Rhode Island DUI Attorney Giving You a Fighting Chance

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer

Representation for Drunk Driving Charges Throughout RI

Arrested for DUI? Take immediate steps in order to protect your driving privileges and record. When you choose The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq., you can be confident that you have made the right choice. Tom, our founding Rhode Island DUI attorney, and his firm have an in-depth knowledge of criminal law and may be able to help you avoid the maximum penalties associated with your charge. Let us fight for you during the RI DUI process; we are experienced in handling DUI cases and taking them to trial if necessary.‚Äč

Penalties for subsequent offenses are harsher and can include longer jail time and the installation of an ignition interlock device. Don't make the mistake of thinking you can defend yourself or that your prosecutors will be lenient. Take immediate action and seek the help of The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq before it is too late.

Rhode Island DUI First Offense

  • If convicted of your first DUI in Rhode Island, you could be penalized with the following:
  • $100 to $500 in fines
  • License suspension for 2 to 18 months
  • Up to a year in jail

Second DUI Penalties

  • If convicted of your second DUI in Rhode Island, you could be penalized with the following:
  • $400 to $1,000 in fines
  • License suspension for 1 to 2 years
  • 10 days and up to a year in jail
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device

Third DUI Penalties

  • If convicted of your third DUI in Rhode Island, you could be penalized with the following:
  • $400 to $5,000 in fines
  • License suspension for 2 years minimum
  • 1 to 5 years in jail
  • Installation of an Ignition Interlock Device

What Evidence Can Be Challenged?

A DUI conviction relies heavily on the evidence which is gathered by law enforcement at the scene of the arrest. While evidence against you may seem like an arduous obstacle to overcome in court, we are capable of challenging its legality, accuracy, and relevance.

The types of evidence which can be successfully challenged in court include:

  • Breathalyzer test: Considered as one of the most important types of evidence used in DUI cases, breathalyzer machines have proven to be unreliable in some cases. The device may not be properly calibrated or maintained, resulting in inaccurate test results. We could also challenge this type of evidence by questioning the arresting officer’s training on administering breath testing and call upon an expert witness to examine the science of the technology.
  • Field Sobriety Tests (FST): While this may seem like a test that determines the intoxication level of an individual, the purpose of a FST is to collect more evidence against you to be used in court. Legally, you have the option of not participating in these tests. However, if you do so, we can demonstrate how subjective these tests can be. Our Rhode Island DUI attorney can assess the administration of these tests, the conditions under which they occurred, and perhaps your physical limitations.

What are common defenses against DUI charges?

If you are facing DUI charges, you may feel like you have little recourse to fight your charges. You have already been stopped, tested for a high blood alcohol content level, and arrested—what defense could there be? The truth is that many DUI cases get dismissed in court and proper, incisive representation can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.

DUI arrest procedures are highly regulated and even the slightest variation of law enforcement protocol could lead to a dismissal. These errors and oversights can often damage the validity of a criminal charge.

For example, some common weaknesses in DUI cases can include:

  • No probable cause for law enforcement stopping the vehicle
  • Unclear or incomplete Miranda rights provided
  • Poorly calibrated or maintained breathalyzer machines
  • Failure to send the driver their BAC results in at least 72 hours
  • Documenting any medical conditions that could have contributed to BAC or behavior
  • Witness accounts of a driver's condition before getting on the road

There are numerous possible defenses for a DUI charge and other avenues may present themselves depending on the circumstances of your case. When you obtain a DUI attorney in Rhode Island from this firm to assist with your case, you can be confident that they will identify any weaknesses and utilize these to strengthen your defense.

Work With A Top-Rated RI DUI Attorney

Tom was invited to become a member of the National College for DUI Defense®, due to his exemplary reputation in the legal community. This group of Rhode Island DUI lawyers is comprised of only the most experienced attorneys in the country—Tom is no exception. Founded as a corporation dedicated to providing valuable information about DUI Defense Law and intent on training up its members, the NCDD is seen as a highly respected organization to be a part of.

Hire an Attorney Listed in the Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers

Tom has experience in challenging numerous DUI charges, including questioning the validity of field sobriety tests and police testimonies. Recognized as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers in America, he can effectively defend your rights.

Tom and his firm are well-known for providing his clients with top-notch legal representation, from start to finish. He makes himself available to his clients 24/7. It is this kind of dedication that has earned him the Avvo Clients' Choice Award for 2014, 2015 & 2016.

Call a Rhode Island DUI lawyer to receive a free consult!

The sooner The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Esq. hears from you, the sooner we can get started working on your case. We would be happy to provide you with the guidance you need to make smart and informed decisions regarding your future.

We serve clients throughout Rhode Island including Warwick, Cranston, Pawtucket, Newport, Coventry, Westerly, all of Providence County, Kent County, and Washington County.


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