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Second Offense DUI Charge Reduced to First Offense with Minimum Sanctions on 8/31/2020

August 2020


Marin and Barrett, Inc. is extremely pleased to report that a second offense DUI charge pending against a Client in the Kent County District Court has been have been reduced to a first offense with minimum sanctions imposed.  Our Client had been charged DUI after he was stopped by a local Police Officer for allegedly speeding.  Once he was stopped, the Police had our Client perform standardized field sobriety tests and in the opinion of the Police Officer, our Client failed the tests and he was placed under arrest for suspicion of DUI.  At the Police Station, our Client allegedly submitted to a breath chemical test with resulting readings between 0.10 and 0.15.  Based on the nature of the charge (2nd offense DUI), if convicted he faced a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 days in jail (ACI).

Once the case proceeding to Court, we were able to fight the case and argue that the Police had not properly stopped our Client for the alleged speeding violation.  The Police Officer alleged that he had used a technique known as "clocking" to estimate the speed at which our Client was traveling.  Clocking is a scientific technique which, when performed properly, can be used to validly estimate the speed of a vehicle.  Based on the report written by the Officer, we were able to draw into question whether the Officer properly performed the "clocking" technique..  Based on our arguments, we were able to successfully negotiate a resolution of the case that involved a reduction of the charge from second offense DUI to a first offense DUI.  The Client was sentenced the minimum sanctions (no mandatory jail sentence) and we were able to secure him a conditional hardship license so that he could continue to travel to and from work while his license was suspended.  If you or a loved one is facing DUI charges in Rhode Island, give Attorney Matthew Marin at Marin and Barrett, Inc. a call for immediate and experienced legal advice and representation.

RESULT: SECOND OFFENSE DUI CHARGE REDUCED TO FIRST OFFENSE DUI resulting in minimum sanctions for a first offense DUI charge on August 31st, 2020

Practice area(s): Criminal Defense, DUI / DWI

Court: Kent County District Court

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.

Attorney Marin Named A SuperLawyer for Ten Consecutive Years 2014-2023

Attorney Matthew Marin has been named a Rhode Island SuperLawyer for 10 consecutive years from 2014 thru 2023. 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 Members of the National College for DUI Defense

Attorneys Matthew Marin and Kensley Barrett are both Rhode Island General Members 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.