Friday, December 23, 2011

Rhode Island Drug Case: Two sentenced to Prison for Marijuana Charges

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

- U.S. District Judge William E. Smith has sentenced two men who admitted their roles in drug trafficking. Geraldo Alavez, 46, of San Diego, Calif., received a term of 5½ years in federal prison. Jose Luis Martinez-Garcia, 37, of Woodhaven, N.Y., got 2 years. They pleaded guilty in September to conspiracy to distribute and possession with the intent to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. A third defendant, Donato Rogelio Mayen-Munoz, 37, of San Diego, Calif., is awaiting trial on the same charges.


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Monday, December 19, 2011

Rhode Island Drunk Driving Case: Man Charged with DWI in Providence Wreck

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

- Providence police say a man was charged with drunk driving after rear-ending another car in a crash that injured a woman and her child. The 24-year-old man was driving a truck on Atwells Avenue when he allegedly struck the other car. WPRI-TV reports that the driver fled the scene of the crash and struck two other cars as he tried to get away before he was caught and arrested by Providence police. He was charged with DWI, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without a license. The mother and child were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.


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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Rhode Island Drug Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces A Major Case Victory for a Medical Marijuana Client Facing Felony Drug Charges

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a successful resolution for a Medical Marijuana client facing possession with intent to deliver marijuana charges. If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island marijuana charges or other Rhode Island drug charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGES:
(1) Possession with Intent to Deliver Marijuana (felony)
(2) Driving in Possession of Marijuana
POLICE REPORT:
The Client was driving with his brother and a friend when he took a right hand turn through a green light without using a turn signal. A local police officer on patrol behind the Client’s vehicle activated his lights and sirens and halted the Client’s vehicle. Upon approaching the vehicle, the Officer detected an odor of marijuana emanating from the vehicle and asked the Client to exit the vehicle. Once outside, the Client explained to the Officer that the odor was his medicinal marijuana and showed the Officer his medical marijuana card. Inside the Client’s trunk the Officer noticed a glass jar containing marijuana, a digital scale, and a large stack of cash. The Officer then requested consent to search the Client’s vehicle which the Client provided. Upon searching the vehicle, the Officer discovered over seven ounces of marijuana, well above the two and one-half ounce limit provided by Rhode Island’s Medical Marijuana laws. Based on what the Officer discovered, the Client was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana and driving in possession of a controlled substance.
RESULTS: ALL CHARGES DISMISSED after prevailing on the Client's Motion to Suppress Evidence on November 18th, 2011

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Rhode Island Drugs and Weapons case: Providence police seize guns, drugs and money in raid

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VIA The Providence Journal online

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence police said they seized three loaded guns, drugs, and more than $20,000 cash from a man suspected of dealing drugs from his Washington Park apartment.

Juan D. Colon, 31, was charged with seven felonies after police searched his apartment at 28 Homer St. Monday evening.

Narcotics detectives Joe Black and Charles Vieira had been investigating Colon for a month. He was holding a gun when police forced their way in and took him down at gunpoint, according to a police report.

Police seized packages of marijuana, crack cocaine, plus rolls of cash and guns stored in Colon's BMW and Chrysler, the police said.

The Providence police have now seized 126 guns this year, exceeding last year's total of 110 guns.

Rhode Island Drug Case: Two arrested in Tiverton on drug trafficking charges

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VIA The Providence Journal online



TIVERTON, R.I. - A local man and woman are being held on charges they trafficked drugs in Tiverton and Little Compton, the police said.

More than $10,000 in drugs, $5,802 in cash and several guns were seized from their residence.

Timothy Durfee, 24, and Sara Cantin, also 24, both of of 2423 Main Rd. were arrested Friday and charged with possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, possession with intent to distribute suboxone, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, and possession of firearms while committing a crime of violence.

The charges are a result of a six-month investigation during which Tiverton and Little Compton police conducted several controlled purchases of oxycodone and marijuana.

A bail hearing is scheduled for Dec. 13.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rhode Island Drunk Driving and Drug Case: Police Called For Intoxicated Teen, Arrest His Brother

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VIA EastBayRI.com

Barrington teenager faces three charges stemming from Saturday incident

BARRINGTON - Barrington Police received a 911 call for an 18-year-old Barrington man possibly overdosing on drugs but later arrested his 16-year-old brother who reportedly became belligerent with officers.

On Saturday, Nov. 26 at about 11:30 p.m., police received a 911 call from someone at St. Andrew's School on Federal Road. The caller said her son was likely overdosing on drugs and needed immediate medical attention.

Police officers and firefighters responded to the area and located the 18-year-old; the teenager's brother and father were trying to restrain the individual. An officer put the 18-year-old in handcuffs and asked him if he had taken any medications. According to the report, the officer could smell the odor of alcohol on the teenager's breath.

Meanwhile, the 16-year-old brother of the allegedly intoxicated teenager started yelling at his sibling. The officers told the younger brother to quiet down, but that only led to him hollering at the police officers. The younger brother grew more unruly and eventually began swearing at the officers, according to the report.

Police then charged the 16-year-old with disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer in the execution of duty and resisting arrest.

Police did not charge the older brother.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Rhode Island Drug and Weapons Case: 2 sentenced for drug & gun trafficking

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VIA WPRI.com


By Melissa Sardelli

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (WPRI) - Two men charged with trafficking drugs and firearms in Woonsocket have been sentenced to federal prison.

Anthony Otero, 39, of New York was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. Aaron M. Swan, 24, of Woonsocket, was sentenced to 5 years in federal prison.

Both of the men will have 3 years of supervised release once they are finished serving their prison sentences.

The arrests were a result of a two-year long investigation by local and federal authorities.

So far, 19 people have been charged, more than three dozen firearms and drugs including crack cocaine, marijuana, and ecstasy pills have been seized.

Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Carey launched the investigation with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the ATF, targeting those individuals who were "compromising the quality of life" of Woonsocket residents.

Otero and Swan pleaded guilty to various charges in August 2011.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Rhode Island Drunk Driving Cases: Four Charged With Duis In Barrington Over The Weekend

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VIA EAST BAY RI ONLINE

- Barrington Police charged four individuals — including two East Bay residents — with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol over the past weekend.


Early Friday morning, at 1:04 a.m., a Barrington Police patrolman stopped a vehicle driven by Providence resident David Adler after he noticed the car had an expired registration decal. Upon approaching the car, the patrolman could reportedly smell the odor of marijuana and he also noticed three cans of beer inside the vehicle.


He eventually ordered Mr. Adler, 19, to perform a field sobriety test, which he reportedly failed. A later search of the car allegedly revealed three 16 ounce beers, an unopened bottle of wine and a marijuana

cigarette.


Police charged Mr. Adler with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol-first offense, refusal to submit to a chemical test, possession of marijuana-first offense, and driving in possession of a controlled substance.

Police did not charge the two passengers.


Early Sunday morning, at 1:26 a.m., a police officer stopped a vehicle being driven by Warren resident Nelson M. Santos, 28, after the officer reportedly saw the car swerving on Route 114 south.


Upon approaching the driver’s side window of the car, the officer could allegedly smell alcohol coming from the driver’s breath and ordered a field sobriety test, which Mr. Santos reportedly failed. Police charged Mr. Santos with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol-first offense, and refusal to submit to a chemical test.


Four hours later, at 5:07 a.m., police charged Julio G. Gomes, 53, of Waterbury, Conn. with DUI-first offense. An officer on a traffic post on Middle Highway reportedly saw the vehicle Mr. Gomes was driving swerve numerous times. A breathalyzer test later revealed that Mr. Gomes’ blood alcohol level was nearly twice the legal limit at .144.


On Monday morning, Nov. 7, at 1:49 a.m., police responded to a single car accident in the area of 150 Middle Highway. The first officer to respond saw a man — Joseph A. Keough, 45, of 19 Terrace Drive — standing outside his car; it appeared the car had just struck a telephone pole.


Mr. Keough reportedly told police that he had not been driving the car, and that another man had been behind the wheel at the time of the accident. He said that other man, whom he would not describe or name, ran into the woods after the accident.


Mr. Keough also reportedly told police that he had not been drinking; officers offered a different opinion and said that they could smell a strong odor of alcohol coming from Mr. Keough. Police said the car was registered to Mr. Keough.


The suspect refused to take a breathalyzer test and would not submit to any field sobriety tests. Police charged Mr. Keough with driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol-first offense and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Recent RI Drug Case: North Kingstown woman arrested on drug charges


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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL ONLINE

November 7, 2011

By Maria Armental


NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. -- A local woman has been arrested on drug and disorderly conduct charges.


Jessica LaFlamme, 23, of 13 Union Dr., Apt. 307, faces charges of possession of crack cocaine with intent to deliver, possession of marijuana, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.


The North Kingstown police obtained a warrant to search LaFlamme's apartment as a result of an investigation into drug activity at the Heritage Village apartment complex.


On Monday morning, the North Kingstown police, Westerly Police K-9 Officer Timothy Manfredi and a special agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration searched LaFlamme's apartment and seized three grams of uncut crack cocaine, $500 in cash, and other drug paraphernalia.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Recent RI case: Five Lincoln High students arrested at homecoming dance


**If the police have charged you or a loved one with a drug or alcohol charge contact
Attorney Matthew T. Marin today for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and a no non-sense opinion regarding your case at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.
Attorney Matthew T. Marin has experience handling cases statewide involving charges stemming from the possession of alcohol and possession, distribution and cultivation of marijuana.**


VIA WPRO online


Lincoln police arrested five Lincoln High School students at the school's homecoming dance for possession of alcohol and marijuana.


At the dance on Friday, October 29, one adult and four juveniles were arrested after school administrators called Lincoln police about an unresponsive student, who was the victim of an apparent alcohol poisoning.

After searching the vehicle in which the arrested students arrived, police seized marijuana and alcohol.

Nicholas DeMeo, the only legal adult among the group at 18-years-old, has been charged with Possession of Marijuana. The four other juvenile students were charged with Possession of Alcohol by an Underage Person and released to their parents.

DeMeo will be arraigned in the 3rd District Court on November 18.

Recent RI Drug and Weapons case: Pawtucket man arrested on drug and weapon charges in Providence

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

By Maria Armental

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A Pawtucket man out on bail on a domestic incident was arrested Wednesday night in Providence on drug and weapon charges.

Around 9:30 p.m., the police said, detectives Patrick M. Potter and Kris S. Poplaski spotted a car at a Providence property being watched in an ongoing drug investigation.

The detectives followed the car to West Exchange Street. As officers interviewed the driver and four occupants, they noticed a man in the back seat appeared to conceal something in his pocket.

The police recovered a pistol, and charged Eugene Reid, 30, with possession of a weapon without a license, possession of a weapon after being convicted of a crime of violence, and possession with intent to deliver of a Class D drug.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Recent RI Drug Case: Two accused of drug trafficking in Glocester arrested in Providence

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL


GLOCESTER, R.I. -- Two former Glocester residents who were targets of a months-long investigation by the Glocester police were arraigned before Judge Pamela Woodcock-Pfeiffer Thursday following their arrest at their Providence home.

Police said Michael Pinto, 29, and Lois Stafford, 19, were arrested at their home on Ridge Street on charges of selling cocaine and marijuana out of their former residence on Money Hill Road, Glocester. Police said they found drugs and two semi-automatic pistols in the house.

Pinto was ordered held without bail, pending a hearing on Nov. 3. Stafford was held on $10,000 bail, pending a hearing Dec. 15.

The arrests were carried out by the Glocester police and the Rhode Island State Police Fugitive and Narcotic Task Force.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces A Successful Result for A Client Facing A Charge of Driving Under the Influence

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a successful result for a client facing the charge of Driving Under the Influence, second offense, with blood alcohol content results over 0.15 and Driving with a Suspended License (based on the prior DUI). If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island Drunk Driving or , contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGE:
(1) DUI - Second Offense - B.A.C. Over 0.15 (min. mandatory 6 months jail)

(2) Driving with a Suspended License (suspended as a result of a DUI)
POLICE REPORT:
The Police stopped and approached a motor vehicle on the side of the road with its lights on at 1:30 am. Upon approaching the vehicle, the Police observed the Client passed out behind the wheel with the vehicle running. The Police turned the vehicle off and woke up the Client. The Client was incoherent and a rescue was called. The Client was taken to the hospital where field sobriety tests were conducted. After failing the tests, a blood draw was conducted that returned blood alcohol content readings of 222 mg/Dl. The Client was then charged with DUI - Second Offense with B.A.C. readings over 0.15 and driving with a suspended license (suspended as a result of the prior DUI).
RESULTS:
(1) REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING
and sentenced to one-year of probation (with no loss of license)
(2) DISMISSED

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Friday, September 30, 2011

RI MEDICAL MARIJUANA NEWS: Governor scraps medical marijuana plan for Rhode Island

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VIA REUTERS
By Zach Howard

State-run medical marijuana dispensaries will not be coming to Rhode Island after Governor Lincoln Chafee scrapped the plan for fear it was illegal under federal law.

Chafee, who had earlier vowed support for the measure, said he decided the state's planned dispensaries could violate superseding federal law and become a target of federal law enforcement efforts.

"Federal injunctions, seizures, forfeitures, arrests and prosecutions will only hurt the patients and caregivers that our law was designed to protect," the governor said in the statement late Thursday.

Before his reversal, Chafee had hoped to implement a 2009 law passed by Rhode Island's General Assembly allowing marijuana distribution through three state-run, so-called "compassion centers."

The measure authorized growing and selling marijuana to patients with debilitating illnesses, such as cancer, AIDS, and glaucoma.

Currently, 16 states and the District of Columbia allow the drug for medical use.

One of them is Montana, where in March federal agents raided state-sanctioned medical marijuana greenhouses and dispensaries in several cities, prompting an outcry from legalized pot suppliers. The busts, the first since Montana legalized marijuana for medical purposes in 2004, appeared to mark a reversal of federal policy set in 2009 that tolerated state-approved dispensaries.

Threatening a similar crackdown in Rhode Island, both the U.S. Department of Justice and Rhode Island's U.S. Attorney, Peter Neronha, this year said commercial operations such as the state-run dispensaries would be potential targets of "vigorous" criminal and civil enforcement efforts by the federal government.

Dropping the dispensary plan means that patients in Rhode Island will have to continue to grow their own marijuana, buy the drug illegally from "street" dealers, or acquire it from over 2,500 licensed caregivers in the state. Many have said they would prefer to use dispensaries for a convenient, safe, regulated option for quality marijuana.

Medical marijuana advocates decried Chafee's decision.

"We are shocked, outraged and really hurt all at the same time," JoAnne Leppanen, executive director of Providence-based Rhode Island Patient Advocacy Coalition, told Reuters.

Keith Stroup, legal counsel with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, or NORML, a Washington, D.C.-based marijuana smoker's lobby, said his group was disappointed with Chafee's action.

"He's using the threat of federal enforcement somehow coming into the state as a justification to refuse to implement the medical marijuana dispensary provisions that previously have been approved," he said.

But long-time opponents including state Representative Doreen Costa cheered the plan's demise.

"I am very happy that he did that," said Costa, a Republican, who said some of her constituents did not want a dispensary in their district.

"Mainly the concern was, in the state of Rhode Island, marijuana is illegal, period. So if he wanted to open up the compassion centers, people would go buy the marijuana and I know they would be selling it on the street," Costa said.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

RECENT MARIJUANA CASE: R.I. man charged in N.Y. with drug possession

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL ONLINE BLOG

HARRISON, N.Y. -- A Rhode Island man has been charged with possessing about 6.5 pounds of marijuana, according to the news website lohud.com.

Tron R. Griffith, 21, of Woonsocket, was arrested Wednesday, the website said.

The police said they found six large plastic bags of marijuana on the floor.

Griffith was released on $2,000 bail and is to appear Tuesday in Town Court.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

RI Shoplifting Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces the DISMISSAL of Shoplifting Charges

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a recent victory for a client facing a Rhode Island Shoplifting Charge. If you need assistance or are facing RI Shoplifting Charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGES: MISDEMEANOR SHOPLIFTING
POLICE REPORT: Police responded to a local store for a report of shoplifting. Upon arrival, the Police discovered that loss prevention had detained the Client after they witnessed the Client and her companion select and conceal an assortment of merchandise. The Client and her companion then exited the store without paying for the concealed merchandise. The Police then arrested the client and charged her with misdemeanor shoplifting (first offense).
RESULT: DISMISSED

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Rhode Island DUI Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces A Not Guilty Verdict for A Client Facing A Charge of Driving Under the Influence

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a NOT GUILTY VERDICT for a client facing the charge of Driving Under the Influence with blood alcohol content results over 0.15. If you need assistance or are facing Rhode Island Drunk Driving or Breathalyzer Refusal Charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGE: DUI - Driving Under the Influence (Blood Alcohol Content Over 0.15)
POLICE REPORT:
The Police on routine patrol observed the Client make an abrupt u-turn without using a turn signal. The Police, after observing the u-turn, began following the vehicle. The Police observed the vehicle cross over the double yellow lines while traveling. At this point, the Police initiated a motor vehicle stop. Upon speaking with the Client, the Police immediately detected an odor of alcohol emanating from the Client's breath and observed his eyes to be bloodshot, watery, and droopy. The Client then performed three standardized field sobriety tests, failing each test. The Police then requested that the Client submit to a preliminary breath test, to which he consented. The Client blood alcohol content was estimated at 0.158 on the preliminary breath test. The Client was then placed under arrest and transported to the police station. At the station, the Police requested that he submit to a chemical test to which he consented. The Client's blood aclohol content at the station registered at 0.150 and 0.154. The Client was then charged with Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol with readings over 0.15.
RESULT: NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL on September 6th, 2011

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

RHODE ISLAND DRUG & WEAPONS CASE: 15-year sentence given in drugs, weapons case

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL ONLINE

By Thomas J. Morgan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ A North Smithfield man who injured two police officers as they awaited a search warrant to search the man's apartment for drugs and firearms, breaking the hand of one of them, has been sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha said Wednesday.

Wayne Simon, 36, pleaded guilty in May 2011 to a four-count federal indictment charging him with possessing cocaine and oxycodone with the intent to distribute, possessing marijuana with the intent to distribute, and with being a felon in possession of ammunition, Neronha said in a news release.

Simon's sentence was imposed by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Mary M. Lisi.

According to court documents and information presented to the court by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sandra R. Hebert, on Nov. 55, 2010, North Smithfield police obtained a search warrant to search Simon's residence based on information developed by detectives regarding Simon's cocaine and marijuana trafficking, and his possession and use of firearms. Officers secured Simon's residence while awaiting the arrival of detectives with the search warrant.

As they waited, Simon arrived and attempted to force his way past the officers to enter his residence. When officers attempted to stop him, Simon violently resisted the officers; Neronha said. The defendant injured two officers before he was eventually subdued. One of the officers suffered a broken hand, requiring surgery.

A search of Simon's residence resulted in the confiscation of 327 grams of cocaine, 2,244 grams of marijuana, 353 oxycodone pills, a quantity of the drug ecstasy, and numerous other pills. Detectives also found packaging material, ledgers, 5 scales, 37 rounds of Federal .22 caliber ammunition, 5 rounds of Remington 9 mm ammunition, and 10 rounds of El Dorado Cartridge Corporation 9mm ammunition. Detectives also found a safe containing $29,100, which was the proceeds of drug trafficking.

Simon has been detained since his arrest.

Monday, August 8, 2011

RHODE ISLAND DRUG CASE: Pawtucket Police Make Marijuana Arrest

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL ONLINE

By Amanda Milkovits

PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- A man suspected of dealing marijuana was arrested Tuesday after narcotics detectives found a pound of the drug in his apartment, according to the Pawtucket police.

Adam D. Waters, 28, who'd been charged with marijuana possession before, had been under investigation by the department's special squad. When detectives approached him outside his residence at 1109 Newport Ave. on Tuesday, he ran away -- dropping a bag of marijuana as he fled, said Maj. Arthur Martins.

The detectives caught Waters and then, using a search warrant, entered his apartment, where they found a pound of marijuana worth about $2,000, plus about $700 cash, Martins said.

Waters was dealing marijuana on the street, Martins said, and detectives found packaging material in his apartment during their search.

Waters was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, distributing near a school, and maintaining a common nuisance. He was arraigned Wednesday and ordered held without bail.

Waters has previously pleaded no contest to charges of marijuana possession, in 2007 and twice in 2003, according to court records. Each time, he received a year's suspended sentence and probation.

Monday, August 1, 2011

RI Domestic Assault Defense Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces a Recent NOT GUILTY Verdict for a Client Charged with Domestic Assault and Battery

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a recent NOT GUILTY verdict for a client facing a charge of Domestic Simple Assault. If you need assistance or are facing a Rhode Island Domestic Assault charge or other Domestic Violence charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGE: SIMPLE ASSAULT - DOMESTIC
POLICE REPORT:
The complaining witness reported to a local police department that the night prior her ex-boyfriend had been arguing with her. She told the Police that she had attempted to leave the apartment repeatedly and that the Defendant had physically restrained her from leaving by pushing her, grabbing her face, and pinning her to the ground. The complaining witness alleged that while the Defendant was physically restraining her he was screaming repeatedly in her face. The physical altercation allegedly left bruises on the complaining witness' arms and face. Based on the information provided to the Police, an arrest warrant charging the Defendant was Domestic Assault was issued for the Defendant's arrest.
RESULT: NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

RI Domestic Assault Defense Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces the DISMISSAL of Domestic Assault Charges

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a recent victory for a client facing a charge of Domestic Assault. If you need assistance or are facing a Rhode Island Domestic Assault or Domestic Violence charge, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGE: SIMPLE ASSAULT - DOMESTIC
POLICE REPORT:
Police responded to a 911 call with medical personnel to a local residence. Upon their arrival, they observed the alleged victim to have physical injuries including cuts, scrapes, and bruises. The alleged victim described an incident to the police in which the Client, while intoxicated, attacked the alleged victim during an argument. He indicated that the Client began kicking, punching, scratching, and hitting him. Based on the alleged victim's statements to the police and the observations of physical injuries the Client was charged with one count of simple assault of a domestic nature (domestic assault).
RESULT: DISMISSED AT TRIAL

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RHODE ISLAND DRUG CASE: Police Charge Medical Marijuana Patient with Felony Cultivation of Marijuana

In today's current legal environment, medical marijuana patients must take extra precaution to avoid being wrongfully charged by the police. Medical marijuana patients statewide are being targeted and charged with major drug felonies including possession with intent to deliver marijuana and cultivation of marijuana. These charges, as one can see from the story below, have been levied upon individuals in compliance with Rhode Island's Medical Marijuana Laws. The law can be difficult to discern and apply in real life scenarios. If the police have charged you or a loved one with a drug charged related to your possession, cultivation, or use of medical marijuana call me today for a free consultation. I have handled cases statewide involving charges stemming from the possession and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes. Call me now for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and a no non-sense opinion regarding your case.**

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VIA THE EAST PROVIDENCE PATCH

By Scott Pickering

A 37-year-old Woonsocket man tried to keep officers out of his third-floor apartment by saying it was too messy, but they overlooked the mess to nail him with $900 worth of pot, a grinder, a scale and $1,512 in cash. Officers were originally called to the third-floor apartment after someone reported bottles being thrown from the roof. When the tenant answered the door, he told officers someone had thrown a rock through his attic window and broken it, and denied throwing bottles. Police asked to see the window and the man said he would rather not show them because the area was messy. Once they entered the apartment, officers noticed a small marijuana grow operation with several young plants.

He told officers he had a prescription for medical marijuana and produced a card from Colorado, saying that he had recently moved and was awaiting his Rhode Island card, which was in the mail. Instead of waiting for the card, police charged him with felony manufacture/delivery/possession of marijuana.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

RHODE ISLAND DRUG CASE: 15 Arrested in Large Scale Cocaine Sting

**If you or a loved one are facing Drug Charges, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, oxycontin, and other prescription drugs, call Attorney Matthew Marin for a FREE CASE EVALUATION and a no non-sense opinion regarding your case.**

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VIA THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

By Donita Naylor

NORTH SCITUATE, R.I. -- Thirteen customers of a suspected large-scale cocaine distributor were arrested Friday, bringing to 15 the number arrested in what the R.I. State Police have dubbed "Operation Under the Radar."

State Police Superintendent Steven G. O'Donnell announced Friday that an investigation was launched in December to find out more about a man known only as "Junior," thought to be distributing cocaine using two vehicles containing hidden, electronically operated compartments.

With court authorization from Superior Court Judge Alice Gibney, multiple law enforcement agencies "maintained continued electronic audio intercept surveillance" between April 29 and May 18, recording more than 1,100 cell phone calls, O'Donnell's release said.

On May 18, the task force arrested Franklin Then-Bello, aka "Junior," 116 Lenox Ave., 101 Miner St., and 64 Calla St., Providence, and seized 800 grams of cocaine, drug packaging paraphernalia and the two motor vehicles.

O'Donnell said in a press release that Then-Bello maintained two addresses in the city and often stayed overnight at other locations.

Then-Bello was charged with possession of more than an ounce of cocaine and possession with intent to deliver. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer was also placed on him for illegal re-entry after deportation, O'Donnell said.

An alleged accomplice of Then-Bello was arrested May 20. Kevin A. Bissel, 53, of 158 Main St. in Pennyan, N.Y. was charged with possession of more than an ounce of cocaine and possession with intent to deliver. O'Donnel's release said that Bissel was in possesssion about 150 grams of cocaine and drug packaging materials.

Then, Friday, customers identified in the cell phone calls were arrested on warrants. According to the press release, they are:

James L. Brown, 61, 231 Rhodes St., Providence, on two counts of soliciting another to commit a crime.

Edward P. Medeiros, 45, 14 Cushman Ave., East Providence, on two counts of soliciting another to commit a crime.

Marc LaForge, 49, of 6 Appian Way, East Providence, on two counts of soliciting another to commit a crime.

Daniel S. Benevides, 37, 459 Child St., Warren, on two counts of soliciting another to commit a crime.

Joao Pimental, 54, 325 Child St., Warren, on two counts of soliciting another to commit a crime.

Stephen J. Restivo, 62, 20 Croade St., Warren, on two counts of soliciting another to commit a crime.

Patricia A. Guido, 53, 118 Water St., Warren, on two counts of soliciting another to commit a crime.

Norman M. Barnkowski, 47, 13 Parker Ave., Warren, on two counts of soliciting another to commit a crime.

William G. Destefano, 42, 1 Hezekiah Drive, Warren, on one count of soliciting another to commit a crime.

Robert P. Dellaire, 46, 833 Main St., Warren, on one count of soliciting another to commit a crime.

Ron J. Charves, 34, 24 Beach St., Warren, on one count of soliciting another to commit a crime.

Scott Circosta, 49, 11 Lucas Ave. Newport, on one count of soliciting another to commit a crime.

Richard M. Reyes, 22, 128 Canterbury St., Apt #1 F, Worcester, Mass., on one count of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Police to Step Up DUI Enforcement Over the Memorial Day Weekend

**With an increased presence on Rhode Island roadways over this long holiday weekend, Police will be looking to step up enforcement of Rhode Island's DUI laws. In an effort to stay safe and enjoy your weekend, we have three simple tips:

(1) If you have been drinking, don't drive. This protects you and others on the road.

(2) If you have been stooped by the police while driving, for any reason, and are asked to take (or told to take) roadside field sobriety tests, know that you have the right to refuse to take those tests and your refusal to perform roadside field sobriety tests cannot be used against you.

(3) If you are asked to submit to a chemical test (either the breathalyzer or a blood test), ALWAYS speak with a skilled and experienced Rhode Island DUI lawyer before making that decision. The Police must afford you the opportunity to make that phone call BEFORE you make your choice.

If you have been charged with drunk driving (DUI) in Rhode Island, it is critically important that you speak with a Rhode Island DUI lawyer as soon as possible to ensure all your rights are being protected. Some evidence in DUI cases is routinely destroyed shortly after you have been charged and a experienced DUI lawyer will know how to preserve that potentially exculpatory evidence.

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Via The Johnston Patch.com

Memorial Day Weekend is traditionally the start of the summer vacation and travel season. We can expect an increase in the volume of traffic along the highways throughout the state. Therefore, patrols will be vigorously concentrating on speeders, aggressive and reckless drivers, and we will be assigning additional patrols to DUI enforcement. Additionally, unmarked and low profile vehicles will be utilized by patrols to maximize the deterrent effort.