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Rhode Island DUI Defense

Rhode Island DUI Defense Attorney Joshua Macktaz

Defending your Rhode Island DUI Accusation – DUI Defense

As a former Special Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Macktaz intimately understands the elements of a Rhode Island DUI Defense. They are the following:

  • The State Must Prove Beyond a Reasonable Doubt
  • The Defendant operated a motor vehicle
  • The event happened in the State of Rhode Island
  • Under the influence of an intoxicating liquor

Understanding these provides the opportunity to defend this using one or many of these types of defenses.

  • The Police cannot stop a driver unless he has reasonable suspicion to believe a crime has been, or is about to be, committed. The police may state an individual for any traffic violation.
  • Roadblocks have been held unconstitutional in Rhode Island.
  • A car cannot be stopped based on an anonymous tip or 911 call.

 

Challenging the Field Sobriety Tests

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is the Government agency that regulates standardized field sobriety testing. According to NHTSA, when performed and tested healthy individuals the following results were found:

  • The one-leg stand test is only 65% accurate for BAC above .10%
  • The walk-and-turn test is only 68% accurate for BAC above .10%
  • Nystagmus test was only 77% accurate for BAC above .10%

 

According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration’s own training manual, improperly administered field sobriety tests do not produce reliable evidence of intoxication. NHTSA does not endorse non-standardized field sobriety tests such as; reciting the alphabet, counting backwards or picking up an object. This means there is no scientific foundation for the officer to justify giving you this test or that your performance can translate into intoxication.

Challenging the Admissibility of the Breath Test Results

  • The police must have probable cause to request you submit to a chemical test for purposes of a criminal charge.
  • The police must advise you of your right to have an independent chemical test performed by a physician or hospital of your choosing and afforded a reasonable chance to exercise this right.
  • The police must observe you for at least 15 minutes prior to you taking the breath test. *See article on “Mouth Alcohol” in the article section of this site.
  • A true copy of the breath test results must be mailed to you within 72 hours of the test.
  • The breath test machine must be in full compliance with the regulations set out by the Department of Health.
  • The breath test operator must be certified within 365 days of the test.
  • Two complete samples must be given within a 30 minute period.
  • The two samples must be within a .05% agreement of each other.

 

Using Booking Room and/or Patrol Car Videos

Many police stations have video surveillance to record all suspects during processing. Additionally, more and more patrol cars are equipped with mounted video equipment which records everything from the stop of the car to the field sobriety testing at roadside. Gaining access to these videos may provide exculpatory evidence showing the favorable performance and balance of the suspect. The video will also capture the officer’s administration of the test which, if given improperly, would provide a basis to challenge the officer’s credibility.

Independent Witnesses

It is not just the prosecution who is allowed to call witnesses at trial. If you were in direct contact with one or more people shortly prior to your arrest, you may call them to testify to your lack of intoxication. It may be your passenger, the waitress at the restraint you ate, the bartender where you just left or even the family who picked you up from jail. Any lay witness, meaning they do not have to be an expert, can testify to their opinion regarding your sobriety.

Miranda Warnings not Given

Any interrogation that takes place while in police custody must have been preceded by a Miranda warning. If not given, any statements made as a result of questioning would be excluded from trial. This is particularly important when incriminating statements were made by you after your arrest.

Failure to Conduct Observational Period

Rhode Island law requires the police to observe a suspect for at least 15 minutes prior to administering a breath test. This is because any mouth alcohol, which could be the result of recent alcohol consumption, hiccuping, burping or vomiting, would cause a false elevated reading.

Expert Witnesses

The defendant has an absolute right to present expert witnesses in his own defense. DWI law is extremely complex and it may be necessary to call an expert to testify to such issues as; toxicology, chemistry, biology, breath testing instrumentation and/or functioning.

Medical and Health Problems

Pre-existing medical conditions related to your brain, legs, neck, back and vision can eliminate the validity of field sobriety testing results. Acid reflux, diabetes, certain prescription medicines can have a dramatic effect on your breath alcohol testing results.

Bad Weather

Weather reports establishing high winds, low visibility, and other conditions are available to explain poor driving or poor balance.

Retrograde Extrapolation

When you consume alcohol, it takes time for it to absorb into your system. Essentially, you could have a number of beers or alcohol and not feel the effects to sometime later after you stop drinking. When a breath test is given you at the police station, it could very well be up to an hour after you were last driving. The breath test will give a result for what your BAC at the time of the test, but what about your BAC an hour prior, when you were actually driving? Retrograde extrapolation is the formula for determining BAC at a prior time. This may very well lead to your BAC being below the legal limit at the time you were actually driving, even though it was above the limit at the time of the test.

Interfering Substances

The breath testing machine works by measuring the amount of alcohol in your breath. If you have been exposed to certain fumes, substances and/or particles, a false reading could very well take place. A common example of this is a painter who is exposed to, and has been inhaling, certain paint fumes throughout the day. Other substances such as cough drops, Listerine, or ethanol based products could have an impact as well.

Operating on Private Property

The operation is an essential element to Driving under the Influence. Where you actually operating the car or just sitting in or near it? Was your car on a public or private road? Was your car being operated on a Rhode Island road or a road that is owned by the Federal Government? A thorough investigation of where you were actually observed operating your car is required for a successful defense.

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Joshua Macktaz provides aggressive and effective representation to individuals facing DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and related Rhode Island drunk driving offenses such as breathalyzer refusal. A former Rhode Island Special Assistant Attorney General from 1993-1997 Attorney Macktaz has extensive experience with DUI as a prosecutor and has used that knowledge to successfully defend hundreds of private clients accused of drunk driving offenses.

Before becoming a private Rhode Island Drunk Driving Defense Lawyer, Attorney Macktaz lectured in-coming police academy cadets as aSpecial Assistant Attorney General Prosecutor on proper drunk driving investigations and prosecutions. This unique experience has afforded Mr. Macktaz a wealth of knowledge not readily available to the average criminal defense attorney. Early intervention by a qualified and experienced Rhode Island DUI Attorney is critical to success in your case.

You need a Rhode Island Drunk Driving Attorney who is knowledgeable about Rhode Island criminal laws on matters of drunk driving (also known as DUI, DWI, driving under the influence, drunk driving, and driving while intoxicated). Aggressively protecting client’s rights and freedoms in criminal and DUI cases is what Rhode Island Defense Attorney S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq. does for a living, every day in courts across Rhode Island. He is available at any time at (401) 861-1155 to discuss your case. Rhode Island Rhode Island Drunk Driving Lawyer S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq.,  serves all towns in Rhode Island, you never need to worry about him not practicing in your town.

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10:06 07 May 19
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17:00 05 May 19
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02:27 25 Feb 19
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13:12 15 Jan 19
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23:10 13 Jan 19
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14:08 22 Dec 18
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Susan DeFedele
Susan DeFedele
06:41 14 Dec 18
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Cheryl DeFeo
00:24 14 Dec 18
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04:46 06 Oct 18
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19:38 14 Sep 18
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19:59 12 Sep 18
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04:31 14 Aug 18
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23:23 11 Aug 18
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Uodam Sann
Uodam Sann
15:08 10 Aug 18
I will start off by saying I knew nothing about the criminal or traffic court system until March 2018. I made a choice to have one too many and was arrested (DUI). Dealing with the embarrassment of an arrest and fear of losing my job, I "google searched for a DUI lawyer" and Josh Macktaz name appeared. Although apprehensive about using a a Google Review to determine my future, I made the call. This is my experience... 1) Mr. Macktaz made time to meet me the day I outreached him. (free consultation)2) During our initial meeting Macktaz outlined in detail what I had ahead of me; including court dates and car insurance details.3) Mr. Macktaz was at every court appearance and explained what was going to happen in court and the potential outcome.4) He was confident in what the outcome would be... and he was right!In closing... would I retain Mr. Macktaz if I ever needed criminal representation again? Yes, he would be my first phone call. He continually follows up with his clients. I never felt the need to outreach Mr. Macktaz since he called or emailed first!
Paul
Paul
22:15 03 Jul 18
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LORENZO CAIANI
LORENZO CAIANI
15:56 09 May 18
Josh was very professional and extremely knowledgeable of my situation. He took the time to meet with me face to face multiple times to gather all the facts so he could develop the best plan possible. After collecting the facts he sat me down and he discussed all the options I had and why certain options may or may not be available in my situation. During this very difficult time, I at least felt comfortable that I received the best possible outcome and Josh is the reason why. A true professional through and through.
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Neal Manaskie
19:28 23 Apr 18
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02:54 22 Mar 18
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