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Rhode Island Drunk Driving Case Law

Please find, below, selected case laws decided by Supreme Court of Rhode Island or Court of Appeals of Rhode Island where the terms dui, dwi, drunk driving, or driving under the influence has been mentioned. These cases are not necessarily criminal cases and may include cases where the facts or court decision merely mentions drunk driving related legal terms. You are not to rely on these cases as legal advice nor should you rely on them for accuracy. Please see Terms of Service.

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Martin v. Marciano - 4/27/2005
The plaintiff,Brian Martin (plaintiff), was attacked with a baseball bat while attending a high school graduation party that the defendant-parent, Lee Martin (defendant), hosted in honor of her daughter, Jen Martin (Jen). The...

State v. Badessa - 3/1/2005
"A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged, it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used." -- Mr. Justice Holmes Who is a...

State - 2/25/2005
This case comes before us on cross-appeals filed by the plaintiff, State of Rhode Island, Department of Corrections (state or DOC), and the defendant, Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers (RIBCO), from a Superior Court...

State v. Dearmas - 2/13/2004
We review here a Superior Court order granting the state's motion to seize a blood sample from the petitioner, Jose Dearmas, as well as a search warrant issued by that same court to the same effect. The petitioner is a defendant in a...

State v. Ortiz - 6/10/2003
A truck driver making an early morning delivery was the first to spot the body. Badly beaten, bruised, and bloodied, it lay in a lifeless heap by the loading-dock area of the Pawtucket Family Market Place. After considering the evidence...

State v. Werner - 6/5/2003
This case comes before us on appeal by Keith Werner (defendant or Werner) from a judgment of conviction entered in the Superior Court on a criminal information, which charged the defendant with six felony counts. Count 1 charged the...

Freitas v. Mello - 5/12/2003
The plaintiff, Christopher J. Freitas, appeals from a summary judgment entered in the Superior Court in favor of the defendants, the Town of Tiverton, Tiverton's Treasurer Nancy L. Mello, and two Tiverton police officers, Richard Medeiros...

State v. Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers - 4/15/2003
This case came before the Supreme Court on March 4, 2003, pursuant to an order directing the parties to appear and show cause why the issues raised in this appeal should not be summarily decided. After hearing the arguments of...

State ex rel Town of Portsmouth v. Hagan - 4/1/2003
This case is before the Supreme Court on a petition for a writ of certiorari by the petitioner, the State of Rhode Island ex rel. Town of Portsmouth (state or petitioner), seeking review of a District Court order in favor of the...

State v. Ceraso - 12/27/2002
This case came before the Court for oral argument on December 9, 2002, pursuant to an order that had directed both parties to appear in order to show cause why the issues raised in this appeal should not summarily be decided. After...

State v. Cluley - 11/12/2002
The law may be a blunt instrument, but it is not an exact science. This driving-under-the-influence (DUI) case illustrates that point, and, at the same time, provides an object lesson on why the law does not concern itself with trifles...

State v. Otero - 1/24/2002
The defendant, Efrain Otero, has appealed a judgment of conviction of first-degree murder and carrying a pistol without a license in the shooting death of Teodoro Lara, claiming that the evidence presented at trial was not legally...

State ex rel Town of Middletown v. Kinder - 4/23/2001
In this petition for certiorari, the Town of Middletown (the town) seeks review of the dismissal in the District Court of a two-count criminal complaint returned against the defendant, Alden C. Kinder (the defendant). That criminal...

State v. Veltri - 1/11/2001
After convicting a defendant of driving while intoxicated, should a Superior Court trial justice have granted the defendant's motion for a new trial, overturned his conviction, and then dismissed the charges against him on the grounds...

State v. DiStefano - 12/20/2000
This case came before the Court pursuant to three questions certified from the Superior Court in accordance with G.L. 1956 § 9-24-27. The Superior Court asks us to consider for the first time whether G.L. 1956 § 31-27-2(c) should be...

State v. Znosko - 8/2/2000
This case came before the Court in Washington County on May 3, 2000, on the appeal of the defendant, Andrew Znosko (defendant), from a Superior Court adjudication finding that he had violated the terms and conditions of a previously...

Sullivan v. Sullivan - 3/17/2000
ORDER This case came before us for oral argument March 7, 2000, pursuant to an order that had directed both parties to appear in order to show cause why the issues raised by this appeal should not be summarily decided. After...

Guido v. State - 2/18/2000
The defendant, Salvatore Guido (applicant), appeals from the denial of his application for post-conviction relief, following a conviction of driving under the influence with serious bodily injury resulting in violation of G.L. 1956 §...

State ex rel. Town of South Kingstown v. Reilly - 2/2/2000
This case came before the Supreme Court on December 14, 1999, pursuant to an order that granted a petition for certiorari filed by the Town of South Kingstown (town) seeking review of an order of the District Court and directed the...

State v. Presler - 6/11/1999
PER CURIAM. This case came before the Court for oral argument on March 3, 1999, pursuant to an order entered on November 16, 1998, directing the parties to appear and show cause why the issues raised in the defendant's appeal...

State v. Carcieri. - 5/18/1999
The case comes before us pursuant to a certified question relative to the interpretation of G.L. 1956 § 12-7-20, which provides that an arrestee must be afforded an opportunity to make a confidential telephone call as soon as...

Commercial Union Insurance Co. v. Pelchat - 3/24/1999
This case requires us to determine who, if anyone, is entitled to recover benefits in a wrongful death action in which a husband was the proximate cause of his new wife's death. The wrongful death act provides that a decedent's next...

State v. Lombardi. - 3/22/1999
This case came before the Court on February 9, 1999, pursuant to an order directing the parties to appear and show cause why the issues raised in the defendant's appeal from a judgment of conviction for possession of a controlled...

State v. Anthony. - 5/28/1998
Appeal from County: SOURCE OF APPEAL: District Second Division (96-3376) Dissenting Opinion begins on page 12 This case came before the Supreme Court on the petition for certiorari of the State of Rhode Island...

State v. Bruno. - 4/9/1998
This case came before this Court on March 9, 1998, pursuant to an order directing both parties to show cause why the issues raised by this petition for certiorari should not be summarily decided. The petitioner, the State of Rhode...

State v. McKenna - 4/3/1998
This case came before the Supreme Court on March 2, 1998, pursuant to an order directing both parties to appear and show cause why the issues presented by this appeal should not be summarily decided. After hearing the arguments of...

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