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Drug Distribution

Drug Distribution Charges

Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney

Despite the apparent drug law reform that is slowly gaining momentum around the country, drug charges are still considered one of the most serious offenses in the state of Rhode Island. In particular, drug distribution accusations can lead to a trial and prosecution that the government, both state and federal, are intent to win. If a conviction is the end result, a person’s life and livelihood can be ruined forever.

If you are staring down the criminal justice system after you have been accused of distributing illegal drugs, you need to start thinking about how you are going to win your case. Empower yourself with Providence Criminal Defense Attorney Jason Knight, who has handled thousands of criminal defense cases throughout his career. Our firm’s priority is reducing your charges or having them dropped altogether; there is no amount of effort that is too much when our clients’ wellbeing are on the line.


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What is Drug Distribution?

For many people in Rhode Island accused of drug distribution, the details of their charges are not exactly clear. In many arrest scenarios, the police will state the charge but no specifics, leaving the defendant scratching their head about what has happened. Some legal statutes are intentionally left vague to add to this confusion and increase the number of arrests that can be made based on the charges.

The following actions could constitute distributing drugs:

  • Selling a controlled substance for profit
  • Sharing a marijuana joint with another person
  • Handing someone an illegal narcotic
  • Asking someone to temporarily hold a drug
  • Storing illegal drugs in a vehicle or portable container

If it looks like the drug could be transported or transferred to police, they can call it drug distribution instead of simple possession. You should be aware that drug distribution convictions almost always have heavier penalties than possession, which could include:

  • More than a year in jail
  • Thousands in fines
  • Mandatory drug rehabilitation courses

Federal Might Stands Against You

When someone is booked for drug distribution charges, it sends a red flag to the federal government. No matter how small the amount of narcotics in question, the government will start to suspect that drug trafficking on a larger scale could be at hand. If you were accused of distribution, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) could be exerting their force upon your case and lifting up the prosecution. In so many words, you are in for a legal battle unlike most drug charges.

You Have the Power to Win Your Case

With the help of Rhode Island Criminal Attorney Jason Knight and our law firm, you can stand up to the prosecution, even when the federal government is on their side. Knowing your rights and being willing to defend them is crucial if the criminal justice system is to be kept balanced and honest. Whenever you are arrested for drug distribution, call 401.354.2255 to get in touch with our dedicated legal advocates – we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

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