Rhode Island OUI Lawyers
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Tiny State – Big OUI Laws
To OUI suspects the beautiful Atlantic Ocean view is the last thing on their minds. A OUI conviction can mean higher insurance, ignition interlock, license suspension / revocation, probation, community service, alcohol education, limited travel, vehicle impoundment, job loss, and most frightening of all – years of imprisonment
Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
In Rhode Island drivers are OUI with a BAC of .08 or higher. Motorists under 21 are OUI with BAC of .02. There are more severe penalties for drivers with higher BAC levels.
Chemical Testing and Field Sobriety Tests (FST)
How do police determine if I’m intoxicated? There are 2 separate forms of testing. FST relies on physical conditions that become more pronounced when intoxicated. Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN), stand on one leg, and walk and turn are the 3 most common. Chemical testing analyzes blood, breath, or urine to determine actual BAC. Generally, the more test administered, the more reliable the results.
Anyone charged with OUI in Rhode Island will face a charge completely separate from criminal charges. Administrative License Suspension (ALS) is considered a civil case. When an officer suspects a driver of OUI they will be asked to submit to chemical testing. If they fail or refuse to test their license will be likely suspended. Test refusal results in a 90 day minimum suspension as well as the possibility of additional fines, and community service. Test failure may result in lesser penalties.
First offense OUI convicts are subject to a 3 to 6 month license suspension, 10 to 60 hours of community service, alcohol education / assessment, and a $100 to $500 fine. Multiple offenses or offenses with a heightened BAC could result in increased fines and jail time.
With the advent of technology scientific devices have become smaller and more affordable. Hence the introduction of the ignition interlock. This device works like law enforcement breath testing machines, except it is smaller and does not allow the vehicle to operate if an elevated BAC is detected.
A OUI conviction can change your life. It’s imperative to hire a qualified lawyer specializing in OUI law to defend your case. They handle cases like yours everyday. The results are positive. Don’t go it alone. Have the confidence of a professional in charge.