Wednesday, April 30, 2014

First Offense DUI Penalties in Rhode Island

If you have been charged with a first offense DUI in Rhode Island, you are likely uncertain as to how the court process works or what type of penalties the court might impose if you are convicted.  The best person to discuss your concerns with is an experienced Rhode Island DUI Defense Attorney.  Most, including Attorney Matthew Marin, offer free consultations to discuss your case and how an experienced defense lawyer could help you.  Before your consultation, please review the material below and the material on our Website for more general information on first offense DUI charges and penalties in Rhode Island.

Am I going to jail for my first offense DUI charge in RI?

In most cases, the simple answer is no.  However, if anyone was injured in an accident or if the DUI charge is not your first offense you could potentially be facing a significant jail sentence.  If you submitted to a breath or blood test and the readings are extremely high, you could be facing enhanced penalties.  If you refused to submit to a breathalyzer or blood draw, you will be facing a violation for refusal to submit to a chemical test at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

Will my first offense RI DUI charge be permanently on my criminal record?

A first offense DUI charge in Rhode Island is a misdemeanor criminal offense.  As soon as you are charged, the offense will appear on your permanent criminal record.  Whether it remains there, and for how long it remains there, depends significantly on the outcome of your case.  DUI charges that are dismissed are eligible to come off of your permanent criminal record immediately (provided you have no felony convictions).  Therefore, it is imperative that you speak with a skilled Rhode Island DUI Defense Lawyer regarding your case without delay.  In addition to being a skilled DUI defense lawyer, Attorney Matthew Marin also has significant experience handling literally hundreds of expungements for clients.  A knowledgeable expungement lawyer can help clean your Rhode Island criminal record.

How can a defense lawyer help me with my first offense DUI charge in RI?

There are several different important ways in which a defense lawyer can assist you in the defense of your first offense DUI charge in Rhode Island.  An experienced Rhode Island DUI Lawyer can exploit defenses in your case including factual issues and legal errors committed by the police.  They can use their contacts and reputation to navigate the legal system to your benefit and negotiate a favorable plea deal on your behalf and work to minimize the penalties and sanctions when appropriate.  By hiring skilled Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Attorney Matthew Marin you can put yourself in position to achieve the best possible results for your case.

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rhode Island Drug Charges Dismissed

We are pleased to announce the dismissal of felony drug charges pending against a Client dating back to 2012.  Our Client was arrested in Newport County in December of 2012 and charged with possession of prescription drugs including (1) Amphetamine, (2) Dextro-Amphetamine, (3) Gabapentin, (4) Clonazepam, (5) Diazapam, (6) Suboxone, and (7) Marijuana.  After successful navigation and representation throughout the Rhode Island Criminal Court Process, late last week all seven charges were dismissed by the Department of Attorney General.  This leaves our Client with the ability to clear their criminal record and move on with their life unhindered by this incident.

**Past Case Results do Not Represent or Guarantee a Particular Result in Your Case** 


If you or a loved one has been charged with a Rhode Island Drug Crime, contact The Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esquire, Inc. immediately to preserve your rights and begin to defend yourself.  Drug charges pose unique challenges in the Rhode Island Court system.  The stakes can be very high, as almost all drug offenses in Rhode Island are felony charges.  A significant portion of my drug clients are first time offenders with no criminal history whatsoever.  

We Provide Experienced and Aggressive Drug Defense In RI

For someone who has never been in trouble before, facing a felony drug charge can be overwhelming and extremely frightening.  Do not go it alone.  Attorney Matthew Marin offers a FREE, CONFIDENTIAL CONSULTATION at his conveniently located downtown Providence and downtown Newport Law Offices.  Attorney Marin can be reached via phone at 401-228-8271, email at, or contact form on our website HERE.  We are available 24/7 and will work arrange a consultation that fits your unique schedule.

Simple possession of a controlled substance in the State of Rhode Island constitutes a felony criminal charge (except for marijuana).  A felony drug charge carries with it a significant social stigma that can hinder future job opportunities, the ability to attend college and graduate school, create professional licensing issues, and hurt your ability to obtain a loan or buy a home.  All felony charges in the State of Rhode Island carry the potential for more than one year in jail at the ACI.  Whether it is your first offense or you have been in trouble in the past, it is extremely important to take your RI Drug Charge seriously and put forward a serious defense.
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Monday, April 28, 2014

Providence Police to Crack Down on Drunk Driving

A recent article in the Providence Journal discussed the Providence Police Departments renewed efforts to curb drunk driving.  The article, Drive drunk at your peril: Providence intensifies crackdown on DUI violators, discusses several major changes that the Providence Police will be implementing to combat drunk driving in Providence.  The most impressive change involves the rollout of the BATmobile which is a $375,000 mobile breath testing operations center.  The goal of the BATmobile is to allow Providence Police to make DUI arrests and return back to the streets to continue enforcement.  In addition, 60 new recruits will be put onto the street shortly as patrol officers with the training and direction to seek and arrest drunk drivers.

As a Rhode Island DUI Defense Attorney, I have handled a significant number of Providence DUI cases.  The level of expertise displayed by arresting officers can vary greatly, which can often times create significant DUI defenses.  If you have been arrested on a Providence DUI charge, you should be aware that the prosecution of Providence DUI cases, including first offense DUI Charges in Providence, can be extremely severe including probation, heavy fines, extended loss of driving privileges, and (depending on the Judge) possible incarceration (even for a first offense).  You absolutely need the assistance of a skilled and experienced Providence DUI Lawyer to put you in the best position possible to minimize the negative impacts that a Providence DUI arrest may have on your life.  At the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esquire, Inc., we are available 24/7 to take your call and have flexible hours to schedule a no fee, confidential consultation to discuss your case at our downtown Providence Office.  We are also available by email at or you can fill out the contact form on our website HERE.

Providence DUI Defense
There are many complicated legal aspects to a Providence DUI charge which can lead to many possible defenses.  Unfortunately, many of these defenses are not readily apparent to an ordinary citizen.  However, with extensive legal training and experience, Attorney Matthew Marin has become a leader in the field of Rhode Island DUI Defense.  In every case he utilizes his wealth of legal knowledge and experience in defending Rhode Island DUI cases to strive for the best possible outcome in every case.

Attorney Matthew Marin - Experienced and Aggressive Representation
In addition to reviewing the information on our Website, take a few moments and review the great things our former clients are saying about us in our Google Reviews.  To read about our Rhode Island DUI Defense Services we provide and about our membership in the National College for DUI Defense, you can visit our Drunk Driving page.  Lastly, to read about our most recent Rhode Island criminal defense case victories, visit our homepage.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

DUI Suspect Shot by Cranston Police During Saturday Morning Traffic Stop

During the early morning hours on Saturday, a driver failed to halt during a traffic stop.  After finally stopping, the operator exited the vehicle and pointed a weapon at the officers.  The Cranston Police Officers opened fire, and the suspect sustained non-life threatening injuries.  To read more about the incident, visit the projo website:

As a Rhode Island DUI Lawyer, I always advise clients to refuse to submit to the standardized field sobriety tests.  However, you must always be compliant and polite with the officers involved.  Never refuse to obey commands or routine traffic stops can turn into horror stories such as the one above.

If you are facing a Rhode Island DUI charge, contact the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esquire, Inc. today for a confidential consultation at one of our conveniently located downtown Providence and downtown Newport law offices.  We are available 24/7 at 401-228-8271 and  To read more about Rhode Island DUI laws, visit our website: DUI Penalties, Refusal Charges, Attorney Matthew Marin.

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MA Police Officer Arraigned on Domestic Violence Charges

On Friday, an Ipswich police officer was arraigned on domestic violence charges.  Specifically, he was charged with four counts assault and battery, malicious destruction of property, and intimidation of a witness.  Domestic violence charges can be brought against anyone.  If you find yourself facing allegations of domestic violence or domestic assault, contact an experienced domestic violence defense attorney immediately.  Do not speak to the police or give statements.  With the advice and guidance of an experienced domestic assault defense attorney, you can put yourself in position to achieve your best results under the circumstances.

Attorney Matthew Marin is an experienced Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyer who assists those charged with domestic violence offenses throughout Rhode Island.  With offices conveniently located in downtown Providence and downtown Newport, contact us today for a confidential consultation.  We are available 24/7 at 401-228-8271 or  For more information on Rhode Island Domestic Violence Laws and defenses visit our website and read our testimonials from former clients.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Can I Expunge My Felony Charge in Rhode Island?

A question that is frequently asked by potential clients is whether they can expunge a prior felony offense.  While the question may seem straightforward, such a determination can be difficult.  First, your felony charge must be adjudicated.  Pending criminal charges, whether they be felony or misdemeanor, cannot be expunged.  For a free, confidential evaluation of your Rhode Island Criminal Record please call RI Expungement Attorney Matthew Marin at 401-228-8271 or email us at

As a general statement, felony criminal charges that have been completely dismissed (sometimes referred to as "No Information" or "No Information Signed" or "No Information Filed") can be expunged from your criminal record immediately upon their dismissal.  However, if you have been "convicted" of another felony offense you cannot have any records expunged, including a dismissed felony offense.  If you have had a felony charge dismissed, it is definitely in your best interests to speak with a skilled Rhode Island Expungement Lawyer.  At the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esquire, Inc., we can give you a quick, no-nonsense evaluation regarding your eligibility to have your dismissed felony charge expunged.

If your felony charge was resolved via a negotiated plea or a trial and you were sentenced, the general rule is that you must wait 10 years from the date that your sentence was completed.  So, if you were sentenced to five years of probation you would need to wait an additional 10 years after your probation ended prior to being eligible to have the case expunged.  But, in the case of a felony upon which you received a sentence, you will not be eligible to have the case expunged if you have any other criminal convictions, misdemeanor or felony.  This can become a complex analysis and it is always in your best interest to seek an evaluation from an experienced RI Expungement Lawyer.

Our offices are conveniently located in downtown Providence and downtown Newport.  Contact our expungement lawyers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  We can provide you with a no-nonsense, free and confidential consultation regarding your eligibility to have your records expunged or sealed.  For more information on Rhode Island Expungement Laws, please visit the links below:

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Assault Charges Dismissed in the Rhode Island District Court

We are pleased to report that yesterday morning charges of misdemeanor simple assault and battery pending against a Client were DISMISSED in the Rhode Island District Court.  The Client had been facing a misdemeanor charge of simple assault and battery for allegedly assaulting two women.  According to witness statements provided by both "victims" in the case, our Client (the African American male seated in the video) became verbally aggressive and abusive towards them, got up and physically attacked the two women.  They alleged that, without provocation, the Client hit them in the face and knocked them over.

However, the Defense was able to obtain surveillance video of the incident which conclusively exhibited that the Client was the victim and had been acting in self-defense.  With the acquisition of the surveillance video we were able to prove that the statements were not only incredible, but patently false, ultimately resulting in the dismissal of all criminal charges brought against our Client.

If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esquire, Inc. today for experienced and aggressive legal representation.  We work diligently on all of our cases to produce the best possible results under the circumstances.  We are always willing to provide a free, confidential consultation to discuss your criminal case and how Attorney Matthew Marin can assist you.  Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 401-228-8271 or via email at

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

DUI Charges Dismissed in Rhode Island District Court

Rhode Island DUI charges pending against a Client were dismissed today in the Fourth Division District Court in Wakefield, Rhode Island.  The charge, DUI with blood alcohol content between 0.10 and 0.15, was completely dismissed after the Defense successfully argued that the breath test was improperly administered.  Utilizing video footage obtained from the police department of the events that took place at the police station prior to the administration of the Intoxilyzer 5000, the Defense was able to show that the arresting officer failed to comply with the Department of Health Rules and Regulations pertaining to the administration of the Intoxilyzer 5000 chemical breath test.  As a result, the State determined that they had insufficient evidence with which to proceed against the Client and dismissed the Rhode Island DUI charge outright.

At the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esquire, Inc., we have successfully argued in prior cases that the Intoxilyzer 5000 was improperly administered.  Proper administration of a chemical breath test, like most defenses in Rhode Island DUI cases, require specialized knowledge and experience to recognize.  Attorney Marin has handled a multitude of Rhode Island DUI cases, and we have probably seen a DUI case just like yours.  Our specialized knowledge and experience can be put to work for you to get you the absolute best result possible, and to potentially defeat your Rhode Island DUI case.

If you are facing a Drunk Driving Charge in Rhode Island, contact Attorney Matthew Marin today for a free, confidential consultation.  Attorney Marin is an experienced, aggressive, and skilled Rhode Island DUI Defense Attorney who knows Rhode Island DUI Law and the defenses that may be available to you in your case.  As a General Member of the National College for DUI Defense, Attorney Marin keeps constantly apprised all of the latest DUI related defenses that he can put to work for you.  Contact us 24/7 at 401-228-8271, visit our website at, or email us at

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