to penalize impaired driving severely, especially when it leads to accidents or injuries.

The Importance of Skilled Legal Representation

Given these potential changes in the law and their serious implications, it is more important than ever to have experienced legal representation if you are facing DUI charges. At Marin, Barrett, and Murphy, our award-winning attorneys are recognized for their expertise in criminal defense, particularly DUI cases. Our team, including Attorneys Marin, Barrett, and Murphy, who have been named by ‘SuperLawyers' and received numerous accolades for their defense work, are equipped to provide the best possible defense for those charged under the new stricter DUI laws.

Our Commitment to Your Defense

We understand the complexities of DUI cases and the profound impact they can have on your life. Whether it's navigating the court system, understanding the nuances of new DUI penalties, or presenting a robust defense, our legal team is here to support and guide you every step of the way. We are dedicated to achieving the best outcomes for our clients, leveraging our extensive experience and deep knowledge of Rhode Island's criminal justice system.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you are dealing with a DUI charge or any criminal matter in Rhode Island, don't hesitate to reach out to Marin, Barrett, and Murphy for a free, confidential consultation. We'll discuss your case details and how we can best defend your rights. Remember, choosing the right legal team can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case.

For more information on specific criminal defense services or to schedule a consultation, please follow the links below or contact us directly at 401-228-8271. Our attorneys are here to help protect your rights and ensure that you receive the most effective representation possible.

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.


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