Have you been arrested for driving under the influence? Is someone close to you facing DUI charges? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you need to contact a drunk driving defense lawyer. Rhode Island does not take drunk driving charges lightly. A drunk driving arrest can lead to very serious consequences. You need a qualified drunk driving defense lawyer protecting your rights.
Rhode Island DUI Arrest
So you were out, had a couple drinks, now you decide to get behind the wheel of a car. Next thing you know, looking in your rear view mirror, you see blue flashing lights. At this point you are probably scared and confused. You don’t know what to expect or how a DUI arrest will impact your life. You are now in need of a drunk driving defense attorney.
In order to arrest you for a DUI, the officer needs probable cause. Maybe you slur your words, have an open container visible, or the officer smells alcohol on your breath. After determining probable cause, he will probably ask you to take a field sobriety test. Unlike a chemical test, you are not required by law to submit to a field sobriety test. However, people usually cooperate with the office. The majority of people given field tests do indeed fail them. Now you will probably be hand cuffed, put in the back of a police car and driven to the station.
At the police station you will be given a chemical test such as a breathalyzer, blood or urine test. This will determine your Blood alcohol content (BAC). If you are over the age of 21 and not operating a commercial vehicle, a BAC of .08 is needed to charge you with a DUI. If you refuse to take the chemical test, you will face penalties. Implied consent laws dictate that you consent to a chemical test just by getting behind the wheel of a car.
Drunk Driving Consequences
It is important you hire a hardworking and experienced drunk driving defense lawyer to ensure you are not punished beyond the scope of the law. These are the consequences you may be facing for a 1st offense DUI in Rhode Island:
Jail time up to one year
Fines up to $500
License suspension up to 1 ½ years
It is imperative that you immediately contact a Rhode Island drunk driving defense attorney. You don’t want the full extent of these consequences inflicted on you.
Call Attorney Chad F. Bank
Chad is the Rhode Island drunk driving defense attorney you want on your side. He has decades of legal defense experience, focusing his practice on Rhode Island DUI cases. It is very important to hire an attorney with extensive successful experience defending drunk driving cases. Call us today at 401-585-8800 to schedule your consultation.