Warwick 1st Offense DUI Dismissed
Man arrested by Rhode Island State Police and charged in the Kent County Rhode Island District Court (3rd Division) for:
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in violation of RIGL § 31-27-2
- Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, in violation of RIGL § 31-27-2.1
Rhode Island State Police responded to reports of a motor vehicle traveling the wrong way on the highway. Upon locating the vehicle traveling in the wrong direction at a high rate of speed, troopers blocked it from traveling any further and conducted a stop. Troopers approached the vehicle and asked the operator to both turn off his vehicle and step out from inside. The trooper immediately detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage emanating from both inside the car and the man’s breath. Troopers also observed the man to be very unsteady on his feet, his eyes to be bloodshot, watery, and glossy, and his speech to be slurred. When asked about his activities that evening, the man admitted to consuming beverages while at a nightclub. He then voluntarily performed Standardized Field Sobriety Tests, which he failed. In response, troopers arrested the man and transported him back to the police station where he declined to participate in a chemical breath test. The police then charged him in District Court with the criminal misdemeanor offenses of Driving Under the Influence and Reckless Driving, and in Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal with the civil offense of Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Breath Test along with multiple traffic infractions. He retained RI DUI Lawyer, John L. Calcagni III, to defend him in these matters.
Case Result: Dismissed.
After appearing on the man’s behalf for multiple pretrial conferences, Attorney Calcagni and his team persuaded prosecutors to dismiss the client’s criminal DUI and Reckless Driving charges in exchange for his acceptance of responsibility to the civil offenses charged in the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal. The man’s criminal DUI and Reckless charges were then sealed, leaving him with a clean criminal history.