Experienced Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney
The War on Drugs has been with us for over 40 years now and is the foremost reason behind the regrettable fact that the United States has the largest prisoner population on the planet. While this offensive has largely been a social and political failure, and despite the fact that drug laws in some states have been recently liberalized, draconian drug laws will continue to haunt the legal landscape by being vigorously enforced far into the foreseeable future. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offense you will most definitely require the expertise of an experienced Rhode Island drug crime attorney to ensure the best possible outcome in your case. You can confidently rely upon our Rhode Island drug defense legal team at The Law Offices of Stefanie A. Murphy to provide you the necessary peace of mind to get you through these trying times by our unwavering commitment to aggressively fight for your rights.
Criminal drug possession charges ARE complex and should be reviewed by an experienced lawyer
Criminal drug possession charges can arise from holding both illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine or heroin, or, by holding totally legal drugs without a valid prescription. Examples of prescription drugs that lend themselves to illegal use/abuse and consumption are common barbiturates, anti-depressants, ocycontin and sleeping pills. Penalties for such offenses are calculated based upon the quantity and type of the illegal substance involved and can escalate depending upon the venue in which the offense occurs. Generally, consumption in the privacy of one’s home is deemed less culpable than in a school, workplace or other public environment. Our experienced Rhode Island drug crime lawyer can sort out the intricacies in the legal maze of statutes dealing with these offenses in order to formulate a viable defense based upon the particular circumstances of your case.
Drug Offense Charges in Rhode Island
A drug offense charge and conviction does carry with it serious and long-lasting consequences for your future. For example, you may be denied several forms of public assistance such as food stamps or public housing. If you wanted to increase your employment potential through continued education you may be denied financial aid to achieve this end. Opportunities in public service, including the Armed Forces, may be denied to you. If you are a parent you may find yourself on the receiving end of a DCS (Department of Child Services) investigation to determine your fitness to continue to raise your children with the tragic result that you may well lose your parental/custodial rights to those children. You will find yourself at a serious disadvantage in the employment market with a narcotics or drug offense on your record and will be required to carry that millstone for the rest of your life. Professional licenses, and even driver’s licenses may be forfeited. One charged with a drug offense should not underestimate the long-term effects of such a conviction. The services of a qualified Rhode Island drug offense attorney such as are readily available to you at The Law Offices of Stefanie A Murphy will prove to be your best investment in your future in terms of mitigating or eliminating the devastating effects of such a conviction.