Monday, May 5, 2014

Understanding Your Rhode Island DUI Charge - Part Two

Last week we brought you the first part of our three part series "Understanding Your Rhode Island DUI Charge." Part one explained how to read you summons to appear for your criminal court dates and the different terminology used by the police departments in classifying Rhode Island DUI Charges.  Part Two will attempt to explain your traffic tickets that are typically issued as part of a Rhode Island DUI Case.  Finally, later this week Part Three will discuss issues regarding bail and your bail forms.

How Do I Read the Traffic Tickets From My Rhode Island DUI case?

Traffic violations typically form the legal basis for the police to stop a motor vehicle an initiate a DUI investigation.  The traffic violation that was the basis of your motor vehicle stop could be anything and does not need to be indicative of impaired operation of a motor vehicle.  Typical motor vehicle violations that are issued in Rhode Island DUI cases include laned roadway violations, speeding, time when lights required, and failure to maintain control of a motor vehicle.  In addition to these moving violations, non-moving violations can also be used to initiate a motor vehicle stop.  Some of these non-moving violations can include inspection sticker violations, license plate violations, and tint violations.

Occasionally, the police will issue traffic violations in a Rhode Island DUI case which provides the defendant with the ability to pay the tickets by mail.  DO NOT PAY YOUR TICKETS BY MAIL.  Paying tickets by mail is an ADMISSION OF GUILT THAT CAN BE USED AGAINST YOU in your Rhode Island DUI case.  Regardless of how you intend to proceed with the defense of your Rhode Island DUI case, you should not admit to the traffic violations until your DUI case has been resolved.  This is especially true if you intend to hire an attorney to assist you with the case as he can most likely handle the tickets without you even needing to appear in court.

Where is my Court date for my Traffic Tickets?

Near the bottom of your Rhode Island traffic ticket there is a considerable amount of important information.  First, the ticket will indicate the location of your Rhode Island traffic court hearing.  There are two locations for traffic court hearings in Rhode Island, one in Cranston and one in Wakefield.  Second, the ticket will indicate the date and time of the hearing.  While it is always important to arrive for your court appearance on time and the tickets indicate 8:30 a.m., most Rhode Island traffic courtrooms usually begin at about 9 a.m.

Understanding Your Rhode Island DUI Charge - Part Three

In Part Three of our series, Understanding Your Rhode Island DUI Charge, we will address the bail paperwork you were given when you were released from the police station after an arrest for DUI.  We will explain what bail is, what obligations you have, and why you may not yet have any bail paperwork.  Part Two will be posted Wednesday, May 7th, 2014.

The Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esquire, Inc. 
 If you or a loved one has been charged with a DUI in Rhode Island, you need to immediately call Attorney Matthew Marin for skilled and aggressive DUI defense.  We will begin working immediately to ensure that your rights are protected and that you can put the best defense possible forward.  Attorney Marin is available 24/7 to discuss your case and to schedule a no fee, confidential consultation at one of our convenient office locations.  Contact us today by phone at 401-228-8271 or email at, or fill out the contact form on our Website.

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