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Under Rhode Island law, what are the penalties of a DWI?

It may not seem like it, but there are many different types of DWIs under Rhode Island law -- and the penalties associated with the offenses vary as well. So what are the types of DWIs in Rhode Island and what are the penalties associated with them?

To begin, Rhode Island considers a person to be driving while intoxicated if their blood alcohol content (BAC) exceeds 0.08. But there are two other ways that someone can get a DWI or DWI variant. If you are underage, there is a "zero tolerance" measure that mandates a DWI if you have a BAC that exceeds 0.02. There is also an enhanced (or aggravated) DWI that comes into effect if any driver has a BAC that exceeds 0.15.

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