Portsmouth Criminal Lawyers

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John L. Calcagni III
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John L. Calcagni III

Dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused. Call for a free consultation!

I’m an experienced Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer and represent clients in all types of criminal cases. I provide personal attention, thoughtful guidance, and help you through every step of your case. Read More »
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Mr. Thomas H. O'Brien
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Mr. Thomas H. O'Brien
East Greenwich, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years of experience
2639 South County Trail
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
New England Law | Boston
Upon graduating law school, Attorney Tom O’Brien worked as an associate in a small firm in Providence where in enjoyed success in a variety of matters to include Landlord & Tenant evictions, divorce cases, zoning matters and DEM appeals. Attorney O’Brien spent the next 16 years as a criminal prosecutor in the RI Department of Attorney General. As a Special Assistant Attorney General, he tried bail hearings and probation/bail violation hearings in Rhode Island District Courts. Tom also tried countless numbers of DUI and breathalyzer refusal matters before moving on to Superior Court jury trials. Attorney...
Scott J. Summer
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Scott J. Summer
Providence, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 31 years of experience
(401) 467-7771 The Calart Tower
400 Reservoir Ave, Ste 3A
Providence, RI 02907
Criminal, Business, Landlord Tenant and Real Estate
Rutgers School of Law-Camden and Syracuse University
Scott has had extensive general practice experience since 1989, including bench and jury trial experience in both the Rhode Island District and Superior Courts. Scott has appeared before the Rhode Island Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the district of Rhode Island, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the district of Rhode Island, and the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as appearances before state and municipal administrative agencies and boards. Scott serves as outside general counsel to numerous Rhode Island businesses.

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Mr. James E. Smith Esq.
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Mr. James E. Smith Esq.
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years of experience
(401) 649-0335 462 Broadway
Providence, RI 02909
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Roger Williams University School of Law
Hello. My name is James E. Smith and I represent clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies in every city, town and county in the State of Rhode Island. Before becoming an attorney, I worked for a major international insurance company and as a compliance attorney for a Wall St. broker dealer. I also am a United States Veteran having served six years in the United States Marine Corps. I was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. For detailed info, please see my website and blog. The links are provided right on my listing...
Matthew L. LaMountain
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Matthew L. LaMountain
Warwick, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years of experience
(401) 699-8601 33 College Hill Rd.
Ste 20-D
Warwick, RI 02886
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
Suffolk University Law School
Persuasive criminal litigator with practice-area expertise spanning criminal law, dui defense, digital evidence, search and seizure law, and technology related crimes. Former State prosecutor for 8 years. Responsible for one of the first criminal prosecutions in the country to incorporate Google Voice recordings at trial. Set the model that local police departments currently use to obtain and incorporate Google based evidence into its prosecution of crimes.

Litigated hundreds of felony cases involving murders, rape, burglary robbery, felony assaults, domestic assaults, molestations, arsons, sexual assaults, illegal firearms, possession and transfer of child pornography, driving under the influence, breathalyzer refusals, and various drug...
Stephen J. Antonucci
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Stephen J. Antonucci
East Providence, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 421-0170 450 Veterans Memorial Parkway
Suite 103
East Providence, RI 02914
Offers Video ChatCriminal, Administrative, Employment and Municipal
Stephen possesses a background in law enforcement. He has extensive experience in labor relations, including contract negotiations, grievance arbitrations, and employee discipline. He is a graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law, cum laude. While attending law school, Stephen served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Francis X. Flaherty in the Rhode Island Supreme Court and was a Presidential Scholarship recipient, as well as a member of the Honors Program. He was also a member of the 2014 Kappa II class of Leadership Rhode Island. Stephen is admitted to practice law in Rhode...
John MacDonald
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John MacDonald
Providence, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years of experience
(401) 421-1440 One Turks Head Place, Suite 1440
Providence, RI 02903
Criminal, Appeals, Arbitration & Mediation and DUI
Suffolk University Law School
John E. MacDonald is a trial attorney practicing criminal defense, immigration law and post-conviction relief in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Mr. MacDonald represents clients in state and federal court in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has aggressively and successfully defended clients charged in every type of criminal case, including capital murder, child molestation, sex crimes, rape, abuse, domestic violence, spousal abuse, homicide, manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter, vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, sexual assault, felony assault, domestic assault, patient abuse, bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. Mr. MacDonald is the author of the Rhode Island Criminal Defense Manual (3rd Edition), a top-rated...
Mr. Michael John Zarrella
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Mr. Michael John Zarrella
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years of experience
127 Dorrance Street
2nd floor
Providence, RI 02903
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Quinnipiac University School of Law and Quinnipiac University School of Law
My name is Michael Zarrella, I have been a criminal defense lawyer for almost 20 years. I have tried and won numerous criminal cases from capital offences to drunk driving cases. I enjoys helping people charged with criminal matters.
Rui Alves
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Rui Alves
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years of experience
(401) 273-7171 10 Dorrance Street
Suite 800
Providence, RI 02903
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Family and White Collar Crime
Roger Williams University
Mr. Rui P. Alves is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Rhode Island, as well as, all State Courts in Massachusetts. For detailed practice areas, click here. After obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the College of Criminal Justice at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, he went on to obtain a Juris Doctor from the Roger Williams University School of Law. Mr. Alves also attended the Catholic University of Portugal, School of Law in Lisbon, focusing on European Union law. Prior to joining Barton Gilman, LLP, Mr. Alves maintained a boutique firm...
Melissa Larsen
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Melissa Larsen
North Kingstown, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years of experience
(401) 218-0862 1130 Ten Rod Road
Meadows Office Park, Unit A-103
North Kingstown, RI 02882
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western New England University School of Law
Melissa Larsen is an experienced trial attorney and former state prosecutor who brings over a decade of experience in criminal and family law and financial planning to her practice, offering you result-driven representation for your legal issues. The principal focus of Attorney Larsen's practice is criminal defense. She offers experienced representation in all types of criminal cases, and brings a wealth of experience from her work as a Special Assistant Attorney General in Rhode Island to provide you with the best defense possible. Areas of expertise include: DUI, Domestic Violence, Cyber...
Kara Manosh
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Kara Manosh
Warwick, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years of experience
(401) 714-8926 873 Warwick Avenue
Warwick, RI 02888
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
California Western School of Law and Roger Williams University School of Law
Attorney Manosh has dedicated her entire career to defending the rights of the criminally accused. She has handled thousands of cases, appearing in every courthouse in the State of Rhode Island. She has been nationally trained with such organizations as The Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, The National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute and The Defender Advocacy Institute. She has extensive experience with expert witnesses and the presentation (or exclusion) of scientific evidence at trial.

?Attorney Manosh received her LL.M in Trial Advocacy Specializing in Federal Criminal Law from the...
Mr. Charles C Calenda
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Mr. Charles C Calenda
Coventry, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years of experience
(401) 823-9200 1500 Nooseneck Hill Rd.
Coventry, RI 02816
Criminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
University of Miami School of Law
Experienced trial attorney with 13+ years of actual, in-court experience. I don't sit behind a desk all day and talk a big game. I'm in the courtroom standing by your side, fighting for the results you deserve in every case I handle. I focus my practice mainly in criminal defense, but I handle a variety of other types of cases like general civil litigation and selected Family Court cases.

However, my years of criminal experience makes me an invaluable asset to have representing you as your attorney when you get charged with a criminal offense. I have tried cases ranging from...
Kenneth Macksoud
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Kenneth Macksoud
Providence , RI Criminal Law Attorney with 55 years of experience
(401) 831-6966 One Turks Head Place
Suite 1440
Providence , RI 02903
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Ken Macksoud is an American Army Veteran of the Vietnam War, who Attended Providence College, earning an A.B. in 1961, then went on to obtain a Juris Doctorate Degree from Boston University School of Law in 1964. Attorney Macksoud was then admitted to the Rhode Island Bar in 1967. His admission to the U.S. Supreme Court came in 1980 and the RI Supreme Court in 1967.
Damon P. Borrelli
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Damon P. Borrelli
Warwick, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 739-7397 117 Metro Center Blvd.
Suite 2001
Warwick, RI 02886
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and White Collar Crime
Roger Williams University School of Law
Whether on the battlefield or in the courtroom, Attorney Borrelli is a relentless fighter, always focusing on the pursuit of justice through well-developed and balanced plans encompassing compassion, determination, and reliable results. Formulated at an early age through his honorable service in the Marine Corps and as a war veteran of Operation Desert Storm, Attorney Borrelli attributes these core values as the bedrock of his successes in the legal arena.

Having graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s Degree from Washington University in St. Louis, School of Medicine, Attorney Borrelli developed a wide breadth...
Noah Kilroy
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Noah Kilroy
Providence, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years of experience
(401) 855-9023 127 Dorrance St
Providence, RI 02903
Criminal, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
Roger Williams University School of Law
Lisa Holley
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Lisa Holley
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 18 years of experience
(401) 400-2850 536 Atwells Avenue
Providence, RI 02909
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, Employment and Municipal
Roger Williams University School of Law
Cynthia Fogarty
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Cynthia Fogarty
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years of experience
(401) 781-1370 400 Reservoir Avenue Suite 1A
Providence, RI 02907
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Fogarty Law Office, at the Providence/Cranston line, is conveniently located in the Calart Tower with free handicapped accessible parking. A General Practice firm that represents you in all phases of your life, including but not limited to Divorce, Child Suport and Custody, Land use and Zoning, Wills, Trust and Estate Planning, Civil Lititgation, Collections.
Francis Patriarca
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Francis Patriarca
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years of experience
(401) 273-5600 387 Atwells Ave
Providence, RI 02909
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
I’m a sole practitioner. I have over 28 years experience in the areas of criminal defense, traffic court including but not limited to DUI, Refusals, Tickets, Registry Issues I also practice Juvenile criminal defense.
Eric P. DiMarzio
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Eric P. DiMarzio
Cranston, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years of experience
(508) 971-1251 1062 Reservoir Ave.
Cranston, RI 02910
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
Roger Williams University School of Law
The bread and butter of my practice has always been Criminal Defense and family law. In my 9 years practicing law I have handled everything from dui and domestic violence cases all the way to felony gun charges, and sex offense cases. In addition to criminal matters, I also help those facing divorce and child custody matters as well as dealing with immigration issues such as removal proceedings and change of status. In today's litigious society, we as attorneys often lose sight of the fact that when someone comes to an attorney, they are doing so because...
Glen Whitehead
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Glen Whitehead
Providence, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years of experience
(401) 861-9900 86 Weybosset Street Suite 400
Providence, RI 02903
Free ConsultationCriminal, Family, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Gerard Donley
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Gerard Donley
Providence, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 943-9977 1 Turks Head Place
Suite 503
Providence, RI 02903
Criminal, DUI and International
New England Law | Boston
25 plus years concentrating in the most severe and high pressure criminal defense cases: murder, robbery, sexual assault, kidnapping, assaults with dangerous weapons and with specific intent to rob, murder or rape; major drug dealing, serious gun charges, etc. You won't find a more direct, aggressive or straight-talking lawyer with results and decades of experience. If you are in trouble, we can help you.
Walter Manning
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Walter Manning
Warwick, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years of experience
(401) 562-2236 300 Centerville Road
Suite 320
Warwick, RI 02886
Criminal, Business, Estate Planning and Family
General practice attorney with concentration in Business, Real Estate, Criminal, Family and Personal Injury Law.
Daniel Griffin
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Daniel Griffin
Cranston, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 10 years of experience
(401) 944-1700 865 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Roger Williams University School of Law
Dan Griffin was born and raised in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Dan served four years of active duty including a tour as a Marine Rifleman with the 7 th Marine Infantry Regiment during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. For his service in Iraq, Dan received numerous awards and citations including the Iraqi Campaign Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon for service under enemy fire during the march to Baghdad and further operations in central Iraq.

As a proud war veteran, Dan has as interest in promoting and helping...
James Callaghan
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James Callaghan
Wickford, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years of experience
(401) 294-4555 3 Brown Street
Wickford, RI 02852
Criminal, Business, Employment and Traffic Tickets
Attorney at Callaghan & Callaghan Former Prosecutor - Rhode Island Special Assistant Attorney General Former Law Clerk to Presiding Justice Rhode Island Superior Court
Thomas Briody
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Thomas Briody
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 751-5151 91 Friendship St
Providence, RI 02903
Criminal, Civil Rights, DUI and International
Robert Mann
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Robert Mann
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 351-5770 1 Turks Head Place, Suite 610
Providence, RI 02903
Criminal, Civil Rights, DUI and Military
Neal Steingold
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Neal Steingold
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 32 years of experience
(401) 751-6330 One Davol Square Penthouse
Providence, RI 02903
Criminal, DUI, Insurance Claims and Traffic Tickets
24 Years Criminal Defense Experience Experience Matters
Michael J Furtado
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Michael J Furtado
Cranston, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 36 years of experience
(401) 943-1732 1319 Cranston Street
Cranston, RI 02920
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
Hamline University School of Law
James J Bagley
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James J Bagley
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years of experience
(401) 454-7700 127 Dorrance Street
4th Floor
Providence, RI 02903
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Kenneth Vale
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Kenneth Vale
Cranston, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 463-9445 63 Sockanosset Cross Rd
Cranston, RI 02920
Criminal, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Traffic Tickets
Joel Chase
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Joel Chase
Warwick, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 739-9900 300 Metro Center Blvd
Suite 150A
Warwick, RI 02886
Criminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
Louis Grande
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Louis Grande
Providence, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 351-8000 395 Smith St
Providence, RI 02908
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Arthur D. Parise
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Arthur D. Parise
Warwick, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 42 years of experience
(401) 921-2400 212 Greenwich Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
Criminal and Social Security Disability
Emory University School of Law
Melissa Braatz
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Melissa Braatz
Warwick, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 314-4600 300 Centerville Road, Suite 305
Warwick, RI 02886
Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Emile Martineau
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Emile Martineau
East Greenwich, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 398-8333 2639 South County Trl
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Criminal
John A. MacFadyen
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John A. MacFadyen
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 751-5090 101 Dyer St
Providence, RI 02903
Criminal and DUI
Christopher Crowley Esq
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Christopher Crowley Esq
Rumford, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 305-0246 320 Newport Ave.
Rumford, RI 02916
Criminal
Edward John Mulligan
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Edward John Mulligan
Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 453-2950 50 Park Row West, Suite 111
Providence, RI 02903
Criminal
Andrew Thomas
Newport East, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 849-6200 1100 Aquidneck Ave
Newport East, RI 02842
Criminal, DUI, Education and Employment
Anthony Michael Capece
Newport, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years of experience
(401) 608-2510 144 Coggeshall Ave
Newport, RI 02840
Criminal and Administrative
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Joe Lawson
Bristol, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 396-9343 251 Thames St
Bristol, RI 02809
Criminal, DUI, Estate Planning and Real Estate
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Rhode Island Bar Association
(401) 421-5740
Cranston, RI

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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.

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