Wednesday, March 30, 2011

MA, RI Officials Team Up on Drug Bust

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VIA ABC 6 NEWS:

Monday, Rhode Island and Massachusetts officials announced the results of an extensive wiretap investigation they called "Operation Night Out," which resulted in 5 arrests, and the seizure of money, drugs, ammunition, and vehicles.

The investigation took 6 months, and was centered around Jonathan Coombs, and Brandon Braddock, the owners and operators of Entourage Limousine in North Attleboro. Through the investigation, officials were able to discover that Mr. Coombs, and Mr. Braddock were selling drugs.

By using a court authorized wiretap, officials were able to find out that Coombs, and Braddock were using their limousine company for illegal operations, and selling large amounts of marijuana.

Braddock and Coombs were arraigned in Attleboro District Court on Friday, and released on $5,000 cash bail.


As a result of the investigation, other arrests were made as well. Alan Moulton of Bellingham, Ma was arrested, and arrest warrants have been issued for Thomas Gannon, and Elaine Keevan, both of Marion. All defendants have been charged with violations of controlled substance laws in RI and MA.

Officials say other arrests may still be forthcoming.

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: The Client, an international student attending school in the United States on a Student Visa, was shopping at a local mall. During the course of shopping, the Client paid for some items but failed to pay for others that she was carrying. The Client then passed all points of sale and exited the store without paying for a few items that she was carrying. Store security then detained her, the police were summonsed, and the Client was charged with misdemeanor shoplifting (first offense).
RESULTS: DISMISSED

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Monday, March 28, 2011

RI Drug Defense Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces the DISMISSAL of Possession of Marijuana Charges

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a recent victory for a client facing the charge of possession of marijuana (first offense) brought by a local police department. If you need assistance or are facing a Rhode Island Drug Charge or other criminal charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGE:
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA (FIRST OFFENSE)
POLICE REPORT: Campus Security was notified of an odor of marijuana emanating from a dorm suite. When the Campus Security arrived at the room, they also noticed the strong odor of burnt marijuana emanating from the dorm suite. Campus Security knocked and entered the room. Marijuana and smoking implements were clearly visible on the coffee table as Campus Security entered the dorm room. The occupants were asked who was responsible for the marijuana, and the Client admitted possessing the marijuana. The local police were summonsed and the suspected marijuana was field tested positive. The Client was charged with simple possession of marijuana (first offense).
RESULT: DISMISSED

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

RI Criminal Defense Lawyer Matthew T. Marin announces the DISMISSAL of Simple Assault and Disorderly Conduct Charges

Attorney Matthew T. Marin announces a recent victory for a client facing an assault charges and disorderly conduct charges. If you need assistance or are facing a Rhode Island Assault Charges, contact Attorney Matthew T. Marin at 401-228-8271 or mm@matthewtmarin.com.

CHARGES: (1) SIMPLE ASSAULT and (2) DISORDERLY CONDUCT
POLICE REPORT: A large crowd gathered around a woman who appeared to be assaulting a young boy. The crowd began yelling at the woman, screaming at her to stop hurting the child. Allegedly, the Client was part of this large group. According to a witness who was across the street, the Client walked up to the woman and punched her in the head causing her to fall to the ground where the crowd began assaulting her. The witness standing across the street notified the police who arrived and, based on the witness' statement, arrested the Client charging her with simple assault and disorderly conduct.
RESULT: BOTH CHARGES DISMISSED

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Monday, March 21, 2011

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

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


CHARGES:
COUNT 1: DOMESTIC ASSAULT
COUNT 2: DOMESTIC VANDALISM
POLICE REPORT:
Police were dispatched to a Shell Gas Station parking lot for a report of a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival, the police spoke with the alleged Victim who explained that she had been in a physical altercation and that the Client had allegedly punched her in the mouth and bit her on her forearm. The police observed the Victim to have a fat lip and a bite mark on her right forearm. The Victim went on to state that the Client had smashed her front windshield and damaged the interior of the passenger side doors. Police corroborated the damage to the vehicle. The police placed the Client into custody charging her with domestic assault and domestic vandalism.
RESULTS:
COUNT 1: DISMISSED
COUNT 2: DISMISSED

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

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RHODE ISLAND DRUG CASE IN THE NEWS

Rhode Island Drug Defense Lawyer Matthew Marin thought you may be interested in this recent Rhode Island crack cocaine drug case:

Via THE PROVIDENCE JOURNAL:

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A 22-year-old North Providence man has been ordered held without bail following his arrest on narcotics charges.

Elroy Orlando Crump, of 3 Polly Drive, was picked up by state police in Lincoln March 11 on a North Providence warrant charging him with the possession and distribution of crack cocaine.

Police said that when they went to Crump's home on March 8, they seized 169 pieces of crack cocaine with an estimated street value of $5,040, other loose chunks of a white-rock substance valued at $5,000, and razor blades and scales commonly used in the distribution of drugs.

Justice of the Peace Bernard Lemos conducted a special arraignment on March 11 and ordered Crump to be held without bail.


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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Significant Alterations to Rhode Island's Marijuana Laws May Lay Ahead

Via PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Two key committees of the state House of Representatives on Wednesday will take up a host of proposals regulating marijuana.

One bill, sponsored by Rep. Edith H. Ajello, D- Providence, would legalize, regulate and tax the drug.

Another bill, sponsored by Rep. Rene Menard, D-Lincoln, would tax the soon-to-be-opened medical marijuana dispensaries that will be licensed and regulated by the state to grow and sell the drug.

And still another bill, submitted by Rep. John G. Edwards, D-Tiverton, would decriminalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana, making it a civil offense subject to a $150 fine.

Consideration of the bills, a number of which have been introduced in years past, come close on the heels of two significant developments in the state-sanctioned medical marijuana industry.

Last Tuesday, Governor Chafee unveiled his first budget, proposing a surcharge equal to 4 percent of a compassion center's "net patient revenue" as well as a new 6-percent sales tax on the retail sale of medical marijuana.

The governor estimated the state can generate more than $1.35 million in new revenue from the proposed marijuana taxes and surcharges in the fiscal year that begins July 1.

This Tuesday, the state Department of Health announced the first three recipients of a state license to open a marijuana dispensary. The applicants were chosen among 18 other non-profit organizations.

The House Finance Committee will take up Ajello and Menard's proposals at a hearing at 1 p.m.

The House Judiciary Committee will take up the Edwards proposal and four other marijuana-related bills following the regular afternoon House session at 4 p.m.

Among those four other bills, which have all been submitted by Rep. Roberto DaSilva, D-East Providence, are proposals to give landlords the right not to lease an apartment to a person who intends to grow medical marijuana and a proposal to make a second offense of possession of marijuana a misdemeanor.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Big Changes Proposed to Rhode Island Criminal Laws

Via the PROVIDENCE JOURNAL

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island's new attorney general, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin, has been in office for just 2 1/2 months. But the former Pawtucket police officer and legislator, now a lawyer who served for 20 years in the state House of Representatives, has just submitted a raft of bills that target everything from lax policing of home care attendants, to residential mortgage fraud, deceptive trade practices, cyber-crimes, drunken driving and public-corruption.

And there are more bills to come. While his staffers are remaining mum about the specifics, Kilmartin is currently working on proposed legislation that would amend the state's medical marijuana-law. There's also a bill being drafted that would give local law enforcement agencies more authority to police gambling gaming facilities.

In a lengthy interview last week, Kilmartin outlined his ambitious legislative agenda for 2011. All of the proposed bills will require a hearing before they come up for a vote. Some measures are mirror images of bills that Kilmartin tried to get enacted when he was a House member. Others incorporate initiatives his Democratic predecessor, Patrick C. Lynch, tried to push through. But some of the bills are newly minted and stem from what Kilmartin sees as flaws in Rhode Island's legal landscape as well as a heap of societal issues.

The bills would require licensure of personal care attendants who help the elderly and disabled in their homes, broaden the reach of current state laws aimed at Internet crime, and add a new arsenal of offenses that prosecutors could charge when going after corrupt public officials.

Kilmartin is also proposing legislation that by July of this year - the US government deadline - would put Rhode Island in compliance with the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act sex-offender registration laws (SORNA) -- an initiative that Lynch, his predecessor, said was too costly for the state to contemplate doing in such a short time span but which Kilmartin claims can be accomplished without additional cost to the state.

Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for Kilmartin, said that if the state did not comply by the deadline, Rhode Island could lose up to $650,000 annually in federal funding for justice initiatives on the state and local level which she said would be more than it would cost to implement the SORNA mandates. "And if we implement the act, the state police have been assured they'd receive $200,000 to establish the web-based notification process," she said.

SORNA contains some provisions that have been controversial nationally - including the requirement that certain juvenile sex offenders who are adjudicated in the Family Court - register on an Internet database, and retroactive registration requirements for some offenders who were convicted and punished for sex crimes years ago.
One of the bills Kilmartin has submitted is aimed at attacking the state's huge problem with drunken drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 40 percent of 2009 highway driving fatalities in Rhode Island involved drivers who were alcohol-impaired, 25 percent above the national average.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Rhode Island Shoplifting Defense Lawyer Matthew T. Marin Announces the DISMISSAL of a RI Shoplifting Charge

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


CHARGES: MISDEMEANOR SHOPLIFTING
POLICE REPORT:
The Client was observed, via store security camera, to place items underneath her shopping cart while browsing throughout the store. The Client eventually proceeded to the register and paid for some items. However, the Client failed to pay for certain items which were hidden by the paid for items. The Client then left the store passing the last checkout. Store security proceeded to stop the Client and locate the unpaid-for items in her shopping cart. The Store security wished to press charges and the Client was charged with Misdemeanor Shoplifting, first offense.
RESULT: DISMISSED


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