If you are accused of drunk driving in Rhode Island, we can help you. You need to protect yourself and obtain experienced legal representation. Rhode Island DUI Attorney Frank Flanagan provides aggressive and effective representation for individuals facing DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and related Rhode Island drunk driving offenses including, but not limited to, breathalyzer refusal.
Newport Rhode Island DUI Attorney
Attorney Frank Flanagan has extensive experience defending clients throughout Rhode Island facing federal and state criminal charges such as Rhode Island DUI. With 30 years of experience, Attorney Flanagan will apply his legal skills to provide you with an aggressive defense strategy that is well-balanced and effective. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation in Newport, Rhode Island.
We help those charged with Rhode Island DUI offenses throughout Rhode Island: Newport County (Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, and Jamestown), Providence County, Washington County and Kent County.
Questioning the Validity of Your Traffic Stop in Rhode Island
A DUI arrest does not automatically equate to a conviction. At The Flanagan Law Offices, LLC, we offer an aggressive defense strategy focused on protecting your constitutional rights. You deserve a confident defense. Early intervention by a skilled Rhode Island DUI and Rhode Island breathalyzer refusal attorney is critical to your case and improves your chance at success. Rhode Island DUI lawyer Frank Flanagan will challenge the prosecution’s evidence to determine if the arresting police officer had a valid reason to make a traffic stop, such as:
- Speeding or reckless driving
- Driving unusually slow
- Swerving between lanes
- Driving unnecessarily close to the car ahead of yours
Challenging Your Rhode Island Breathalyzer Test Results
As a former prosecutor, Attorney Flanagan understands the required elements of Rhode Island breathalyzer refusal cases. What you need to be aware of in Rhode Island breathalyzer refusal cases is If you refuse the Rhode Island breathalyzer test, your license and privilege to drive in Rhode Island is automatically suspended at your arraignment. This will happen prior to any hearing or disposition in your case. Likewise, the prosecution in Rhode Island DUI cases only needs to prove they had probable cause to arrest you or reasonable suspicion to believe you were operating a motor vehicle under the influence. The prosecution must confirm you were properly read your rights and did, in fact, refuse the test. Please note that, even if you do refuse the breathalyzer, you will likely be charged based upon the arresting officer’s observations.
Where the contest ensues is that breathalyzers are not perfect! The machines are susceptible to mechanical and human errors known to affect calibration rates. At The Flanagan Law Offices, LLC, we have access to industry-leading experts who can determine if a breathalyzer was properly administered or maintained. If any mechanical or human errors caused the machine to inaccurately measure your blood alcohol content (BAC) at the time of your arrest, we will aggressively pursue a dismissal of your case. Every case is fact specific. We will conduct a thorough investigation to develop an aggressive defense strategy to protect your rights throughout the State of Rhode Island.
Contact Our Experienced DUI/DWI Defense Attorney
We review the circumstances behind your traffic stop to determine if law enforcement followed proper procedures. If the arresting police officer failed to read your Miranda rights or pulled you over for no valid reason, we will fight for a dismissal. Attorney Flanagan is also prepared to question the validity of your field sobriety test known to measure motorists’ physical and mental capabilities instead of their blood alcohol content (BAC). Our law firm will not hesitate to pursue a dismissal or a reduction in charges based on any procedural errors or violations of your constitutional rights.
If you have been accused of drinking and driving and are charged with a DUI in Rhode Island, we offer an aggressive criminal defense strategy backed by decades of experience. Call 401-849-3337 or simply contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.