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.
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.
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.
The severity of penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol differs from state to state, and when the strictness of all the states was compared recently, it was found that Rhode Island ranks number 34 on the list. Even so, DUI charges here are serious -- regardless of whether the accusations concern an alleged first or second violation, or a felony DUI after two prior convictions. The impact of such charges can adversely affect the lives of those who are convicted, and the assistance of experienced attorneys may be vital.
Many people wrongly believe that every drunk-driving related arrest automatically results in a DUI conviction. In truth, there are many legitimate and effective defenses to drunk driving charges that may apply to an individual's case and result in DUI charges being dismissed.
When you think about the typical DUI, you may think that there are only legal consequences on the line. In other words, you may only think about the potential jail time, the fines, the license revocation, and the court costs that a person has to deal with. However, these are only a few of the myriad consequences that can hurt an individual accused and convicted of DUI.
An interesting study was recently published in the journal "Injury Prevention," detailing the economic impact of drunk driving accidents on the U.S. economy. Since the middle of the 1980s, drunk driving accidents have been cut in half. That's a significant drop over the last three decades. But it is even more impressive when you consider that the drunk driving accidents that have been eliminated in that time have supposedly contributed to a $20 billion increase to the annual U.S. economy.
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.
A new study has been released about dehydrated driving -- yes, you read that right -- and the results show that driving while you are dehydrated leads to a similar mistake rate to drivers who are under the influence of alcohol.
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.