Multiple Felony Charges Dismissed in Providence County Superior Court on May 11th, 2023
(2) MASSAGE WITHOUT A LICENSE
(3) MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE
In 2021, our client was charged with 8 separate counts of criminal violations following a raid at a massage parlor in Cranston. The Cranston Police Department alleged that the client, who held a managerial role, was responsible for pandering/permitting prostitution and maintaining a common nuisance, both of which are felony charges, along with staff members providing massages without a license.
Once Marin, Barrett & Murphy were retained, they met with the client, reviewed the police reports, and developed a defense strategy to the charges. The legal team argued that there was no evidence presented that showed the client was aware of any interactions between customers and staff. Furthermore, the client never provided massages for customers, negating the massage without a license allegations.
After successfully arguing their position with the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office, Marin, Barrett & Murphy negotiated a favorable disposition. The result was seven of the eight charges being dismissed, and our client entering into a two-year deferred sentence on a single count of maintaining a common nuisance. The deferred sentence agreement contained no conditions from the Court, except that the client must remain trouble-free for two years. Upon completion of the two-year period, the case will be sealed and removed from our client's record.
The case was resolved in Providence County Superior Court on May 4th, 2023. Seven of the eight charges were dismissed, and the client plead nolo contendere to one count of maintaining a common nuisance and received a two-year deferred sentence.
CASE RESULTS: 7 OF 8 CHARGES DISMISSED AND 2-YEAR DEFERRED SENTENCE ON 1 COUNT OF MAINTAINING A COMMON NUISANCE on May 4th, 2023
Practice area(s): Criminal Defense
Court: Providence Superior Court