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CRIMINAL

Attorney Nee represents clients facing a wide variety of criminal charges. Click on the offense type below to learn more.

Allegations of sexual assault can be the most frightening charges an individual can face.   Not only can the sentences for sex crimes be significantly higher than most other criminal offenses, but conviction often requires a life time requirement of registration as a sex offender.

Criminal Defense Attorney Katie Nee has extensive experience with sexual offenses including the following:

1st Degree Sexual Assault/Rape

2nd Degree Sexual Assault

3rd Degree Sexual Assault/Statutory Rape

1st Degree Child Molestation

2nd Degree Child Molestation

If you or a loved one are charged with any of the above, call us at 401-453-5633 or email Katie at katie@neelawoffice.com.

Child pornography is strictly prohibited under both Rhode Island law and Federal law. Any person who knowingly produces, reproduces, distributes or possess an image of child pornography is subject to the penalties assigned by the state for this crime. These penalties can include fines, terms of imprisonment, probation, and registration as a sex offender.

Possession of Child Pornography charges have been vigorously pursued by the Rhode Island State Police computer crime unit over the last few years. A typical case starts as an investigation into one of the file sharing sites where child pornography can be found and/or traded. Once an IP address is identified as involved in the possession, request or trading of child pornography, police will ascertain the IP user’s information and obtain a search warrant for the user’s computer and electronic data. Rhode Island State Police typically execute the search warrant during the early morning hours when the target of the search warrant is at their most vulnerable. Police want to not only seize the materials containing child pornography, they also want to secure a confession from the target as to their knowing and exclusive possession of child pornography. It is rare to find a target of a search warrant who does not immediately admit to knowing possession of child pornography.  If you are being accused of possession of child pornography, it is very important that you not make any statements to the police.  Confessing or making statements will not help your case and likely will assist the prosecution in convicting you.

When faced with a charge of possession of child pornography, an experienced criminal defense attorney will examine whether the search warrant was  valid, whether any statements made can be suppressed, whether the materials seized actually constitute child pornography under state or federal law, whether the target of the search warrant was in knowing possession of the materials and whether  the target destroyed the images upon receiving them.

Illegal visual depictions include:

  • photographs
  • videos
  • digital images
  • undeveloped film, videotape or electronic data capable of being converted into child pornography.

There are severe penalties for possession of child pornography convictions. The gravity of these charges and sole implication of child pornography activity will have a devastating effect on the life of the alleged violator.

Solicitation of a minor charges stem from the defendant inquiring or engaging in conversation with a minor, which includes the defendant asking (or soliciting) to meet the minor with the intention of any type of sexual engagement. The solicitation can be face to face, over the phone, online or over any means of electronic communication.  A commonly used defense for defendants charged with this offense is that the defendant was unaware that the person they were communicating with was a minor.

Rhode Island has empowered the police to make warrantless arrests in cases of suspected domestic violence, spousal abuse, and domestic assault, which means you may have been arrested or could be facing charges that should be dismissed. Therefore, it is crucial that you hire an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.Prosecutors can be very aggressive in filing domestic violence charges due to the intensely political nature of the charges, and publicity that goes along with it. Domestic assault & violence charges have powerful advocacy and lobbying groups that challenge politicians in these cases.

The people that is encompassed by Domestic Violence laws has also expanded. For a crime to be designated as a domestic violence offense, the victim and the defendant must be “family or household members”, which includes:

  • husband/wife/spouses or former spouses
  • adult persons related by blood or marriage
  • adult persons who are presently living together (roommates) or have lived together within the past 3 years
  • people who have a child in common
  • people who are or have been engaged, or in a significant dating relationship within the past year as determined by the court, based on length and type of relationship, time/duration of relationship, and frequency of interaction between the two individuals.

Nee Law aggressively and successfully represents clients facing criminal prosecution for all types of Drug Crimes for Marijuana, Cocaine, Heroine and other Schedule I, II and other illegal Drugs including

  • Possession
  • Distribution
  • Intent to Deliver
  • Sale, Cultivation, Manufacture
  • Delivery

If you have been accused of, or arrested for, a drug crime in Rhode Island you should hire knowledgeable legal representation immediately, because you are facing serious criminal charges.

What Are the Penalties for Rhode Island Drug Crimes?

If you are convicted of a drug charge, there are many different penalties that you may be confronted with, such as monetary fines, probation, and/or a jail term. If you are convicted of a drug crime near a school or involving minors and your penalties could be double. Any drug related conviction on your criminal record may cause many problems in your personal and professional life, as it may minimize your chance of obtaining a good job or a place to live.

Some defendants in drug related cases may even be able to avoid jail entirely and complete a drug diversion course or drug rehab program. In fact, in certain circumstances first time, non-violent, drug offenders are afforded an alternative to jail by allowing them to undergo probation, a drug education program and community service.

  • Shoplifting
  • Misdemeanor Larceny
  • Felony Larceny
  • Embezzlement
  • Possession of Stolen Goods or Property
  • Possession of Stolen Motor Vehicle
  • Receiving Stolen Goods or Property
  • Robbery