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Charged with DUI in Massachusetts and have a Rhode Island License

If you were charged with drunk driving in Massachusetts and have a Rhode Island license, you will face the following license consequences if you were convicted of DUI in Massachusetts.

  • If you were convicted of drunk driving in Massachusetts, the Rhode Island Registry of Motor Vehicles would suspend your license for a period of three months, which is the minimum license suspension of DUI imposed in Rhode Island.

  • A typical first offense Massachusetts DUI license suspension is 45 days. If you are convicted of DUI in Massachusetts, a Rhode Island suspension will be triggered once the Massachusetts Registry sends notice to the Rhode Island Registry of Motor Vehicles. It is once that notice is received, that you may receive notice of a Rhode Island suspension.

  • Unlike Massachusetts, Rhode Island has no work or hardship license.

Consequences of the breathalyzer refusal suspension : Rhode Island may also suspend your license for refusing the breathalyzer test. If Rhode Island finds out about your suspension for refusing the breathalyzer test, you would face an additional six month license suspension. Accordingly, when you have a Rhode Island license, it is important to challenge any refusal suspension. You can also avoid a breathalyzer refusal suspension in Massachusetts if you obtain a not-guilty verdict on the underlying charge. In that case, there is a presumption that a judge will reinstate your license for breathalyzer refusal when you obtain a not-guilty verdict on the DUI charge.

If you have any questions about how your Rhode Island license will be affected when you are charged with drunk driving in Massachusetts, you can call Attorney Delsignore at 781-686-5924. Attorney Delsignore is an attorney licensed to practice in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts and has handled numerous drunk driving cases in both states and will gladly explain the license consequence in process to you.