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Top 3 Things You Need to Know About OUI in Rhode Island

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You may know that DWI and DUI are both used as terms for drunk driving charges in the US. However, they are not the only ones – especially if you find yourself in or near Rhode Island.

If you plan to visit Rhode Island with your vehicle and have a couple of drinks as well, then here are three of the things that you should know about OUI - and which will probably make you choose alcohol-free drinks!


What is an OUI?

OUI refers to operating under the influence, and it is widely used in Massachusetts, Maine, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Even if the term is different, it is still very similar to your classic DWI/DUI.

In case you need one, an OUI lawyer will know how to explain to you the differences between this type of offense and your classic DUI, as well as help you understand it correctly!

This is because, naturally, an OUI, which is characteristic to Rhode Island, also comes with unique things that you should know about – especially if you plan on driving in this state.

Therefore, here are three things that you should consider when it comes to being charged with an OUI in Rhode Island.


Drunk Driving Conviction

If you are convicted of drunk driving – OUI – in Rhode Island, the state’s Registry of Motor Vehicles will have your license suspended for three months. 

This is the minimum DUI-imposed license suspension in the state of Rhode Island.


Refusing a Breath Test

In case you refuse a breath test, then Rhode Island will have to suspend your license for roughly six months, including six for the refusal itself.

Even though the state can run the suspension on a conviction, they will most likely run the suspensions concurrently. 


The First Offense

Lastly, the usual first DUI/ OUI offense results in a 45-day license suspension. If you live in another state and have a Rhode Island license, your license will first be suspended in the state you are currently in.

However, you may also receive a Rhode Island suspension notice, because most states send their suspension notice to the Rhode Island Registry of Motor Vehicles. 

Moreover, there is no hardship or work license in Rhode Island!


The Bottom Line

Given all the things that can happen with a license suspension issued in another state when your license is based in Rhode Island, it is highly recommended that you hire an OUI lawyer who can understand the law and explain it to you adequately.

For example, if your license is suspended in Connecticut and you work in this state as well, then you may wish to report the suspension to Rhode Island as well so that the suspensions run together.

On the other hand, if you don’t have to drive in Connecticut, then you may want to put your report on hold so that you can drive to Rhode Island while the OUI case is pending. 

Just to be sure, it is better to seek the counsel of a professional lawyer. They can help you understand your options and pick the best one for your needs!


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