DUI Representation: Six Important Facts You Should Know

When it comes to DUI representation, you don't want to go in sight unseen. Indeed, here are six important things to know if you have been charged with a DUI.

  • An arrest for a DUI is a serious charge. In Rhode Island, the laws are especially severe. For a first time offense, if your BAC is between 0.08 and 0.10, you can receive a fine of $100-$300, a license suspension for one to six months, a reinstatement cost of $50, and a maximum of one year in jail.
  • People convicted of a DUI might also be sentenced to between 10 and 60 hours of community service. They could be required to enroll in a driving safety course, an alcohol treatment program, or both.
  • The penalties go up sharply after a first offense.  For a third DUI, the charge becomes a felony with a mandatory $400 fine, one to three years in jail, and a suspended license for two to three years. Overall fines can total $5000.
  • Given the potential severity of a DUI, thinking seriously about your legal representation is one of the most important things you can do. 
  • Given the seriousness of the charges and the complexity of a legal hearing, it is generally not a good idea to represent yourself, especially if you are a repeat offender or your DUI has resulted in an accident or death.
  • The use of an attorney increases the chances of reducing or relinquishing charges. At Rameaka Law Offices, we will fight to see that justice is done.

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