12 july 2017
Penalties for Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test in Rhode Island
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Law, 31-27-2.1, when Rhode Islanders obtain their license they automatically consent to submit to a chemical test (breathalyzer) if asked to do so by law enforcement officials. This concept is referred to as “implied consent.” More specifically, the implied consent law states that individuals automatically consent to taking chemical tests of their breath to determine their blood alcohol content (BAC) when lawfully arrested by an officer who has probable cause to believe that the driver has been operating under the influence. When individuals refuse to submit to a chemical test, they are automatically charged with refusing to submit to a chemical test, which results in adverse consequences. If an individual is charged with refusing to submit to a chemical test for the first time, the penalties are often a combination of various fines and fees, license suspension, and community service additionally this violation is a civil offense which is not criminal by its nature. However, the penalties significantly increase for repeat offenders and include imprisonment, hefty fines and fees, and license suspension for longer periods of time.
First Offense Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test
Second Offense Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test
Third Offense Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test
It is important to note that the court will determine whether a relationship is substantive by considering the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and how often the parties interacted.
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