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How a DUI may result in a job loss

In previous blog posts, we've discussed some of the consequences that Rhode Island drivers face if convicted of drunk driving charges. These penalties include costly fines, driver's license suspension or revocation, jail time, probation, community service and mandatory alcohol abuse education classes. While these penalties are significant, there are often additional consequences that result from a DUI conviction that may initially be less obvious. 

Necessity, duress and other DUI defenses

A person who is accused of a drunk driving offense will likely feel that there is no way that they can successfully defend the charges against them. "A DUI is insurmountable," the individual may think. However, there are certain circumstances that may be involved in your DUI that give you a good chance to defeat the charges. Let's take a look at some of these scenarios and how it could aid someone being accused of a drunk driving offense. 

Can the results of a Breathalyzer test be challenged?

If pulled over by a police officer and suspected of drinking and driving, a driver may be asked to exit his or her motor vehicle and submit to a series of field sobriety tests. Depending on how an individual performs, an office may also ask that he or she submit to a Breathalyzer test.

Woman's drunk driving probation nightmare highlights need for strong legal advocate

In recent blog posts, we've discussed some of the penalties associated with a drunk driving conviction. In addition to often costly fines, Rhode Island residents who are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony DUI may lose their driving privileges and be forced to spend time in jail or on probation. While probation is often believed to be an easier and less-punitive means of punishment and determent, a recent New York Times article provides compelling evidence that proves otherwise.

For cruise passengers, ships are full of hazards

With swimming pools, restaurants, shopping and dance clubs aboard; many of today's cruise ships are more akin to floating cities than ships. The cruise industry is enjoying a growth in popularity as the American Association of Port Authorities reports that from 2003 to 2013, there was a 77 percent increase in demand for cruise vacations which equated to roughly $117 billion in revenue worldwide.

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