Providence Rhode Island Drug Crimes Attorney

Rhode Island Drug Crimes Defense Attorney

Drug Crimes Defense Attorney John MacdonaldThe attorneys of The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. have a combined twenty-five years of experience helping clients who are facing criminal prosecution. Providence Rhode Island Drug Crimes Attorney John MacDonald is a former public defender from the Rhode Island Department of Public Defender and has extensive experience with drug crimes defense in Rhode Island.

The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. represent clients facing felony or misdemeanor charges in the state and federal courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We have aggressively and successfully represented clients facing criminal prosecution for all types of Drug Crimes for Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroine and other Schedule I, II and other illegal Drugs including:

  • Possession
  • Distribution
  • Intent to Deliver
  • Sale, Cultivation, Manufacture
  • Delivery

 

For more specific information on Rhode Island Drug Laws see these topics:

 

The distinguished Rhode Island Drug Crimes Defense Attorneys at The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. use aggressive legal tactics and well thought out defenses to successfully defend clients who have been accused of serious drug related crimes. If you have been accused of, or arrested for, a drug crime in Rhode Island you should hire knowledgeable legal representation immediately, because you are facing serious criminal charges. Call the Law Offices of The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. today to schedule a free consultation with Criminal Defense Attorney MacDonald and discuss your drug offense case.

RECENT CASE RESULTS:
Attorney John E. MacDonald has represented numerous clients who possess a patient or caregiver card and have a legal right to grow marijuana. Despite these protections, clients have been subjected to search warrants and prosecution for marijuana. Attorney John E. MacDonald has successfully suppressed these searches and dismissed the felony charges based upon defects in the search warrant affidavit or execution as well as compliance with the Thomas C. Slater Medical Marijuana Act.

 

Call the Rhode Island Drug Crimes Lawyers at The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. at 401-421-1440 or EMAIL us today.

In 2002, over 1.5 million people were arrested for drug related crimes in the United States. Some crimes which are harshly prosecuted include:

  • Distributing drugs
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Drug possession
  • Drug trafficking
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possessing drug paraphernalia
  • Possession with intent to sell
  • Selling drugs
  • Trafficking to Minors or near a school

 

What Are the Penalties for Rhode Island Drug Crimes?

All drug related crimes that take place in the State of Rhode Island are very serious matters, and depending upon the circumstances, carry with them severe legal consequences. If you are convicted of a drug charge, there are many different penalties that you may be confronted with, such as monetary fines, probation, and/or a jail term. If you are convicted of a drug crime near a school or involving minors and your penalties could be double. Any drug related conviction on your criminal record may cause many problems in your personal and professional life, as it may minimize your chance of obtaining a good job or a place to live.

Some defendants in drug related cases may even be able to avoid jail entirely and complete a drug diversion course or drug rehab program. In fact, in certain circumstances plea’s of Nolo contendere allow first time, non-violent, drug offenders an alternative to jail by allowing them to undergo probation and a drug education program and only serve community service.

If you have been charged with misdemeanor or felony drug charges, it is very important that you hire legal representation that you trust. The drug crime defense attorneys at The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. will use our extensive knowledge in the areas of criminal defense and State and Federal drug laws to create a defense for your particular situation. With our skill and experience, we may be able to have your charges dropped, or have your sentence reduced or altered.

The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. also guarantees that our lawyers will take the time to completely explain why we are pursuing a legal avenue on your behalf. We will explain the strengths and weaknesses of your legal matter from the very beginning. We will regularly update you on your case. You will never complete a discussion with one of our attorneys and not have the answer to your question or a plan and timeframe to obtain the answer.

We are available to our clients twenty four hours a day, seven days a week. We frequently answer emails after hours, on weekends, and while on vacation. We love what we do and we love to win. We encourage you to consider a complimentary consultation, wherein you will notice, first hand, the professionalism, competence and dedication we have to offer in resolving your legal situation.

Call the Rhode Island Drug Crimes Lawyers at The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. at 401-421-1440 or EMAIL us today.

Rhode Island Cocaine Drug Crimes: RI General Laws and Penalties

 

Cocaine crimes in Rhode Island are treated very seriously and the penalties can be steep. Below find the state law that covers cocaine crimes in Rhode Island. This includes cocaine trafficking, distribution of cocaine, manufacturing, possession of cocaine, and possession with intent to deliver cocaine.

Rhode Island General Laws TITLE 21 – Food And Drugs
CHAPTER 21-28 – Uniform Controlled Substances Act – ARTICLE 21-28-2.01
Standards and Schedules § 21-28-2.08 Contents of schedules. – Schedule I

(a) Schedule I shall consist of the drugs and other substances, by whatever official name, common or usual name, chemical name, or brand name designated, listed in this section.

(4) Coca leaves and any salt, compound, derivative, or preparation of coca leaves, and any salt, compound, derivative, or preparation which is chemically equivalent or identical with any of these substances, except that the substances shall not include decocainized coca leaves or extraction of coca leaves, which extractions do not contain cocaine or ecgonine.

Rhode Island Legal Code Section 21-28-4.01, et seq. – Offenses and Penalties

Possession of Cocaine

  • Nolo contendere pleas: 100 hrs. community service and drug education program;
  • Up to 1 oz.: 3 yrs. in prision and/or $500 to $5000;
  • 1 oz.-1 kg.: 10-50 yrs. in prision and/or $10,000-$50,000;
  • Over 1 kg.: 20 yrs. to life in prision and $25,000 to $1,000,000

 

Sale of Cocaine

  • Person not drug dependent: life in prision and/or $10,000 to $500,000;
  • Drug dependent: 30 yrs. in prision and or $3000 to $100,000;
  • 1 kg.: minimum 10-50 yrs. in prision and/or $10,000 to $500,000;
  • Over 1 kg.: 20 yrs.-life in prision and/or $25,000-$1,000,000;
  • Sale to minor or 3 yrs. junior: minimum 15 yrs. in prision and up to $500,000;

 

Any of above Cocaine crimes committed within 300 yds. of a school: Double Penalties

Call the Rhode Island Cocaine Attorneys at The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. at 401-421-1440 or emailus today.

Rhode Island Marijuana Drug Crimes: RI General Laws and Penalties

 

There are more arrests associated with the possession of marijuana than with possession of any other illicit drug in Rhode Island. According to the Rhode Island UCR, in 2001 nearly 53 percent of adult arrests for drug possession and over 81 percent of all juvenile arrests for drug possession were marijuana-related. Find below the state law that covers marijuana crimes in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island General Laws TITLE 21 – Food And Drugs
CHAPTER 21-28 – Uniform Controlled Substances Act – ARTICLE 21-28-2.01
Standards and Schedules § 21-28-2.08 Contents of schedules. – Schedule I

(17) Tetrahydrocannabinols. Synthetic equivalents of the substances contained in the plant, or in the resinous extractives of Cannabis, sp. and/or synthetic substances, derivatives, and their isomers with similar chemical structure and pharmacological activity such as the following: delta 1 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol, and their optical isomers. Delta 6 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol and their optical isomers. Delta 3, 4 cis or trans tetrahydrocannabinol and its optical isomer. (Since nomenclature of these substances is not internationally standardized, compounds of these structures, regardless of numerical designation of atomic positions covered).

Rhode Island Legal Code Section 21-28-4.01, et seq. – Offenses and Penalties

  • Possession of Less than 1 kilogram of Marijuana in RI
    Considered Misdemeanor Possession of Marijuana and is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $200 – $500. If you receive a sentence of probation with no imprisonment, the offender is required to undergo a drug abuse evaluation, attend a drug education course and perform up to 100 hours of community service.
  • Possession 1 kilogram to 5 kilograms of Marijuana in RI
    Considered felony marijuana possession and comes with the penalty is a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years (10) in prison with a maximum of 50 years and a fine of $10,000 – $500,000.
  • Possession of More than 5 kilograms of Marijuana in RI
    Considered felony marijuana possession and the penalty is a mandatory minimum sentence of twenty years (25) in prison with a maximum of life in prison and a fine of $25,000 – $100,000
  • Sale or possession within 300 yards of a school, public park or playground doubles the possible penalties.

 

In addition to these penalties if caught driving while in possession of marijuana this is penalized by automatic suspension of the offender’s driver’s license for six months for the first offense and for one year for subsequent offenses.

For sentences of probation with no imprisonment, the offender is required to undergo a drug abuse evaluation, attend a drug education course and perform 100 hours of community service.

Call the Rhode Island Marijuana Possession Lawyers at The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. at 401-421-1440 or email
us today.

Other Drug Charges and Penalties in Rhode Island

 

If you are found guilty of any other drug possession charge, schedule I-V, the penalties will vary from substance to substance but are:

  • Fines: $500-$5000
  • Up to 3 years in jail
  • likely drug education classes and community service

 

The most likely Presumptive sentence on a Possession of a Controlled substance conviction is 0-18 months in jail.

A Second (2nd) Offense drug possession/simple possession charge in Rhode Island will face doubled penalties, over 100 hours of community service, a possible drug abuse program and drug counseling and education.

Other Drug Charges & Penalties

 

On any Second (2nd) Offense Drug charge conviction relating to any narcotic drugs, marijuana, depressant, stimulant, or hallucinogenic substances, the defendant is subject to doubling of the jail sentence, fine, or both.

On any Third (3rd) Offense Drug charge conviction as above, the defendant is subject to 3 times the jail sentence, fine, or both.

The penalties for drug/narcotics offenses in RI can be extreme if you are charged with possession or cocaine, heroin, meth, GHB, ecstasy, and may have mandatory jail times depending on the quantity of the drugs involved. Additional charges may include possession with intent to sell, transport, cultivate, trafficking, or manufacture.

There are also substantial increases in penalties if you are charged with distribution within a school zone (within 300 yards of a park, playground, or school), or selling to minor 3 years younger than yourself.

Call the Rhode Island Drug Crimes Attorneys at The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald, Inc. at 401-421-1440 or EMAILus today.