2017 DUI Practice Manual

The 2017 DUI Practice Manual entitled “2017 DUI Laws & Hardship Licenses” is now available through the Rhode Island Bar Association. Attorney Robert H. Humphrey, the author of the 2017 DUI Practice Manual, presented a continuing legal education (CLE) on the topic of DUI cases on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, before a packed audience of Rhode Island criminal defense attorneys.

The CLE focused on the significant changes to the prosecution and defense of DUI cases based on the introduction of the Intoxilyzer 9000 breath testing machine, the use of drug recognition experts and the potential for individuals in drunk driving and refusal cases to obtain a conditional hardship license after the installation of an ignition interlock device. The speakers included Albert Giusti from the Rhode Island Department of Health, Attorney Lauren Iannelli from the Department of Attorney General, Attorney Kimberly Petta from the Law Offices of Robert H. Humphrey, and Sgt. Joseph Tougas, a drug recognition expert.

Other DUI related topics discussed at the CLE included the proper administration of the standardized field sobriety tests, the ability to compel blood samples in DUI cases and the strategies for both the prosecution and defense at trial.

All attendees of the CLE received the 2017 DUI Practice Manual which is widely used by law practitioners in courtrooms throughout the State of Rhode Island. This CLE is a follow-up to Attorney Humphrey’s article entitled “Rhode Island DUI Conditional Hardship Licenses: The Sequel,” which was published in the January/February 2017 edition of the Rhode Island Bar Journal. For more information, please contact Attorney Robert H. Humphrey at (401) 816-5862 or

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