Christmas is a time of celebration, laughter, and good cheer all around the country. Unfortunately, DUI fatalities also spike in December. In response, authorities in Rhode Island ramp up DUI checkpoints and arrests during the holiday season, and you may find yourself swept up in the net. If you are contending with a Christmas DUI charge, you may be wondering what kind of consequences might come with a conviction.
Rhode Island DUIs
In the state of Rhode Island, legislators consider a person to be “driving while intoxicated” or “driving under the influence” when they take to the road with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 0.08% or higher.
A DUI's Consequences
The consequences for driving under the influence in the state of Rhode Island increase in severity based on the degree of intoxication measured at the time of arrest. For example:
- Drivers with BACs of less than 0.10% can face up to a year in jail, 60 hours of community service, and fines between $100 and $300. These drivers can also have their licenses suspended for up to 180 days.
- Drivers with BACs between 0.10% and 0.15% can face similar consequences, with fines capping at $400 and license suspensions extended by up to a year.
- Drivers with BACs higher than 0.15% can face fines of up to $500 in addition to the aforementioned consequences. License suspensions can also last for up to eighteen months.
You are less likely to see jail time if you have a clean criminal record prior to your first DUI charge. If, however, you get into a car accident or otherwise immediately endanger the lives of pedestrians or other parties on the road, your consequences may increase in severity.
A skilled DUI defense attorney can ensure your rights are protected and help you mount a vigorous defense. With so much at stake, it is critical to reach out to a DUI defense attorney as soon as possible.
If you are charged with a DUI in Rhode Island around Christmastime, you can discuss your case with the team at Inman & Tourgee. We have over 125 years of combined experience providing skilled representation to our clients. To schedule a consultation, call (401) 823-9200.
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