Title 12
Criminal Procedure

Chapter 7

R.I. Gen. Laws § 12-7-20

§ 12-7-20. Right to use telephone for call to attorney — Bail bondsperson.

Any person arrested under the provisions of this chapter shall be afforded, as soon after being detained as practicable, not to exceed one hour from the time of detention, the opportunity to make use of a telephone for the purpose of securing an attorney or arranging for bail; provided, that whenever a person who has been detained for an alleged violation of the law relating to drunk driving must be immediately transported to a medical facility for treatment, he or she shall be afforded the use of a telephone as soon as practicable, which may exceed one hour from the time of detention. The telephone calls afforded by this section shall be carried out in such a manner as to provide confidentiality between the arrestee and the recipient of the call.

History of Section.
P.L. 1989, ch. 122 § 1; P.L. 1991, ch. 242, § 1; P.L. 2011, ch. 363, § 1.