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While being charged with a DUI can be overwhelming enough, getting arrested for a DUI while having a child under 13 years of age in the car can result in more severe penalties. At The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq., our RI DUI lawyer understands how detrimental these charges can be to your reputation, freedom, and future of your child. He has extensive knowledge of the state driving laws and court proceedings in order to provide you the help necessary to protect your rights and your child.
In Rhode Island, any child endangerment charge is considered serious. The courts are inclined to be merciless when a child’s welfare is thought to be at risk or the consistent subject of neglect.
According to Rhode Island General Laws, “Any person over the age of eighteen (18) who is convicted under this section for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, other drugs, or a combination of these, while a child under the age of thirteen (13) years was present as a passenger in the motor vehicle when the offense was committed, may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment of not more than one year, and further, shall not be entitled to the benefit of suspension or deferment of this sentence.” Along with these penalties, the defendant is at risk of losing custodial or visitation rights and subject to family court orders, which can be devastating for families.
Over the years, our Rhode Island DUI attorney has helped hundreds of individuals just like you obtain the results they desire. He can conduct his own personal investigation into your case in order to develop a relentless and customized defense strategy because Attorney Thomasian and his firm takes every unique factor into consideration. After the trial, he could even help you clean your criminal record by guiding you through the expungement process.