An experienced drunk driving law attorney who knows the DUI laws in Rhode Island can often challenge the stop and subsequent arrest in a DUI case. At the Law Offices of Richard S. Humphrey, our firm has almost 30 years of experience handling cases that involve DUI/DWI arrests.
Sobriety checkpoints consisting of roadblocks where officers stop motorists to observe check for intoxicated drivers are deemed unconstitutional and are illegal in Rhode Island.
The prosecution must show that the police officer had probable cause to stop you. Reasons such as you were out driving late at night, the officer observed your car pulling away from a bar, an anonymous tip, or the officer wanted to check your driver’s license and insurance coverage do not constitute probable cause. A Rhode Island DUI lawyer can easily defend against reasons such as these.
Probable cause must show suspicion that you committed a crime. A lawful basis for stopping a car under suspicion of DUI or for other violations would involve reasons, such as:
A Tiverton DUI lawyer can challenge an illegal stop by entering a motion to suppress evidence based on the illegal measures used by authorities. When the court grants a motion to suppress, subsequent actions are inadmissible. In a DUI case, chemical tests, recorded statements, and other evidence gathered subsequent to the illegal stop become inadmissible, often resulting in case dismissal.
Other illegal actions that may give rise to a motion to suppress include:
A considerable amount of investigation and evidence review go into preparing an effective DUI or DWI defense. However, the prosecution bears the burden of proving its case and a skilled and experienced attorney has many options for effective defense strategy.
Call 401-624-6152 for to discuss your case with a Rhode Island DWI attorney.