Contact Us for a Free Consultation (401) 380-6724

Latest News

What Happens When You Get A DUI In Rhode Island?

Posted by Ken Barrett | Aug 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you've received a DUI in the state of Rhode Island, you may be confused as to what happens next. Find out below what the process looks like and what your options are.

In Rhode Island, driving while intoxicated (DUI) is a misdemeanor for first time offenders. It is illegal in Rhode Island to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or above. The .08 percent limit is the standard measurement used by all states for the “impaired” driver. If you are pulled over under the suspicion of drunk driving, you may be asked to take a breathalyzer test. You do NOT have to submit to a breathalyzer test. However, if you refuse, the police will likely charge you with a second, separate offense for refusal to submit to a breathalyzer. Refusal to take a breathalyzer test after being pulled over will result in the suspension of your license. If you submit to a breathalyzer test, the results can be used against you in court, which may be enough evidence to support a conviction. 

After receiving a DUI in the state of Rhode Island, what follows will depend on the facts surrounding your particular case. Generally, after being arrested, you will be required to go to an arraignment at District Court and enter a plea of either guilty or not guilty. You will also have the option to ask for a jury trial, as opposed to a bench trial. If you refused the chemical test or blood test, you will also be arraigned at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal in Cranston for refusal to submit to a chemical test (which is a civiil matter).

An experienced Rhode Island DUI Attorney can guide you through the process and help protect your rights. Without the guidance of an experienced Rhode Island DUI Attorney, there is a high probability that you will have your license taken away for an extended period of time, you will have to pay exorbitant fees and assessments, complete mandatory community service, and you will have to complete an education program. Your insurance rates will likely go up as a result of the DUI. In order to prove you had liability insurance at the time of the incident, you will also want to obtain an SR-22 form.

Consequences you may face for a drunk driving charge include:

  • Fines
  • Jail Time
  • Probation
  • SCRAM bracelet

For the first DUI offense in Rhode Island, the possible consequences include:

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • $100 to $500 in fines and penalties
  • License suspension for two to 18 months
  • Ignition Interlock Device will not be required

For the second DUI offense in Rhode Island, the possible consequences include:

  • 10 days to one year in jail
  • $400 to $1,000 in fines and penalties
  • License suspension for one to two years
  • Ignition Interlock Device required

For the third DUI offense in Rhode Island, the possible consequences include:

  • One to five years in jail
  • $400 to $5,000 in fines and penalties
  • License suspension for a minimum of two years
  • Ignition Interlock Device required

Although rare, after several drunk driving offenses, it is also possible to lose your car. A DUI could remain on your record for five years or more. This can be an issue any time you need to have a background check, whether it is for a new job or an apartment.

Have you been arrested on a DUI charge in Rhode Island? Learn more about the process and what your options are from a certified Rhode Island Criminal Attorney. Click here to contact us now!

About the Author

Ken Barrett

Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney If youve been arrested on a criminal charge in Rhode Island, you need the right criminal defense attorney. Contact us today to learn how we can help. No matter what criminal charge you are facing, having the right lawyer can make all the difference in reg...


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Kensley Barrett

Our law firm was founded on the belief that working with us is more than just hiring a lawyer. Working with us will bring you peace of mind and also allow you to continue with your regular life while we attend to your legal matters. Our vast experience means that it allows us to excel in both aggressively representing your interests and generating the best possible result for you.

Attorney Kensley Barrett
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 47 Google+ Reviews.

Criminal Defense - DUI Defense - Domestic Violence Representation - Criminal Record Expungement Services

Office Hours:
Monday 7 am - 10 pm,
Tuesday 7 am - 10 pm,
Wednesday 7 am - 10 pm,
Thursday 7 am - 10 pm,
Friday 7 am - 10 pm,
Saturday 7 am - 10 pm,
Sunday 7 am - 10 pm

Office Locations:
127 Dorrance St, Providence, RI 02903
36 South County Commons Way, Unit C-3 Rear, South Kingstown, RI 02879
37 Bellevue Ave, Newport, RI 02840

DISCLAIMER: This site and any information contained herein are intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. You should consult with an attorney for legal advice with regard to your situation. You may contact our law firm at your convenience for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Reviewing the information contained on this web site and/or contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. Also, the Rhode Island Supreme Court licenses all lawyers in the general practice of law, but does not license or certify any lawyer as an expert or specialist in any field of practice.