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Felony Drug Possession Charge Reduced to Frequenting a Narcotics Nuisance in the Kent County Superior Court

January 2018


At the Law Offices of Matthew T. Marin, Esq., Inc., we are extremely pleased to report the reduction of felony drug possession charges in the Kent County Superior Court on January 30th, 2018.  Our Client had been arrested by the Rhode Island State Police for felony possession of cocaine after the vehicle he was a passenger in was stopped as it travelled through the State of Rhode Island.  While other passengers were being questioned by the State Police, our Client allegedly threw a baggie of cocaine out the window into the roadway. The Client was then arrested and charged with felony possession of a controlled substance.

Once the case proceeded to the Kent County Superior Court, we raised several legal arguments with the strongest involving the length of the detention by the State Police prior to our Client's arrest.  According to the case of Rodriguez v. United States, Police Officers conducting a routine traffic stop must conclude their stop within 8-10 minutes unless they develop additional evidence to continue a criminal investigation beyond the duration necessary for the initial justification for the stop.  In our Client's case, the stop extended well beyond the 8-10 minute timeframe outlined by the United States Supreme Court in Rodriguez.  If the case had proceeded to a suppression hearing, we believe that there was a very strong case that the drugs would have been suppressed and excluded from introduction into evidence as the product of an unlawful detention.  In the end, the Prosecution agreed to reduct the charge from felony drug possession to misdemeanor frequenting a narcotics nuisance and the case was filed for one year with our Client agreeing to stay out of trouble for one year and to complete 20 hours of non-profit community service.

RESULT: FELONY DRUG POSSESSION REDUCED TO MISDEMEANOR FREQUENTING A NARCOTICS NUISANCE resulting in one year filing with twenty hours of community service on January 30th, 2018

Practice area(s): Criminal Defense

Court: Kent County Superior Court

Matthew Marin

My name is Attorney Matthew Marin. I have dedicated my career to defending those charged with criminal offenses throughout Rhode Island. If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a criminal offense, we understand that are likely in an unfamiliar situation that can be extremely intimidating and even paralyzing. You may feel as if you do not know where to turn or who to ask for help. Fortunately, you have come to the right place to begin your search for answers and a successful resolution to your situation. We have extensive experience assisting thousands of clients facing drunk driving charges, domestic violence charges, and drug charges throughout Rhode Island.

Attorney Marin Named A SuperLawyer for Eight Consecutive Years 2014-2021

Attorney Matthew Marin has been named a Rhode Island SuperLawyer for 9 consecutive years from 2014 thru 2022. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in Rhode Island are selected by the Research Team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers selects lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement in their practice area.

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Attorneys Marin and Barrett are both Rhode Island General Members of the National College for DUI Defense. Members represent some of the most experienced and cutting edge DUI defense attorney's throughout the Country. Nationwide, DUI laws are extremely complex and constantly changing and the College facilitates the exchange of innovative defenses throughout the Country.