Drug Possession Lawyer Serving Kent County, RI
Drug possession is a common charge in Rhode Island courts as well as across the nation. At Biafore Law, we have defended countless individuals facing possession of drugs ranging from marijuana to cocaine, heroin, fentanyl and more, and including unauthorized prescription drugs such as OxyContin, Xanax, Adderall, Vicodin, and others. Our highly-experienced Kent County drug possession attorney has assisted many individuals to avoid convictions and jail time and even end up without a criminal record. We have been successful through providing proven defense strategies that can be effective in helping you reach an optimum outcome.
Being charged with a drug possession offense means that you will have to navigate the criminal justice system. Doing so without the benefit of an experienced and proven attorney is not recommended. You may be facing substantial penalties along with a permanent criminal record that can hamper future employment, housing, educational opportunities, professional licenses in your career of choice, and more. Having dedicated legal support can substantially increase your chances of a successful outcome that will preserve your freedom and your future.
Charged with drug possession in Kent Count, Providence County, Washington County, Newport County, or Bristol County? Schedule a free case evaluation by contacting Biafore Law online or at (401) 244-7433.
Drug possession can include “simple” possession or other more serious offenses such as possession with intent to deliver. Simple possession means the drugs were for your own use and were not meant to sell or distribute to others. Possession with intent to sell is much more serious and generally charged as a felony.
Until recently, all Schedule I through V controlled substance possessions were charged as felonies in Rhode Island except for marijuana. However, recently the Governor of the state signed into legislation a bill that reclassifies certain drug possession crimes of 10 grams or less as misdemeanors instead of felonies. These include possession of cocaine, heroin, fentanyl, and more. Possession of these drugs are punishably by up to two years rather than up to three years as a felony.
Generally, in any drug charge, how you are charged will depend on the type of drug found, its quantity, your previous criminal history, if any, and other facts of the case. Aside from jail or prison time, other penalties can include fines ranging from $500 up to $5,000, community service hours, and potential mandatory drug treatment.
Drug possession cases may also lead to other options, such as Adult Drug Treatment Court, which offers counseling and monitoring to help individuals overcome addiction and a Superior Court diversion program for nonviolent offenders that provides court supervision and services in lieu of jail time. This program keeps you out of the criminal court system and helps you work toward a case dismissal.
At Biafore Law, our Kent County drug possession attorney will explore all possibilities in helping you avoid a conviction and its penalties based on the facts and circumstances of your particular case.
Call us today at 401-244-7433 or fill out our form to schedule a free consultation.