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Can a police officer arrest a driver with a BAC below .08?

Every year, thousands of drivers in Rhode Island are arrested for having a blood alcohol content that is above the legal limit of .08. For those who are convicted of DUI, we've previously discussed the many fines and penalties they face. Less discussed and clear are the laws surrounding buzzed driving and drivers who register BACs of less than .08.

In Rhode Island, BUI penalties and fines are stiff

Newport residents and visitors are surrounded by water and many enjoy boating throughout the summer months. When boating, safety is important and U.S. Coast Guard officers regularly patrol the waters around Newport to identify possible boating hazards and engage in rescue operations.

Nearly 8 percent of Rhode Island residents admit to drugged driving

We frequently discuss how a drunk driving arrest and subsequent conviction can negatively impact an individual's life, and those of his or her spouse and children, in numerous ways. A DUI conviction in Rhode Island can result in an individual paying thousands of dollars in fines, losing his or her driver's license for months and even spending time behind bars.

Penalties associated with breath test refusal now clearer

Upon being pulled over for suspicion of drunk driving in Rhode Island, a police office must provide an individual with information that pertains to his or her rights. Commonly referred to as the rights of use forms, the contents therein provide crucial information related to penalties associated with a DUI conviction and refusal of a breath test that may ultimately determine an individual's future.

DUI expungement, criminal records and driving records

When a person is convicted of driving under the influence in Rhode Island or elsewhere, it can create long-lasting difficulties and cause severe consequences. In certain circumstances, a criminal lawyer is able to obtain a DUI expungement for his or her client. This is a legal procedure whereby all records related to criminal charges are removed from law enforcement agencies and public records.

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