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BAC and DUI Sentencing

Individuals who face drunk driving charges should know going into their trials that blood alcohol content often plays a large factor in sentencing. In the State of Rhode Island, individuals are usually punished according to their levels of intoxication.

When a drunk individual is pulled over, it is usually best for him or her to avoid a breathalyzer test. If you or someone you know was recently charged with criminal DUI, contact Rhode Island drunk driving defense lawyers of Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384.

Typical Punishments

DUI sentencing in Rhode Island depends on a number of factors, including the individual’s age, previous alcohol-related convictions, and level of intoxication at the time of the arrest. Typically, an individual’s level of intoxication is measured with a breathalyzer at the time of arrest.

Levels of intoxications are typically broken down as follows:

  • 0.08% – 0.10%
  • 0.10% – 0.15%
  • 0.15% or greater

Usually, the differences between the levels of intoxication include more prison time, greater fines, longer periods of license revocation, and more community service. This is true regardless of how many times an individual has been convicted of drunk driving.

Since these levels of intoxication are usually based on breathalyzer results, individuals may want to refuse breathalyzer tests when they know they cannot pass. Though an individual may be convicted, the punishment is usually not as harsh.

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If you or a loved one was recently charged with drunk driving, contact Rhode Island DUI defense attorney Matthew Marin at 401-287-4384 to learn more about getting properly represented.