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Multiple Felony Charges Dismissed in Providence County Superior Court on May 11th, 2023

May 2023

CHARGES:
(1) PANDERING
(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

Kensley Barrett

Attorney Kensley Barrett is a skilled criminal defense lawyer with a proven track record in handling a wide range of cases in Rhode Island. Known for his strong background in trial advocacy and negotiation, Barrett is dedicated to providing personalized and effective representation for his clients. Recognized as a "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers and with a 10.0 "Superb" rating on Avvo, he consistently achieves successful outcomes, including acquittals, dismissals, and reduced charges.

Attorney Marin Named A SuperLawyer for Ten Consecutive Years 2014-2023

Attorney Matthew Marin has been named a Rhode Island SuperLawyer for 10 consecutive years from 2014 thru 2023. 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.


Rhode Island Members of the National College for DUI Defense

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.