Have You Been Arrested on a Rhode Island Criminal Narcotics Trafficking Charge?
As a former police officer, John R. Grasso understands how the Attorney General’s Office works closely with law enforcement to prosecute these crimes. Thousands of narcotics trafficking cases are processed each year, but not all arrested are guilty.
In addition, John. R. Grasso, will examine if law enforcement exercised correct procedures at the time of search or arrest.
Contact the Island law offices as soon as possible – to help lower or dismiss fines.
Definition of Narcotics Trafficking :
Narcotics are distinguished from other types of drugs through several factors, under the United Controlled Substances Act. 21 USCS 802 (17) acknowledges the following types of narcotics:
- Opium and opiates
- Poppy straw
- Cocoa leaves
- A mixture of the above
The law further elaborates that narcotics may include derivatives, salts, or isomers for one of the above. Such narcotics can be produced synthetically, or may be plant-derived. One of the most defining characteristics of a narcotic is its pain-killing effects, or its ability to induce sleep.
Narcotics trafficking simple means being found in possession of one or more of the described narcotics. However, this arrest could open up a battle of other trials, including manufacturing, running an international drug ring, and other crimes.
You need a lawyer who can tackle this and other drug-related crimes with ease. Whatever the case is, Contact John R. Grasso now.
What Are the Consequences of Rhode Island Narcotics Trafficking Charges?
Narcotics Trafficking is punishable in Rhode Island by:
- Up to $5000, but no less than $500 in fines and/or
- Up to 3 years in prison, plus
- Community service
- Participation in a drug education program
The penalties will vary based on the quantity of narcotics the defendant was found in possession of, the type of narcotics, the defendant’s criminal history, and any aggravating factors of the crime.
These aggravating factors include trafficking near the vicinity of a school, if minors were involved in the process, and/or if any injuries took place as a result.
Repeat Drug Narcotics Trafficking offenders could face double these fines.
Contact an Aggressive Drug Narcotics Trafficking Defense Attorney in Rhode Island
A skilled lawyer can file for a drug diversion program, if there are no aggravating factors of the crime. Discuss your case confidentially with John R. Grasso, and ask about our free consultations.
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