Drug Crimes In Rhode Island

There are several drug related crimes in Rhode Island that are briefly outlined in this post.

RI Drug Possession  for Personal Use

The penalties for this crime depend on the type of drug the offender is found in possession of, and the amount. A larger amount with the presence of other factors, such as measuring devices could point to an more strongly penalized offenses including:

Drug Possession for Sale

Those who are arrested for suspicion of drug possession for sale, can face very high penalties. The laws are always changing regarding RI drug crimes, due to the Federal Government’s involvement in some instances. This is why it’s important to use a skilled drug lawyer. In addition, marijuana laws may be changing soon within Rhode Island, as various groups fight for its legalization. This is all dependent on the quantity and reasons for possession however.

Driving Under The Influence of a Controlled Substance

In addition to being prosecuted for Rhode Island DUI, offenders can also be brought to trial for drug possession. A lawyer can help to enroll dui offenders in drug diversion programs vs. spending time in jail. The RI DUI lawyer can argue that the offender would be better off in these programs for reforming their addiction, instead of spending unproductive time in jail.

Other closely related drug crimes involving controlled substances such as heroin, cocaine, and others that a lawyer can help with include:

  • Trafficking drugs, if only it means transporting the drug from one street to another, offenders can be charged with this crime.
  • If you’re found in possession of paraphernalia, which are devices that point toward drug possession  for sale charges, there are separate penalties for this crime, if the prosecution can prove that these equipment were utilized to promote a drug operation.
  • Cultivating drugs in many instances will get the Federal Government involved. Offenders can face up to half-million dollars in fines, and up to 20 years in prison, depending on the quantity of controlled substance is being cultivated at the time.

If you’ve been arrested for any of these RI drug crimes, it’s imperative to contact a RI criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.

The Island Law Offices of John R. Grasso is located at 1 Custom House St., 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02903. Call 401 272-4001 today for a free consultation.