Rhode Island DUI Lawyer

Experienced RI DUI Lawyer

Rhode Island DUI cases are rarely hopeless when working with an experienced Rhode Island DUI lawyer. Police officers bungle roadside investigations on a regular basis. Breathalyzers and blood testing are prone to error. Medical conditions can render high BAC readings falsely most specifically diabetes. Even the Atkins and other low-carb diets have been known to throw off breath testing equipment. Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Susan T. Perkins has the experience and know-how to capitalize on these issues to win cases so that you can get on with your life.

Most people arrested for a Rhode Island DUI charge assume the evidence against them is insurmountable and most of them are wrong. There are several strategies employed by our office that have worked for hundreds of people before you and will continue to work in the future.

If you have been arrested for DUI, Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Susan T. Perkins invites you to participate in a case analysis with her. Your analysis will be free, and is your chance to tell your side of the story. Attorney Perkins wants to start by hearing from you. She wants to hear everything that happened leading up to, during and after the arrest. Small details are key; we know that the arrest was likely stressful, but a small mistake by the police often means a quick verdict in your favor. She will give you her candid opinion as to the likelihood of prevailing in court and at the DMV. Susan will then analyze your DUI case and ask any other questions she may need to assess adequately how well she can represent you as your Rhode Island DUI lawyer.

Types of Cases Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Susan T. Perkins Handles

Susan T. Perkins is a Rhode Island DUI Lawyer with over 18 years of experience representing clients in a number of different DUI cases. She has represented clients in the following types of DUI cases:

  • DUI Felony
  • Boating under the influence
  • Breathalyzer Refusal
  • DUI Criminal Trial Court
  • Suspicion for DUI Stops
  • DUI Death Resulting/Serious Injury
  • Chemical Test Refusals
  • Operating Under the Influence of Drugs

What is an Ignition Interlock Device?

The Ignition Interlock Device, also known as the IID, is a system geared toward reducing the volume of DUI incidents that occurring on an annual basis. The system requires drivers to give a breath sample in the device for alcohol detection. The device analyzes the breath sample to determine if alcohol is present in the testers system. If alcohol is detected the device will prevent the vehicle’s engine from starting.

After an unspecified amount of time the system will allow re-testing. This test can be taken by the original tester or a responsible driver who is present. The Ignition Interlock Devices are easy to install and can be wired directly in the vehicle’s ignition. Some devices also require additional testing while the vehicle is in operation. In the state of Rhode Island, the installation of Ignition Interlock Devices are required upon a third DUI conviction and must remain installed for a minimum of two years.

The sentencing judge shall require alcohol or drug treatment for the individual; provided, however, that the court may permit a servicemember or veteran to complete any court-approved counseling program administered or approved by the Veterans’ Administration, and may prohibit that person from operating a motor vehicle that is not equipped with an ignition interlock system for a period of two (2) years following the completion of the sentence as provided in § 31-27-2.8.

Rhode Island DUI Penalties


If you or someone you know has been charged with a DUI call Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Susan T. Perkins today at 401-737-5467 for a FREE consultation. DUI Attorney Offices in Providence and Newport.