Rhode Island Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Penalties
Since driving under the influence (DUI) often results in serious and even fatal accidents, the State of Rhode Island has imposed strict laws and penalties. The penalties for DUI’s vary depending on the individual’s previous history with DUI’s and their blood alcohol concentration (BAC). If an individual is charged with a DUI for the first time, the penalties are often a combination of fines, community service, license suspension, and enrollment in a driving while intoxicated (DWI) course. However, the penalties significantly increase for repeat offenders and include mandatory fines, license suspension, and mandatory imprisonment.
First Offense DUI: BAC is between .08% and .10%
First Offense DUI: BAC is between .10% and .15%
First Offense DUI: BAC is between .15% or above
Second Offense DUI Within 5 Years: BAC is between .08% and .15%
Second Offense DUI Within 5 Years: BAC is between .15% or above
Third Offense DUI Within 5 Years: BAC is between .08% and .15%
Third Offense DUI Within 5 Years: BAC is .15% or above
It is important to note that many of the license suspension periods that have been spoken of in the aforementioned paragraphs can be reduced by utilizing Rhode Island’s Ignition Interlock Statute 31-27-2.8.
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