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Rhode Island DUI Information

In Rhode Island, anyone with a blood alcohol level of .08%, or greater, is considered to be DUI. First time offenders will generally not face any jail time, but will face fines ranging from a minimum of $100.00 and a maximum of $500.00.  In addition, a highway safety assessment fee may be imposed in an amount up to $500.00.

First time offenders can expect to receive a license suspension ranging from three to six months, in addition to 10 to 60 hours of community service.  Anyone refusing to submit to a blood alcohol content test will face an additional 90 day license suspension.  Every Rhode Island offender may be required to undergo some type of alcohol evaluation and/or treatment program if the court deems it necessary.

Youthful offenders, who consist of anyone under the age of 21 with any trace of alcohol in their system, will be subject to license revocation, potential referral to a treatment program, a fine of up to $150.00 and possibly be required to perform up to 100 hours of community service.  Juvenile offenders, which are categorized as under the age of 18, will face a six to 18 month license suspension, a highway safety assessment fine, community service and possibly be required to complete a court ordered treatment program.  The final determination of penalties, charges and treatment will be made based upon the blood alcohol content.

Individuals who are involved in a DUI, which causes personal injury or death, may face felony charges and much harsher penalties.

Upon conviction or an admission of guilt, DUI offenders are commonly faced with problems relating to their insurance company.  Immediately being labeled as “high risk” drivers, offenders are often dropped by their insurance company altogether or, at the very least, are required to pay much higher rates than before.  In the event that the offender is forced to look for a new insurance provider, he/she may have a difficult time finding a new company who offers high risk policies but, if they do, the rates will likely be extremely high for the amount of coverage granted.





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