Sunday, May 29, 2011

Police to Step Up DUI Enforcement Over the Memorial Day Weekend

**With an increased presence on Rhode Island roadways over this long holiday weekend, Police will be looking to step up enforcement of Rhode Island's DUI laws. In an effort to stay safe and enjoy your weekend, we have three simple tips:

(1) If you have been drinking, don't drive. This protects you and others on the road.

(2) If you have been stooped by the police while driving, for any reason, and are asked to take (or told to take) roadside field sobriety tests, know that you have the right to refuse to take those tests and your refusal to perform roadside field sobriety tests cannot be used against you.

(3) If you are asked to submit to a chemical test (either the breathalyzer or a blood test), ALWAYS speak with a skilled and experienced Rhode Island DUI lawyer before making that decision. The Police must afford you the opportunity to make that phone call BEFORE you make your choice.

If you have been charged with drunk driving (DUI) in Rhode Island, it is critically important that you speak with a Rhode Island DUI lawyer as soon as possible to ensure all your rights are being protected. Some evidence in DUI cases is routinely destroyed shortly after you have been charged and a experienced DUI lawyer will know how to preserve that potentially exculpatory evidence.

Visit my website at www.matthewtmarin.com for more information on Rhode Island DUI laws and penalties. Call now at 401-228-8271 to schedule a free initial case evaluation.

Via The Johnston Patch.com

Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally the start of the summer vacation and travel season. We can expect an increase in the volume of traffic along the highways throughout the state. Therefore, patrols will be vigorously concentrating on speeders, aggressive and reckless drivers, and we will be assigning additional patrols to DUI enforcement. Additionally, unmarked and low profile vehicles will be utilized by patrols to maximize the deterrent effort.

RHODE ISLAND DRUG CASE: Mass.Man Sentenced in Cocaine Delivery Case

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- A Massachusetts man convicted in Rhode Island of drug trafficking was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison.

Julio Ernesto Soto, of Salem, Mass., was arrested in a November 2010 Drug Enforcement Administration sting.

An informant working with the DEA arranged to buy $24,000 worth of cocaine from the 30-year-old Soto. DEA agents and local police officers arrested Soto when he arrived at the informant's home to deliver the drugs.

An attorney for Soto did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

RHODE ISLAND MARIJUANA CASE: After fire, S. Kingstown man charged with growing pot

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

By Katherine Gregg

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - - A report of a house fire resulted in the arrest of a resident, charged with a felony of cultivating marijuana and being in possession of a firearm while committing a crime of violence, namely the marijuana cultivation, said Capt. Jeffrey Allen of the South Kingstown Police Department.

A little after 2 p.m. Wednesday, the South Kingstown Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at 29 Harrison Ave.

"There was a small fire," Allen said.

But while extinguishing the fire, firefighters saw marijuana growing inside and outside the house.

The resident, Kevin Leaf, 53, was arrested and charged with growing marijuana and also possessing a firearm.

"He consented to allow the police to come in and search the residence," Allen said.

Police officers found 18 marijuana plants growing inside the house, Allen said, and 6 growing outside the house.

"He did indicate he was in the process of obtaining a medical marijuana card," Allen said. "However, he has not received that at this time."

Leaf is to be arraigned Thursday in District Court in South Kingstown.

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces A Successful Resolution for a Client Facing a DUI (Drunk Driving) Charge

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a successful resolution for a client facing a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge. If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island Drunk Driving or Breathalyzer Refusal Charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGES: Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI)
POLICE REPORT:
Police observed the Client make a right hand turn at a red light without stopping in the early morning hours in downtown Providence. Police stopped the vehicle and spoke with the operator. While speaking with the Client, the Police observed the Client to have slurred speech, bloodshot watery eyes, and a strong odor of alcohol emanating from his breath. The Client consented to and failed the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, the walk and turn test, and the one leg stand test. The Client then took and failed the preliminary breath test, blowing over the 0.08 legal limit. Police then arrested the client for suspicion of DUI/DWI. At the station, the Police requested that the Client submit to a breathalyzer chemical test to which he agreed. The Client's blood alcohol content readings were over the legal limit of 0.08 and he was charged with Driving Under the Influence (DUI/DWI).
RESULTS: REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING, Filed (not a criminal conviction) for 1 year with 45 day loss of license

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Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces A Not Guilty Verdict for A Client Facing A Breathalyzer Refusal Charge

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a not guilty verdict for a client facing the charge of Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test (Breathalyzer Refusal). If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island Drunk Driving or Breathalyzer Refusal Charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGE: Refusal To Submit to A Chemical Test (Breathalyzer Refusal)
POLICE REPORT:
Police received a call regarding an erratic operator driving "all over the road." The Police responded, located the suspected drunk driver, and stopped his vehicle. Upon speaking with the Client, the Officer detected a strong odor of intoxicating beverage, slurred speed, and bloodshot watery eyes. The Officer requested the Client submit to field sobriety tests which the Client then failed, according to the arresting Officer. The Client was then arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence and he refused to submit to a chemical test when requested at the police station. The police charged the Client with refusal to submit to a chemical test (breathalyzer refusal).
RESULT: NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

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