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Fight Drunk Driving Charges: Calvino Law Associates, DUI Attorneys

A DUI charge in Rhode Island or anywhere is no laughing matter. Penalties are stiff. It can mean driving suspension and the annoyance of attending safe driving classes. Driving restrictions placed on offenders can be life-changing. You need your car for work, to drive the kids around to school and activities. When the costs of driving under the influence (DUI) are added up, it is worth fighting the charges, if only to reduce their severity and the draconian penalties that go along with it.

The cost of a drunk driving charge is easily underestimated. People often think about the fine itself. They forget about related costs, the most significant of which is a big hike in insurance premiums. They may also not be aware that time behind bars in severe cases is a possibility.

What Attorneys Do

The most important things a DUI attorney does include:

  • Finding flaws in the evidence against you and using it to win a dismissal, or at the very least, a reduction in charges and penalties
  • Questioning the legality of sobriety checkpoints
  • Challenging field sobriety tests and illegal testing
  • Examining the elements of the DUI charge and attacks the most serious
  • Challenging the basics of a Breathalyzer test

Drunk Driving Defenses

What defense will your lawyer use? Depending on the charges, a good attorney will employ whatever it takes to win.

  • Affirmative defenses—all charges dismissed
  • Attacks the circumstances of the arrest or facts as alleged by police
  • Questions procedures that may have infringed on your rights as the accused
  • Challenges the operational accuracy and condition of the DUI equipment used to support the charge

Charges that procedures by law enforcement violated your rights may be caused for exoneration as they are in any criminal defense.

Cost of a DUI Charge in Rhode Island

In round figures, a lost DUI case costs around $8800, broken down as follows:

  • $5000 Attorney Fees
  • $750 5-day Towing Fee
  • $1000 Bail
  • $1000 in Fines
  • $350 Registration Reinstatement Fee
  • $250 License Reinstatement
  • $100 Ignition Interlock Device
  • $6.50 Updated License

With the aid of a good attorney, you can see how the setting aside of charges eliminates many of the fee requirements; they will always argue, at minimum, for a reduction in penalties.

Penalties in Rhode Island for a First DUI Conviction

The consequences of a conviction for first offense DUI in Rhode Island can be extremely severe. They include a mandatory license suspension, community service, and hefty fines, as well as a possible jail sentence of up to one year. Fighting the charge on your own can be extremely difficult, if not impossible.

The Calvino Law Associates Promise

If you’ve been charged with a DUI, the first thing to do is call an attorney. The legal team at Calvino Law Associates has a stellar win record in DUI cases. It is not advisable to try to fight a DUI alone. More than likely, you will lose and spend the next year or two recouping your losses.

Our experienced legal staff of experts is here for you. Call us at (401) 205-3733 or use our online contact form. We serve Providence, North Kingstown, and the surrounding areas in Rhode Island.

Calvino Law Associates

373 Elmwood Ave.

Providence, RI 02907

(401) 205-3733

Injured on Someone’s Property? Know Your Rights in Rhode Island

Getting injured on someone’s property is not a small matter. If it has to do with their negligence, you have every right to seek compensation. It’s amazing how injuries you dismiss as nothing much can turn into serious problems. Associated medical bills can be significant. If your original injuries are serious from the get-go, they can worsen; we may be talking hundreds, even thousands of dollars in lost wages, not to mention a severe disruption to your current lifestyle. When injuries occur on someone’s property, you are entitled to seek compensation from the owner’s liability insurance company or from the individual foolish enough not to have it.

Basic Conditions for a Premise Liability Claim

  • An injury must have occurred on someone else’s property.
  • The property must have been in an unsafe condition.
  • The property owner knew or should have had reasonable knowledge that the premises were unsafe.
  • The property owner did not take reasonable care to amend the unsafe condition of their property.

Claims for premises liability injuries involve a variety of situations, including:

  • Trip or slip and fall accidents
  • Explosions or fires
  • Swimming pool injuries
  • Pet and animal attacks
  • Claims arising from negligent security
  • Injuries due to broken glass
  • Injuries at amusement parks, farms, residential homes, malls, and theaters
  • Apartment complex negligence

The most frequent accident injuries involving premise liability include:

  • Bone fractures
  • Ligament injuries and burns
  • Neck wounds
  • Electric shock
  • Fall injuries/slip and fall incidents
  • Spinal cord damage

These injuries occur from accidents a lot more serious than simply tripping over a tree stump, but as any liability lawyer will tell you, it’s startling the damage a minor fall can do. If possible, lawyers advise getting medical help immediately; this is crucial to your statement of medical bills, treatment, and the seriousness of your injury. Advise the property owner of the accident; this prevents them from playing dumb in court. Call the police. Their report may be the only official record of the accident with names and numbers of bystanders and witnesses.

The big “no, no” if you plan to sue is never to speak with an insurance company. That’s your liability attorney’s job, whom you or someone close to you will hire as soon as possible.

The Calvino Law Associates Promise

When it comes to providing representation during a strenuous time, our team works hard with and for you. We’ll be by your side with your best interests at heart, working to build a strong case focused on you and your family’s needs. When it comes to settlements, we make every effort to speed things up. We keep you in the information loop every step of the way. You’ll never have to call us to find out what’s happening or how the case is proceeding. Having this knowledge helps us provide the peace of mind you need to focus on what’s important: your recovery.

Call us at (401) 205-3733 or use our online contact form. We serve Providence, North Kingstown, and the surrounding areas in Rhode Island.

Get the legal ball rolling toward getting you the money you deserve, the money to which you are legally entitled. FIGHT BACK. CALL JACK!

Calvino Law Associates

373 Elmwood Ave.

Providence, RI 02907

(401) 205-3733