DUI Statute

In the state of Rhode Island, a driving under the influence offense is:

Rhode Island General Laws,  Chapter 31-27-2

Typical Sentencing for First Offense

Jail Up to 1 year
Fines $250-300
License Revocation 1 year
Interlock Ignition Device (IID) Possible
Probation 1 year

Alternative Resolutions

These can reduce your sentence and in some cases lead to no conviction which are called conditional discharge. Admissibility remains unavailable until completion and in the interim of these alternative programs.

Availability for DUI Yes

Background checks

Pleading Down

Pleading guilty to some offenses is not equivalent to a crime in Canada, therefore it does not result in inadmissibility. Your lawyer could argue for a traffic violation or highway obstruction to contest a DUI/DWI which do not result in inadmissibility to Canada. Not all plea bargains will ensure admissibility.

Availability for DUI Yes
Possible plea(s) Reckless Driving

Expungement & Pardons

This allows your criminal record to be cleared. DUI convictions are eligible for expungements after the completion of the sentence, provided that there are no other charges pending against the offender.

Availability for DUI Yes
General info
  • Expungement for nonviolent first offenders 5–10 years after completion of sentence
  • Sealing following deferred adjudication and successful completion of five-year probationary period
  • Automatic sealing of juvenile records with limited exceptions
  • Sealing of records of acquittals or other exonerations, if no prior conviction

Application Links

If inadmissibility to Canada cannot be avoided, these are the remedies offered:

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