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How to Beat a DUI in Rhode Island

This post was inspired by a colleague of mine who opened a criminal defense and DUI defense practice in Rhode Island. Feel free to view his website here.

If you’ve been involved in a DUI personally or know someone who has, you are probably familiar with the stress and confusion that comes along with it. Driving Under the Influence (often referred to as a DUI or DWI) can be a life-altering event. What’s more is that it can cause a tremendous amount of uncertainty as to how your future will look moving forward.

People that are involved in DUI’s in Rhode Island often think that because they were caught and arrested for a DUI that they must plead guilty and accept the worst consequences. That is not always the case. There are various different ways that someone could beat a DUI case in the state of Rhode Island, as the laws in Rhode Island differ from other states. The first thing you should do if you have been arrested is to seek immediate legal help from a qualified RI DUI attorney. The more time that you give you lawyer to understand your case and craft a sound argument to defend you, the better the outcome may be for you.

In addition to retaining a qualified, experienced DUI lawyer, it is also important to educate yourself in terms of how the case will proceed. There is a big misconception that if you fail your breathalyzer test or field sobriety test that you will automatically be found guilty. That is not always the case. In fact, there have been many individuals that have not been found guilty after having failed these tests. Why? Breathalyzer machines and the police officers that utilize them in their test are not free from error. If they are proven to have made a mistake in their test, the case could be dismissed. In addition to errors made by the breathalyzer or police officer, there are other ways that one could fight a DUI charge:

– The police officer pulled over the vehicle for an invalid reason.
– The BAC level was taken at the wrong time.
– The breathalyzer didn’t give an accurate reading.

It is important to remember that the Blood Alcohol Content (also called “BAC”) rises and falls at different intervals. This is due to a wide variety of factors: how much food the person ate, how the body processes the alcohol, etc. What often happens is that the officer will test the BAC at the station after a field sobriety test. This means that the alcohol has had more time to be absorbed into your system and it does not always represent the BAC at the time of being pulled over.

If a person were to refuse to have their BAC tested, they could be charged with a DUI regardless. If so, their could be a variety of penalties, such as having the drivers license revoked. An experienced, qualified DUI attorney can help in cases like these.

If you’ve received a DUI and you’re not sure how much it will cost, first think about how being found guilty would affect your future. Would you be able to get to work without a license? Would you be able to enjoy time with friends and family at a bar or public place where alcohol is being served? A DUI can have some serious long-term effects when it comes to the professional and social world. Retaining an experienced DUI attorney may cost a lot upfront but it will pay for itself down the road. Also, many RI DUI lawyers have payment plans and take credit.

Disclaimer: None of the information on this website is legal advice. Do not take any of this information as legal advice. If you do, we are not deemed liable for anything that should occur. Seek a professional, qualified, experienced attorney to help answer any of your legal questions/concerns.

Felony DWI – What is it?

Unlike the regular misdemeanor DWI’s (driving while intoxicated), certain DWI’s could trigger the special filing of a felony driving while intoxicated (a criminal offense that we handle at Feldman Criminal Defense). This offense comes with serious penalties when compared to your regular DWI’s.

Don’t be fooled, these are two distinct criminal matters that require speedy, experienced rendering.  For this reason it will be critically important to have a legal team with all the resources, experience and level of skill needed to represent your best interests. Not doing so could potentially jeopardize your life and reputation.

DWIs are usually politically efficient. Quite a few advocacy groupings actively lobby nys legislature to generate the rules much more stringent as compared to they are already. You will need to educate yourself concerning those rules and your rights. Key for your defense is to be able to intelligently communicate the methodology employed by the arresting police officer and argue any errorors to your jury as well as the court.  That alone is why having the best representation will be paramount to your success and freedom.

If you want successful rendering  for the felony DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED, the attorney you decide on must be one which is familiar and practices in this area regularly. For more information, contact us today!

Why Price Should Be The Last Factor When Choosing a Criminal Lawyer

Choosing a criminal lawyer to defend you can be tough. It involves a lot of thought and trust – this person will be defending, in many cases, you from seeing jail. Since criminal cases usually have the worst punishments, it is imperative to choose a criminal lawyer that knows what they are doing.

Choosing an attorney that has criminal experience is not enough, though. To make sure that you have the best chances in court, you should retain a lawyer that has experience winning cases in your specific criminal area. That means if you are going to court to defend a DUI charge, you want to make sure that the lawyer you hire has experience winning DUI/DWI cases.

Also, since lawyers with better reputations usually charge the most, you may not want to “bargain shop”. Whatever the court decides could affect your life forever – both positive or negative. Choosing a high-end lawyer to defend you might cost more but it will pay off if you do not have to see any jail time.

At my practice, when individuals in Chicago inquire about my criminal law expertise, I always take into consideration their case and financial environment before giving them a price.

Chicago DUI Statistics – Cook County #1

In a recent post on my firms website, we looked at the DUI statistics for Chicago and Cook County as a whole. The results were pretty astonishing to say the least. Here’s the post if you missed it.

As you can see, Cook County had around 100 more arrests than Lake when the report was done. The first question that comes to mind is, “Why are so many more people arrested and charged for DUI’s in Cook County, IL?” Well, it’s pretty simple. If you’ve been watching the news in the past year or so, you know that the local government has been trying to cut down on drunk driving by setting up more check points. They have increased check points over all counties but especially within Chicago and the outer towns.

This could be looked at as both good or bad…

Property Damage & Vandalization in North Jersey

vandalOn February 16, 2014 Middletown Public Library was vandalized with spray-paint. The library was under construction, receiving a complete makeover – additions by O’Connor Construction.

There are a few leads on the case, local police found backpacks filled with used spray-paint canisters and receipts from local hardware stores.

“It’s a shame that we have to put the work on hold while the police figure things out,” said Phil, a general contractor for O’Connor Construction.

“I hope that everything gets sorted out soon so that people can go on enjoying the library,” said a representative from O’Connor Construction.

Local laws are very strict on minors who perform such acts. Juvenile crimes (such as vandalism) can lead to large fines, community service, and even time spent at a detention center.

Group That Denies Global Warming Releases Anti- Consumer Report

criminal lawyerThe American Association for Justice (AAJ), formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, today released a statement debunking the Pacific Research Institute’s (PRI) latest propaganda aimed at eliminating Americans’ right to hold corporations accountable for negligence. The report attempts to support the notion, pushed by corporations, that litigation is hurting their profits.

“This is just more junk science being peddled by the same folks who deny global warming exists,” said Jon Haber, CEO of the American Association for Justice. “Their study is full of fuzzy math, unsubstantiated conclusions, and made-up numbers to generate wild figures designed with one purpose – to create a false news headline. This is a politically motivated hit piece masquerading as an impartial study.”

“None of this junk science even passes the laugh test,” continued Haber.

On December 15, 2006, PRI Fellow Steven Hayward categorized modern, generally accepted views on global warming as “extreme claims about what’s happening.”  An extreme right-wing think tank, PRI claims to “advance free-market policy solutions,” at a time when “public policy is too important to be left just to the experts.”