New proposed Rhode Island’s drunk driving law.

Posted by Michael Zarrella | Jan 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

     The Rhode Island General Assembly has recently introduced legislation on behalf of the Attorney General to toughen Rhode Island's drunk driving laws.  The new legislation, if enacted, would give Rhode Island the distinction of having some of the toughest penalties in the nation for driving ...

United States Supreme Court to review if a refusal to take a breath or blood test can constitutes a crime under the constitution.

Posted by Michael Zarrella | Dec 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Questioning the Constitutionality of Treating a DUI Refusal as a Crime I often wonder how it could be considered a crime to refuse to take a breath test.  Under Rhode Island law, if a person refuses a breath or blood test twice in a matter of 5 years it is considered a crime.  This legislation s...


Posted by Michael Zarrella | Nov 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Attorney Michael Zarrella is pleased to announce the most recent update for his DUI website is now available for viewing.  The update includes the most recent DUI news and laws.  The Rhode Island DUI laws have changed dramatically over the past few years. The new update includes, but is not limit...

Winning a DUI case even with a failed breathtest

Posted by Michael Zarrella | Apr 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

    Most people think that if you failed a breath test you can never beat a DUI charge.  This is simply not true.  Numerous defenses in DUI cases have always been there, but now more than ever,  a failed breath test may not lead to a DUI conviction.  The new law on DUI and refusals allowed the ju...

Rhode Island Domestic Violence Update

Posted by Michael Zarrella | Mar 05, 2015 | 0 Comments

     The Rhode Island General Assembly and the law enforcement community in Rhode Island is consistently working to increase the penalties for domestic violence convictions.  They have also worked to revise classifications of certain crimes from misdemeanors to felonies.  As a result, on individu...

Update on new Rhode Island DUI law.

Posted by Michael Zarrella | Jan 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

NEW RHODE ISLAND DUI LAW UPDATE  On January 1, 2015, Rhode Island General Law §31-27-2  Driving Under Influence of Liquor or Drugs came into effect.  Since the date the law came into effect, it has become clear that there is much confusion with respect to what the new Rhode Island DUI and refus...

New Year, New DUI laws

Posted by Michael Zarrella | Jan 01, 2015 | 0 Comments

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  Drivi...

United States Supreme Court Cases Have Significant Impact on Criminal Cases Involving the Search and Seizure of Cell Phones, IPADs and Other Tablets

Posted by Michael Zarrella | Aug 07, 2014 | 0 Comments

    It has long been held by the United States Supreme Court that the property on a person at the time of arrest may be searched by law enforcement in order to ensure the safety of the public and law enforcement by allowing for both the search for weapons and the securing of weapons in addition t...

New Gang Law Punishes Based On Affiliation Not Actions

Posted by Michael Zarrella | Jul 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Rhode Island General Assembly recently enacted RIGL 12-19-39.  This legislation can be categorized as "feel good" criminal legislation dealing with gangs.  The new law adds a consecutive ten (10) year sentence to any crime if it is considered gang related.  Clearly, the punishment is based s...

Rhode Island DUI Law Harsher But Fairer

Posted by Michael Zarrella | Jul 08, 2014 | 0 Comments

This session, the Rhode Island General Assembly passed and the Governor signed into law new amendments to the already strict Rhode Island DUI law.  Effective January 1, 2015, convicted DUI offenders with a BAC at 0.15 or above, repeat DUI offenders and DUI offenders who have repeatedly refused BA...

Rhode Island Synthetic Drug Criminal Law Update

Posted by Michael Zarrella | Jul 01, 2014 | 0 Comments

The State of Rhode Island has enacted a new law which provides for strict penalties for the criminal charge of possession of certain quantities of a class of substances known as synthetic drugs.  This law greatly expands the 2013 law which had placed synthetic drugs (both synthetic cannabinoids a...

Criminal Defense Law Tip of the Day

Posted by Michael Zarrella | Jun 28, 2014 | 0 Comments

I am now starting a new trend on my blog as well as on my Google Plus Page. I am now offering the Criminal Defense Tip of the Day.  These tips are intended to help people that may need help in the criminal defense field.  I would like any feed back you may have regarding this. Today's Criminal...

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