So, why does Attorney Stephen P. Levesque stand out? Knowledge, compassion, and 20 years of real courtroom experience handling and trying criminal misdemeanors and felonies. His courtroom experience means you will know all your options and you will have a lawyer with the experience to represent you no matter how complicated your case may be. He will fight for you and fight for your best interests. This results in exceptional representation. Stephen is that lawyer you know you can count on to stand by you. Whether at court, during negotiations, or through every legal document, motion, or pleading he prepares, Stephen is aggressively advocating for you.
About DUI/DWI and Refusal:
Attorney Stephen P. Levesque is knowledgeable about the complexities of Rhode Island DUI/DWI (driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs) laws and understand how a DUI/DWI charge can have a big impact on your life whether you are a first or third-time offender. A DUI conviction can compromise your reputation, driving privileges, and career. The Rhode Island DUI/DWI laws are designed to protect those on the road. The penalties for drunk driving are based on the amount of alcohol in a person’s system and on any prior DUI/DWI arrests and charges. In Rhode Island you are considered a drunk driver if you have a BAC (blood alcohol content) of more than .08%. If you’re a commercial vehicle driver its .04%, if you are under 21 its .02%. The penalties can be harsh but you have the right to a hearing before a judge in District Court to determine if the blood or breath tests (field sobriety or chemical) were properly administered. As a first-time offender with a BAC above .08%, you will face several Rhode Island DUI penalties: misdemeanor charge, up to one year in prison, a fine from $100 to $500, a $500 highway safety assessment and 10 to 60 hours of community service.
Attorney Stephen P. Levesque is knowledgeable about the complexities of Rhode Island Refusal Law. As an implied consent state all drivers traveling the roads of Rhode Island if stopped by a law officer due to suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or both may be asked to submit to a test of their blood, breath or urine. If you refused to take a breathalyzer test when you were arrested under suspicion of DUI/DWI you probably thought you were acting wisely. Perhaps your logic consisted of believing that by refusing to take such a test, you would be able to escape DUI penalties. If you refuse to submit to a BAC test your license is immediately suspended and could be for 6 months up to 5 years depending on if you have refused the test before. Rhode Island DUI/DWI lawyer, Stephen P. Levesque, can help you challenge the charges being made against you and assist you in scheduling and representing you in your DMV hearing. With his help, you may be able to obtain a Hardship License or even reduce the period of suspension.
We Think You Should Hire Us If:
You should hire Attorney Stephen P. Levesque if you want an attorney who has dedicated his career to providing aggressive legal defense to people facing Criminal Charges including DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and related offenses such as breathalyzer refusal. For the past 20 years he has used his courtroom experience and legal knowledge to successfully defend hundreds of private clients accused of drunk driving offenses.
Significant and High Profile Cases:
MA Driver Charged DWI RI.
Massachusetts driver charged in RI with refusal and DWI. Primary concern was loss of license in both states. Outcome, driver obtained a conditional hardship license in RI and successfully petitioned in MA for reinstatement of license. Although this case was extremely difficult because is posed a license suspension in both states Attorney Stephen Levesque successfully navigated the client through the process with a positive result.
Felony Reckless Driving.
Charges reduced to misdemeanor reckless driving. Attorney Stephen P. Levesque successfully argued at trial that the prosecutor did not have sufficient evidence to substantiate the charge. The court agreed that the prosecutor could not simply rely on the defendant’s statement at the scene to prove the ‘corpus delicti’ or the necessary elements of the charge without extrinsic evidence.
Felony Domestic Abuse and Rape.
Charges reduced to misdemeanor domestic abuse. Attorney Stephen P. Levesque discovered that the prosecutor has evidence that the statements made by the victim at the scene of the crime were embellished by the police and in fact upon examination the police detective admitted to filling in the blanks. The judge agreed and the felony charges were reduced.
Charges dismissed. Attorney Stephen P. Levesque was able to successfully argue at trial that the man was under the direction of a physician for extreme mental duress at the time of the crime. His duress was of such a severity that he did not understand the consequences of actions. The judge agreed and the case was dismissed.
Charges reduced to misdemeanor assault. Attorney Stephen P. Levesque successfully made a case for self defense. Looking beyond the police report, he subpoenaed victims neighbor, who the police did not interview but witnessed the entire event. Based upon her testimony the victim was the aggressor and the judge agreed to a reduction of charges.
Our Clients Will Tell You That:
Attorney Stephen P. Levesque is extremely professional and well respected. Attorney Levesque can take a stressful situation and make it as stress free as possible. His dedication to a case makes him the best of the best. Definitely highly recommended. Call him today of 401-490-4900 if you are facing a similar problem.