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Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, New DUI laws

Starting January 1, 2015, a new DUI and refusal law will be going into effect in the State of Rhode Island.  As I previously blogged on November 6, 2014, this new DUI law will have a large impact on those people charged with DUI or chemical test refusals.  Rhode Island General Law §31-27-2  Driving Under Influence of Liquor or Drugs becomes effective January 1, 2015 and will allow a defendant the ability to have a work license in exchange for having an interlock system installed in their vehicle.  A work license, otherwise known as Cinderella license, hardship license, or restricted license all refer to the new Rhode Island law that allows a drunk driving or refusal offenders to drive for a legitimate purpose such as going to work. The hardship license will be valid only for twelve (12) hours per day to get to and from work and shall be given in conjunction with the installation of an ignition interlock device in the vehicle.

An ignition interlock device is connected to a vehicle’s ignition and requires the driver to blow into  the interlock device prior to starting the vehicle in addition to blowing into the device while the vehicle is operating. This is done in order to prevent a driver from being able to start his or her automobile or continue to drive the automobile if there is a detection of alcohol on his or her breath.

This law is very helpful in many ways.  First and foremost, this law will prevent drunk drivers from being able to start their cars. A second effect is that it will allow drivers who receive a DUI not to have their lives completely destroyed as a result of losing their ability to drive to and from their work.  This law will allow many people to keep their employment after a DUI.

Not everyone will be able to get a hardship license, since the law is new and complicated.  Now more then ever is it important that you hire the right lawyer to represent you in you drunk driving or breathalyzer refusal case.  The experienced DUI lawyer not only can help you win your case, but now can help you in your effort to receive a hardship license. 

Do not take chances with your future! You need to hire a top DUI/drunk driving lawyer now.  Call Attorney Michael J. Zarrella to review your case and help you plan a winning defense.  Attorney Michael Zarrella has been winning DUI/drunk driving cases for 20 years.  For more information please review his websites at www.rhodeislanddefenselawyer.com or  www.ridrunkdrivingattorney.com.


  1. This change is going to make lives of so many people difficult who refuse to blow a reading. My cousin is Los Angeles DUI lawyer and he told me that this law is something like another nail in coffin of person’s independent when it comes to blowing a reading.

  2. Wait, did I read this properly? This law allows people to drive under the influence if they are going to work? That seems a little twisted on a number of levels. Please correct me if I misunderstood that because I think I did.


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  4. Have an honest discussion with your DUI lawyer about the fees in advance. Also make sure that the Lawyer has never been reprimanded, suspended, or dis-barred.

  5. This law is definitely going to take time to catch on, but I think it's a great step. It's always better to prevent DUI accidents than to clean up after they've happened. Stopping people from starting cars when they're drunk is a great step to bring down the number of accidents. | http://patrickmcphersondui.com

  6. One of the ways I found out about the new DUI laws in our county was after being falsely arrested last month. The police officer would not listen to me about having taken prescription medication that made it difficult to do his test. The judge did dismiss my case but I was sitting there listening to the new harsh sentences those guilty had to pay.

    Stephanie Waters @ Chastaine Law

  7. I think this is a valuable law to help keep people that get a DUI stay afloat. If they can't drive, they might lose their ability to work, while at the same time, blowing into the breathalyzer first forces them to stay sober and safe when they are on the road! This would be a useful general feature on vehicles!

    Faith Brady @ KHunterLaw

  8. I am not sure what the DUI laws are in your area, but this year I found out the hard way that they are changing for the worse for dumb drivers. Not only can the judge issue huge fines, they can tow your vehicle and subject you to alcohol abuse meetings. That does not even take into account the fact that more judges are placing drunk drivers in jail this year.

    Modesto Culbertson @ D & Z Law Group