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Drug Crimes

Rhode Island Drug Defense Lawyer

Drug crimes are considered very serious offenses in the state of Rhode Island. If you have been charged, it is important to quickly hire an experienced Rhode Island criminal defense attorney.

It does not matter if you have been charged with simple possession of a controlled substance or the distribution, trafficking or manufacture of a controlled substance. In any of these cases, a conviction could result in serious penalties, including a jail sentence. To successfully defend a drug charge, you will need a Rhode Island defense attorney who is highly experienced and knowledgeable in all of the possible defenses to a drug crime. 

You need a criminal defense lawyer if any of the following apply:

– If you have been arrested and charged with a felony or misdemeanor drug offense.

– If you have been given a summons for possession of cannabis/marijuana.

– If you have been given notice that the Attorney General has signed an Information against you.

– If you have been arrested but given no court date, you need a drug defense lawyer because the court date could be coming soon. 

– If you are under investigation by state or federal law agencies for a drug charge.

– If you feel that you may be the target of a drug investigation.

Contact Attorney Kara Hoopis Manosh immediately to discuss your drug charge.

Drug Addiction

Attorney Kara Hoopis Manosh has spent over 15 years working with good people who struggle with drug addiction. She will work with you and your family to find the best treatment options, always with the goal of a favorable resolution to your criminal case. 

Fourth Amendment- Bad Search

Every person has the right to be free from unlawful searches by the police.  Attorney Manosh has argued Rhode Island Fourth Amendment law in every Court of this State- all the way to the Rhode Island Supreme Court.  Every drug case should be carefully analyzed to determine if there are legal defenses to the charges.  A successful Motion to Suppress the evidence often results in a dismissal of the case, so it is crucial to work with an attorney who has extensive experience litigating these important cases.  

  • How do they prove possession?

The State must prove that you had possession of the drugs.  It does not need to prove that the drugs were in your hand or in your pocket- they only need to prove that you had constructive possession, and more than one person can have constructive possession of one bag of drugs.  This is most commonly charged when a car is pulled over and the police discover drugs in the center console or under a seat.  

Do the police need a search warrant?

The law requires that the police get a search warrant before they conduct a search.  BUT, like most things in criminal law, there are many exceptions to this rule.  For example, the police do not need a warrant:

  • If someone gives them consent to search.  
  • If the evidence is in plain view of the police officers.
  • If the police observe the drugs in an "open field."
  • If the property has been abandoned
  • If the evidence is located during a search incident to arrest.
  • If the police find the evidence during an inventory search.
  • If the police argue that they had exigent circumstances that precluded the application for a warrant.

It is very important to remember that all of these exceptions are fact-specific (meaning every case will be different) and that there is a lot of case law that explains when the police can claim an exception.  Attorney Kara Hoopis Manosh has litigated every single one of these types of exceptions, and has argued hundreds of Motions to Suppress in the Rhode Island Courts.  

These cases are complicated and the penalties can be severe.  Call Attorney Manosh to explore every legal defense available to you.  

Contact Me Today

Kara Hoopis Manosh, Attorney and Counselor at Law is committed to answering your questions about Criminal Defense, Appeals, and Post-Conviction Relief issues in Rhode Island.

I offer a free case strategy session and I'll gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact me today to schedule an appointment.

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Providence, RI 02903
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