In Rhode Island, refusing a breathalyzer for the first time is a civil penalty which is handled through the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal (RITT)


Usually, when a person is charged with Refusal to Submit to a Breathalyzer test it is accompanied by a charge of Driving Under the Influence (DUI).


It should be noted that Driving Under the Influence is not a civil offense in Rhode Island, but instead is a criminal offense which is handled by the criminal courts in the state of Rhode Island.  Likewise, if you have previously been charged with Refusal to Submit to a Breathalyzer, a second offense would be a criminal offense, and handled in the criminal courts of Rhode Island.


The penalties for both Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test and RI DUI are numerous and can be serious. Protect your rights and know your options. Call or email us today for a FREE Consultation. 401-388-0412.

Once you retain our office, we will fight for you to obtain the best possible outcome. We look forward to advocating for you.

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