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7-time DUI offender leads to more enhanced penalty talks

Just up the road in Massachusetts, a man was recently arrested for drunk driving for the seventh time in his life. The startling number of violations certainly piqued the interests of many people, and it was even more startling to discover that the man has not had a valid driver's license for 30 years. This whole time he has been driving illegally in numerous ways.

Accident involves DUI charges, first-time offense for the accused

An accident in East Providence, Rhode Island has led to a 34-year-old man receiving some serious DUI charges. The person that the 34-year-old hit was a 51-year-old man on a motorcycle. The 51-year-old was hospitalized as he suffered serious head injuries. The 34-year-old was charged with driving under the influence with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or greater. He was also charged with felony DUI. Both charges were first-time offenses for the 34-year-old.

Man arrested for boating under the influence after zone violation

While the following story didn't occur here in Rhode Island, it is yet another installment in the line of boating under the influence stories that show how this offense can dramatically affect a person's life in a negative way. The man in this case is from Florida, and he was operating his vessel recently when police, in a joint move with the Florida Wildlife Commission, stopped him for operating in a "manatee slow speed zone."

What are the penalties for a first-time DUI offense?

Driving under the influence of alcohol can result is serious charges and penalties in Rhode Island. All drivers should know that they can be charged with a DUI if a police officer suspects that they are impaired by alcohol. This may not mean that the driver is drunk, just that he or she is impaired and cannot safely operate his or her vehicle.

Did you fail a breath test? Here's how to challenge it.

We have devoted a few blog posts in recent months to discussing implied consent laws in Rhode Island and explaining why submitting to a breath test is in your best interests. However, the reason most people consider refusing a breath test is because they are worried about what the reading will show. So what happens if you take a breath test and fail?

On drugs, and how they factor into the world of DUI law

Driving under the influence is a charge that is often associated with alcohol. In fact, if you were to say "DUI" to someone and to ask them to define the term, they would probably say that it is a criminal violation that occurs when someone exceeds the 0.08 blood alcohol limit.

Ignition interlock devices can create issues for drivers

A very interesting study was just released by researchers at the University of Michigan. They looked at drunk driving accidents, drunk driving deaths, and the use of ignition interlock devices, and they concluded that if ignition interlock devices were installed on every vehicles in the United States, it would actually save the country hundreds of millions of dollars and spare tens of thousands of lives over a 15-year period.

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