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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.

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.

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.

You need to defend yourself in the wake of a DUI

Drunk driving penalties are already very harsh on the individual who is being accused of the offense. But at the same time, the criminal justice system is against him or her from the get-go. Usually an individual who is accused of a DUI is not fully aware of all of his or her rights. They may know some basic rights, but they may lack knowledge or awareness of some other rights and protections that they are entitled to.

The numbers behind Rhode Island drunk driving offenses in 2012

We often talk about drunk driving in terms of its implications and effects on the individual accused of the crime here on this blog. But what does drunk driving look like in the state of Rhode Island? What does the data show for this offense? Today, we will look at some 2012 statistics which deal with drunk driving here in the state of Rhode Island and were compiled by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.

Attorney general calls for enhanced DUI penalties in Rhode Island

We have spoken about the expansion of DUI laws and the enhanced punishments that many lawmakers are considering for drunk drivers on this blog before. But in those cases, the suggested actions and changes to the law were not happening here in Rhode Island. Now, the changing tide of DUI laws and consequences has made it to the Ocean State, with lawmakers calling for stronger penalties for the offense of driving under the influence.

5th DUI could lead to very harsh punishment for accused man

Last week, a car plowed into a snow bank in Glocester, Rhode Island. The driver appeared to be alright, but when the police arrived at the scene they had a suspicion that the man was intoxicated. As it turned out, the man was. He refused a breath test -- something you shouldn't do -- and failed a field sobriety test. The police eventually took him in and his bail was set at a staggering $100,000.

MADD report isn't exactly flattering for Rhode Island

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) released a report recently about how every state in the United States i doing when it comes to drunk driving prevention. Unfortunately for us here in Rhode Island, our state was recognized as one of the worst states in the union in this regard. Only Montana scored as low as Rhode Island in this report by MADD.

President of Sean John clothing line cleared of DWI charge

The President of Sean John, a clothing line spearheaded by Sean "Diddy" Combs, was accused of driving under the influence recently. However, the charges against the man, Jeff Tweedy, were dropped for undisclosed reasons. No details are given in the article, and all we know about the incident in question is that the police noticed that Tweedy had watery, bloodshot eyes and that his breath smelled of alcohol.

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