The legal drinking age in Rhode Island is twenty-one (21) years old. However, the legal driving age is sixteen (16) years old. Rhode Island law allows for the punishment of drunk driving at any age. Drivers who are under twenty one (21) years old face harsh penalties and are subject to an extremely low BAC limit.
Pursuant to Rhode Island General Laws 31-27-2.7, driving while impaired applies to drivers over the age of eighteen (18) and under the age of twenty-one (21). For those drivers, the legal BAC limit is .02 rather than the limit of .08 for drivers who are legally allowed to drink. The penalties for driving while impaired include:
For drivers under the age of eighteen (18) charged with drunk driving, their case will be before the Family Court.
With over twenty-five (25) years of legal experience fighting DUI charges, Attorney Humphrey and his dedicated legal team know how to defend your rights against all types of DUI charges. Attorney Robert H. Humphrey has gained a reputation throughout Rhode Island for his effective work in fighting DUI charges on the behalf of youthful drivers. Mr. Humphrey has also been recognized as the DUI Defense Lawyers Association's State Ambassador for Rhode Island.
To fight your DUI charges, contact a Rhode Island DUI attorney today!