Kent County DUI Attorney
Help for DUI Charges in West Warwick and Kent County
As a driver in Rhode Island, by accepting your driver's license you have given an "implied consent" to the state to be tested for the presence of alcohol or drugs if a police officer suspects you of a DUI or DWI. In Rhode Island, you will be charged with a DWI (driving while intoxicated) if your blood alcohol level (BAC) is at .08 or higher.
If you are under 21, you can be charged with a DWI if your BAC is at .02 or higher. No matter whether you are facing a misdemeanor or felony DUI, if you choose not to fight these charges, you face the possibility of harsh consequences through the courts and the loss of your license.
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DWI and DUI in Rhode Island
You do have the right to fight the charges and defend yourself in court. With my help as a Kent County lawyer, you may be able to avoid a conviction or minimize the penalties you may be facing. If you are a first-time offender with a BAC of .08 to .10 you face fines of up to $300, a suspended license for up to 6 months, a $50 reinstatement fee, jail time of up to one year, possibly 10 to 60 hours of community service, a possible Highway Safety Assessment fee of $500, and possible mandatory attendance in a driving school or alcohol treatment program.
The penalties become more severe for those convicted of a DWI with a BAC between .10 and .20, those who are repeat offenders within 5 years, those with a BAC over .20, those who were driving with a minor under the age of 14 in the vehicle, those who were speeding as well as drug-impaired or drunk driving, those who have caused an accident or traffic fatality due to DWI or DUI, and anyone who refuses to take a chemical test.
As your attorney in any DWI or DUI, I can investigate the case against you, examining police reports, photos, witness testimony, and other evidence to find facts and evidence in your favor. I can look for flaws, inconsistencies, and any faulty or nonstandard procedure or actions taken by law enforcement. I can negotiate with prosecutors and judges to have charges reduced or penalties lessened. At all times, I will make every effort to secure the most favorable result possible.
Facing a DWI or DUI charge? Contact the Kent County DUI lawyer at the firm for reliable and dedicated legal service now.