If you have been arrested for or are under investigation for a crime involving drugs, it is important to seek legal representation as soon as possible to minimize the impact on your future. In addition to charges filed by the state, you may also face federal criminal charges that can carry much more severe penalties. It is essential to get experienced legal counsel to protect your rights in these types of cases.
At Sheeley Law, LLC, our Rhode Island lawyer has been helping to protect the interests of people throughout the state for more than 25 years. Our legal team will work on building the strongest possible defense designed to preserve your rights.
Penalties for Cocaine Drug Crimes in Rhode Island
The potential penalties associated with cocaine possession are serious, even for those charged with drug possession involving minimal amounts. Possession of less than 1 ounce of cocaine is charged as a felony and carries the possibility of a jail sentence as well as a fine of up to $5,000. Possession of cocaine in the amount of 1 ounce up to 1 kilogram is also charged as a felony and includes a mandatory minimum jail sentence of 10 to 50 years, as well as fines ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. The consequences only become more severe as the amount of cocaine increases.
Penalties for Marijuana Drug Crimes in Rhode Island
Rhode Island has legalized the use and possession of medical marijuana, but the conditions and use are strictly controlled. Possession of marijuana that is not protected by the medical exception is considered a serious crime and carries severe penalties.
Possession of less than 1 kilogram of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor. However, this charge still carries the possibility of up to one year in jail and fines of up to $500. Possession of 1 to 5 kilograms is treated as a felony, and carries a minimum 10-year jail sentence and fines ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. Possession of more than 5 kilograms carries a mandatory minimum 125 years jail sentence, and fines ranging from $25,000 to $100,000.