A first DUI in Rhode Island conviction carries both criminal and administrative penalties; however, as seen in most states, the applicable criminal penalties are often applied at the discretion of the courts. Rhode Island employs a sliding scale for punishments, with higher BAC’s at time of arrest incurring more severe mandatory minimum license suspensions and fines.
A second-offense DWI (driving while intoxicated)—also known as “DUI” (driving under the influence)—conviction in Rhode Island generally results in jail, a fine, and driver’s license suspension. A DWI is considered a second offense in Rhode Island if the driver has one prior DWI conviction within the last five years
A third-offense DWI (driving while intoxicated) conviction in Rhode Island is a felony. A DWI, also known as a “DUI” (driving under the influence), generally results in prison time, fines, and driver’s license suspension. This article discusses the possible outcome and controlling factors of a Rhode Island third-offense DWI.
In Rhode Island, it’s illegal to operate or drive any watercraft while under the influences of drugs or alcohol. The penalties of being convicted of boating under the influence (BUI) primarily depend on: