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Possession of Cocaine Charges Successfully Resolved in Providence County Superior Court on April 14th, 2023

April 2023


Attorney Kensley Barrett of the Marin and Barrett Law Firm successfully defended a client charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) less than 10 grams. On February 3rd, 2022, the client was a passenger in a motor vehicle stopped by a Central Falls Police Officer at about 11 pm. Due to the suspicious behavior of the vehicle's occupants, a search was conducted, which revealed a small bag containing a white powder substance in the client's left shoe. The substance was seized, and the client was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Lab testing later confirmed that the substance was cocaine.

The client was arrested by the Central Falls Police and charged with possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) less than 10 grams. The attorney enrolled the client in an outpatient treatment program, which they successfully completed. At the first Pre-Arraignment Conference (PAC) date, the attorney provided mitigation to the prosecution and the court, including information about the client's employment, lack of a criminal record, and substance abuse treatment. The prosecution agreed to defer the case for a period of one year. The client avoids a conviction, and the case is eligible to be sealed/expunged after the one-year deferred period expires.

CASE RESULTS: ONE YEAR DEFERRED SENTENCE which will be eligible for expungement upon completion (no further trouble) of the deferred sentence on April 14th, 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 Matthew Marin and Kensley 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.