Richard S. Humphrey

Attorney Profile

Top Rated DUI-DWI Attorney in Tiverton, RI

Law Offices of Richard S. Humphrey
 | 3852 Main Road, Tiverton, RI 02878
Phone: 401-624-6152
Fax: 401-624-8180
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2015, 2018
Licensed Since: 1983
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (20%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Native American Law (0%)
Attorney Profile

Having built a reputation as the DUI champion of Rhode Island, Richard S. Humphrey offers dedicated drunk driving and criminal defense to people throughout the state. As the founding member of the Law Offices of Richard S. Humphrey, he counsels clients on their rights and options and helps them navigate the justice system.

Mr. Humphrey earned a Bachelor of Arts from Connecticut College before going on to attend the University of New Hampshire School of Law. From there, he received a Juris Doctor.

Having more than 30 years of legal experience, Mr. Humphrey provides quality representation to clients in criminal and civil litigation issues. Understanding the impact that a DUI conviction can have on people’s driving privileges, pocketbooks and freedom, as well as on their reputations and careers, he strives to protect the interests of other legal professionals and motorists who have been arrested for drunk driving. Willing to take each case where it needs to go in order to achieve the best possible outcome on his clients’ behalf, Mr. Humphrey served as counsel on the only DUI case to be heard by the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.

An active member of the legal community, Mr. Humphrey is a fellow in the Rhode Island Bar Foundation and a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in the states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maine, as well as before the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (40%): DUI/DWI

State, Local & Municipal (20%): State, Local & Municipal Litigation

Personal Injury - General (20%): Personal Injury - Plaintiff

Civil Litigation (10%)

General Litigation (10%): Litigation

Native American Law (0%)

Focus Areas

DUI/DWI, State, Local & Municipal Litigation, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Litigation


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2015, 2018

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About Richard Humphrey

Admitted: 1983, Rhode Island

Professional Webpage:


  • Rhode Island Super Lawyer 2008- Present
  • BV® Distinguished™ Peer Review RatingSM by [email protected]

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Rhode Island Supreme Court Disciplinary Board, Vice Chairman, 2015
  • Rhode Island Bridge and Turnpike Authority (Vice- chairman, 2016- President), 2014
  • Brownell House Trust- Trustee, 2012
  • Rhode Island Bar Foundation- Board of Directors, 2010
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, House of Delegates., 2002
  • Special Counsel, Town of Charlestown, RI Planning Board Member, Supreme Court Committee to study the question of specialization of Attorneys and Certification of Competence in such Specialties., 2000
  • Rules Committee- Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal, Member, 1999
  • US District Court, District of Maine, 1993
  • Rhode Island Bar Foundation-Fellow
  • Member, American Arbitration Association
  • Member, Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, American Bar Associations
  • Member, Maine State Bar Association
  • Member, Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member, Newport County Bar Association
  • Maine, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1991
  • Massachusetts, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, 1984
  • Rhode Island, 1983

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Lector, Rhode Island Bar Association, 2014
  • A Practical Guide to Trying DUI Cases in Rhode Island, Author, Editor, 2011
  • Lector, Handling The Police Liability Claim., 2011
  • Lector, Rhode Island Bar Association, Introduction to the Practice of Law for new Attorneys. , 2010
  • Lector, Rhode Island Bar Association Annual Meeting, June 10, 2010 and June 11, 2010, 2010
  • Co-author, "The Potential Impact of State v. Delbonis on Prior Drunk Driving Convictions from 2000–2003," Rhode Island Bar Journal May–June 2005, 2009
  • Office of Highway Safety, "Putting The Brakes on D.U.I", 2006
  • Lector, Bristol, Rhode Island Police Department, "Strategies in Criminal Prosecutions". , 2005
  • Lector, Federal Taxation Institute, "Malpractice in Tax Practice - How to Avoid It; What to do if you are Sued". , 2002
  • Lector, Rhode Island Bar Association, "Current Issues Involving DWI and Refusal Cases", 2001
  • Lector, Maritime Law Society, Roger Williams University School of Law, 2000
  • Seven Cassese Every Rhode Island DUI Practitioner Should Know, Rhode Island Bar Journal. , Author
  • What to Do If You Get Sued for Legal Malpractice, Rhode Island Bar Journal, Author
  • Anonymous Tips and Reasonable Suspicion for Motor Vehicle Stops, Rhode Island Bar Journal. , Author
  • Choices Facing Clients Accused of Drunk Driving, Rhode Island bar Journal, Author
  • Co-author, "The Thickening Briar Patch of Legal Malpractice," Rhode Island Bar Journal, April 1998
  • Author, "The Midnight Call - Advising the Client to Submit to a Chemical Test," Rhode Island Bar Journal, March 1991
  • Author, "Defending Dual Prosecutions - The Driver Who Has Refused the Chemical Test," Rhode Island Bar Journal, April 1992
  • Author, "Punishment Before Conviction:  The Effect of Automatic Post-Arrest Incarceration for Drunk Driving," Rhode Island Bar Journal, May 1993
  • Author, "Checklist for the Prosecution: How to Prove a DWI," Rhode Island Bar Journal, March 1995
  • Co-author, "Drunk Driving Law Update," Rhode Island Bar Journal, October 1994
  • Co-author, "Drunk Driving: Recent Developments in the Law," Rhode Island Bar Journal, May 1999
  • Co-author, "Drunk Driving Statutes, Rhode Island and Massachusetts," Rhode Island Bar Journal, November 2001
  • Co-author, "The Prosecution and Defense of Chemical Test Refusal Cases," Rhode Island Bar Journal, November–December 2004
  • Co-author, "How to Provide a DWI Observation Case," Rhode Island Bar Journal, September–October 2006


  • In re Town of Little Compton, 37 A.3d 85 (R.I. 2012).
  • Intern. Broth. Police v. Town of Portsmouth, 506 A.2d 540 (R.I. 1986).
  • Newport Auto Salvage, Inc v. Town Council, 502 A.2d 339 (R.I. 1985).
  • Piccoli & Sons, Inc. v. E & C Const. Co., Inc. , 64 A.3d 308, 309 (R.I. 2013).
  • French v. Isham, 801 F. Supp. 913, 914 (D.R.I. 1992).
  • Rodrigues v. DePasquale Bldg. & Realty Co. , 926 A.2d 616, 617 (R.I. 2007).
  • H.R.M., Inc. v. S/V Venture VII, 972 F. Supp. 92 (D.R.I. 1997).
  • State v. Sarhan, No. 12-311-M.P. (R.I., filed Apr. 18, 2013).
  • State v. Sampson, No. 12-285-M.P. (R.I., filed Apr. 18, 2013).
  • State v. Quattrucci, 39 A.3d 1036 (R.I. 2012).
  • State v. Robinson, 972 A.2d 150 (R.I. 2009). (6 consolidated cases).
  • Such v. State, 950 A.2d 1150 (R.I. 2008).
  • State v. Cluley, 808 A.2d 1098 (R.I. 2002).
  • State v. Carcieri, 730 A.2d 11 (R.I. 1999).

Representative Clients:

  • Town of Little Compton
  • Tiverton & Little Compton Mutual Fire Insurance Co.
  • J.G. Edwards Construction Company
  • G. Lopes Construction, Inc.
  • Newport Auto Salvage, Inc. v. Town Council of Town of Portsmouth Acting as Bd. of License Com'rs, R.I., 502 A.2d 339, 1985162541, 1985
  • International Broth. of Police Officers, Local No. 302 v. Town of Portsmouth, 506 A.2d 540, 1986114425, 1986

Educational Background:

  • Connecticut College, B.A., 1980

Industry Groups

  • Commercial Fishing
Office Location for Richard S. Humphrey

3852 Main Road
Tiverton, RI 02878

Phone: 401-624-6152

Fax: 401-624-8180

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Last Updated: 3/14/2019

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