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How can you fight a DUI charge in Rhode Island?

You were driving when you saw the flashing red and blue lights. You knew you were probably driving while intoxicated, so you didn't want to stop. You did anyway, and it was only a short time before you found yourself in the backseat of the police cruiser.

Can you get drunk from food cooked in alcohol?

You went out to eat with friends and made sure you didn't drink, because you had to be the one to drive home sober. Not long after you started your trek home, you noticed that you weren't feeling quite right. Shortly thereafter, a police officer pulled you over to the side of the road.

Rhode Island: The DUI laws and penalties you should know

You didn't think you had too much to drink at dinner, but you see the cop car behind you and its flashing lights. Were you weaving? Do you have a light out? You're not sure. After a few moments talking to the officer, you realize you're being accused of being intoxicated.

What are some things you might not know about alcohol?

There are many things that people may not know about alcohol. For example, it doesn't actually impact the life cycle of brain cells, which means drinking too much won't actually kill your brain cells and make you dumb. In fact, some alcohol can actually be good for you. Red wine, for example, can prevent the onset of dementia, according to research.

Mens rea: The mental state behind the crime

"Mens rea" is the legal term that refers to the mental status, or "guilty mind," of the defendant at the time the crime was committed. It's what ultimately helps determine exactly what crime a person should be convicted of having committed, if at all.

Seek independent legal advice when the issue is personal

Attorney-client privilege is something in the American legal system that is held very dear. However, that privilege can get muddled in certain situations -- especially when the attorney is the counsel for your business.

Understanding when breath tests are inaccurate

For many drivers, roadside sobriety tests can be an aggravating experience. Not only is it difficult to deal with false accusations about your behavior, but the demand that you submit to a test that has a history of problems with accuracy may tempt you to become defiant or to even attempt to refuse a test. This is generally a bad idea because implied consent laws provide for stiff penalties even if you later prove to be sober after refusing the test. The important thing to understand before participating in a test is why it might be inaccurate. That way, you can work with your attorney to mount a solid DUI defense.

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