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Driving while intoxicated or while under the influence of alcohol or other chemical substances can get many otherwise law-abiding citizens in trouble. You may be feeling worried about your case and anxious about how it may affect your life, but keep in mind there are ways to defend against these types of charges. Field sobriety tests and chemical tests (urine, blood, and breath tests) are not always reliable. The police and other officials handling your case and these types of tests often make mistakes. We take the time to thoroughly investigate and build a strong, viable defense using technical and scientific reasons alongside sound legal arguments. 


  • Named one of  "Top Criminal Attorneys" in Rhode Island Leaders Rhode Island Monthly

  • He is available to help you 24/7

  • He has a strong record of obtaining a DUI dismissal or a reduction to a lesser charge

  • He offers a free consultation

  • He has been been featured on Fox News, Justice with Judge Jeanine


DUI Lawyer Michael Zarrella Will Help You Avoid the Harsh Rhode Island DUI Penalties

If you've been arrested for drunk driving and/or refusal in Rhode Island, don't hesitate to secure legal top DUI representation. You need an aggressive DUI defense lawyer on your side. The penalties in Rhode Island are severe you could be facing penalties such as:

  • Loss of License

  • DUI school or alcohol counseling

  • Probation

  • Fines and assessments

  • Community services

  • Ignition interlock device installation

  • Jail prison time in subsequent offenses

  • Criminal record/ it may be permanent if you have more then one conviction in 5 years

In Rhode Island, subsequent convictions will result in larger penalties, including incarceration, alcohol counseling, a long period of license suspensions  and even larger fines.If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you don't have time to wait. Call Attorney Michael Zarrella to help you get your DUI dismissed..

Don't lose your ability to drive to work, not even for a day.

After an arrest, don't assume you will not be able to drive. If you act quickly there are legal ways to make sure you don't lose your ability to drive back and forth to work even for a day. 

Under Rhode Island law, motorists can apply for a conditional hardship license. Whether it is a DUI for a refusal, the hardship allows a motorist to drive even when his or her license is under suspension. The motorist will be allowed to drive to work, doctor's appointments, school, and any other appointments that are court-approved..

A conditional hardship license does require a motorist to have an ignition interlock device installed in any alcohol related DUIs and refusals. A conditional hardship license is still available under Rhode Island law, even if your offense was related to drugs. In a drug case DUI, the ignition interlock device is similar to a breathalyzer and will not be able to detect drug use. Therefore unlike an alcohol case where the vehicle will not start, there is no mechanism to prevent the car from starting. In drug cases for a first offense, if the judge or magistrate has made a determination that the motorist was under the influence of drugs, but not alcohol, the judge or magistrate shall, immediately grant a conditional hardship license after a finding of need. However, this will be pursuant to proof of a negative blood and urine screens submitted by the motorist . The motorist will not need to have an ignition interlock installed, however will have to submit negative drug screens to the court. Hardship licenses are only available for certain offenses. Not every motorist charged with a DUI or Refusal to submit to a chemical test automatically gets a hardship. If a motorist is arrested for a first offense and there is no accident, then the judges must order a hardship after a finding of need. If there is an accident or the defendant has prior alcohol charges, the judge has the discretion to not issue a hardship license. 

Rhode Island's DUI Lawyer Michael. Zarrella is well versed in the requirements necessary for a Rhode Island conditional hardship license and has a great success rate of getting hardships for clients that may not have automatic qualification.

Contact Michael J. Zarrella, Esq. in Rhode Island Today

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Rhode Island DUI Defense Lawyer

Michael Zarrella is one of Rhode Island's top DUI attorneys. If you have been charged with a DUI or any criminal matter, contact him today.