RI Breathalyzer Refusal Penalties

Published 01/15/2020

Rhode Island Breathalyzer Refusal Penalties

First Offense

  • Civil Offense (Not Criminal)
  • Fine $200-$500
  • Community Service 10 - 60 Hours
  • Loss of License  6 Months up to 1 Year
  • DUI School or Alcohol or Substance Abuse Counseling
  • $500 Highway Assessment Fee
  • $200 Dept. of Health Fee

Second Offense Within 5 Years - Alcohol Refusal

  • Misdemeanor Charge
  • Up to 6 Months in Prison
  • Fine $600 - $1,000
  • Community Service 60 - 100 Hours
  • Loss of License 1 Year - 2 Years
  • Alcohol or Substance Abuse Counseling
  • $500 Highway Assessment Fee
  • $200 Dept. of Health Fee

Second Offense Within 5 Years - Blood Test Refusal

  • Civil Offense
  • Fine $600 - $1,000
  • Community Service 60-100 Hours
  • Loss of License 2 Years
  • Alcohol or Substance Abuse Counseling
  • $500 Highway Assessment Fee
  • $200 Dept. of Health Fee

Third Offense Within 5 Years - Alcohol Refusal 

  • Misdemeanor Charge
  • Up to 1 Year In Prison
  • Fine $800-$1,000
  • Loss of License 2 Years - 5 Years
  • Community Service 100 Hours Minimum
  • Alcohol or Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Mandatory Hearing To Get License Reinstatement
  • $500 Highway Assessment Fee
  • $200 Dept. of Health Fee

Third Offense Within 5 Years -Blood Test Refusal

  • Civil Offense
  • Fine $800-$1,000
  • Loss of License 2 Years - 5 Years
  • Community Service 100 Hours Minimum
  • Alcohol or Substance Abuse Counseling
  • Mandatory Hearing To Get License Reinstatement
  • $500 Highway Assessment Fee
  • $200 Dept. of Health Fee

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