Impaired driving or driving under the influence of alcohol continues to be a serious problem in Rhode Island and across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control, every day 28 people die in car crashes involving a drunk driver. CDC offers information on drunk driving and how it can be prevented. One key to prevention is educating drivers on just what being drunk does to their ability to drive.
A first offense for driving under the influence in Rhode Island comes with varying penalties depending on the facts of your case. If you are facing charges for the first time, you probably have a lot of questions. You are likely wondering whether you will face jail time or how expensive your fines will be.
Memorial Day is just days away, and while the holiday is intended to serve as a day to remember the brave men and women who die in active military service, it also means other things. Specifically, it means a long weekend and the unofficial start to summer.
Most of us have an idea in our head of when we hear about drunk drivers. For most of us, that idea does not include people overdosing on opioids while they are behind the wheel. But, with the current epidemic of opioid abuse, this is a reality that police are facing.
A common penalty that people face after a DUI is having their driver's license suspended. This can have a greater impact on your life than you may have realized before the conviction. You may find yourself struggling to get to work, take your children to school, grocery shop and more. However, you may be allowed to drive under certain circumstances with a hardship license.
A lot of people enjoy going out with their friends to have a few drinks. Choosing to get behind the wheel after drinking, though, can mean trouble. Not only is it dangerous to you and everyone else on the road, but you could also face harsh, long-lasting penalties if you are charged with a DUI.