What happens if I refuse to take a Chemical Test when stopped for DUI in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island, anyone who operates a motor vehicle is deemed to have given his/her IMPLIED CONSENT to take a chemical test if a police officer reasonably believes that person is driving under the influence of an intoxicating liquor. The following administrative as opposed to criminal, penalties will be imposed after a hearing if you refuse to take a chemical test and are a first ­time offender:

A. a minimum fine of $200­;

B. a highway assessment fee of $500;

C. a criminal/juvenile justice information system's fee of $147;

D. 6 Months to 1 Year loss of driver’s license;

E. 10 to 60 hours of community service; and

F. attendance at a special course for those convicted of driving while intoxicated.

In addition, after the suspension period has expired you will have to pay a reinstatement fee and additional assessments prior to license reinstatement. The administrative penalties are mandatory and cannot be suspended or reduced by an Administrative judge. There are further and stricter penalties for subsequent violations for the same offense.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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