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Drug Offenses Rhode Island Lawyer

Rhode Island drug crimes are one of the most common and yet serious offenses in the State of Rhode Island. There are different degrees of punishments depending on whether you are charged with drug possession, drug distribituion, possession with intent to distribute, conspiracy, drug manufacturing, or another drug-related offense. 

Attorney David Ellison is a Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer who has represented clients on many different drug-related offenses throughout his career. 

What are Some Drug Crimes in the State of Rhode Island?

Rhode Island General Laws § 21-28-4.01 "Prohibited acts" states the following acts related to drugs are illegal in the State of Rhode Island: 

"(a)(1) Except as authorized by this chapter, it shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to manufacture or deliver a controlled substance.

(b)(1) Except as authorized by this chapter, it is unlawful for any person to create, deliver, or possess with intent to deliver, a counterfeit substance.

(c)(1) It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly or intentionally to possess a controlled substance, unless the substance was obtained directly from, or pursuant to, a valid prescription or order of a practitioner while acting in the course of his or her professional practice, or except as otherwise authorized by this chapter.

(d) It shall be unlawful for any person to manufacture, distribute, or possess with intent to manufacture or distribute, an imitation controlled substance."


Violation of Your 4th Amendment rights: The police may have violated your rights when they find drugs on your person, in your property, in your car or in your house. There is a certain criminal procedure that they must follow under the 4th Amendment before they can conduct a search or seizure. 

Lack of Knowledge: Many times drugs can be found, however, you did not know they were there. It is a key element the prosecution has to prove in many drugs cases. If you did not know the drugs were there, that can be a possible defense to a Rhode Island drug crime. 

Prescription for the Drugs: In some cases, if you have a prescription to possess and use the drugs, you may be able to use the prescription to help show a justification for possessing the drugs. 

What are Some Penalties to Drug Crimes in Rhode Island?

  • Potential Jail Time
  • Lengthy Probation Sentences
  • Potential Substance Abuse Counseling 
  • Fines, Fees and Costs
  • Potential Criminal Conviction 

Whether you or a loved one has been arrested or are under investigation for a Rhode Island drug crime, it is important that you work with a Rhode Island drug crime lawyer early on. Do not hesitate to contact Rhode Island Drug Crime Lawyer David Ellison today at 401-230-5520 today. 

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