Kent County DUI Lawyer

Defending Rhode Island DUI Cases in Providence, Washington, Newport & Bristol Counties

As in other states, Rhode Island carries severe penalties for driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. These penalties are meant to send a message to the public to discourage impaired driving. However, law enforcement can be overzealous in their dealings with drivers in seeking offenders and doing whatever they can to get a conviction.  

If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI, you may be confused about what to do next or how to defend yourself. You may believe that an arrest and charge will automatically lead to a conviction that you cannot stop. However, that is not the case. Any criminal charge can and should be defended; defenses do exist to these charges but you will need the services of an experienced attorney. At Biafore Law, our Kent County DUI attorney brings 20+ years of experience to this matter.

Arrested for DUI? Reach out to Biafore Law at (401) 244-7433 or contact us online to request your free initial consultation about your case today. 

DUI Defense in Rhode Island

DUI in Rhode Island can be charged in any of the following situations:

  • Your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) measured .08 percent or higher, called a “per se” DUI.
  • You had any amount of an illegal drug in your blood.
  • You were under the influence of any intoxicating substance which impaired your driving regardless of your BAC.

1st DUI Offense Penalties

Penalties for a first-offense DUI can include fines of $100 up to $400, a license suspension of 30 days up to 12 months, community service hours and/or up to a year in jail, and probation. 

If your BAC measured .15 or higher or you were driving while drugged, you will likely face harsher penalties, such as 

  • Fines of up to $500, 
  • License suspension of three up to 18 months
  • Up to a year in jail. 
  • Anyone convicted of DUI will also need to complete DUI school and/or a substance abuse treatment program. 
  • You will also be charged a $500 highway safety assessment fee. 
  • You may be required to install an ignition interlock device in your car. You may be granted a hardship license if permitted by the judge.

Additional DUI Offense Penalties

These penalties will increase with subsequent DUIs incurred within a five-year timeframe. Subsequent convictions will include mandatory minimum jail sentences. 

Refusing to take a breathalyzer test when asked to do so by law enforcement will result in the matter being referred to Traffic Tribunal.  

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