Washington County, Rhode Island Criminal Lawyers

Robert Craven
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Former Prosecutor. Aggressive & Effective. Protecting Your Freedom. 30 yrs exp.

Robert E. Craven is the firm's proprietor and lead trial attorney. Since the founding of Robert E. Craven & Associates, Bob has handled hundreds of personal injury, criminal defense, DUI defense, and medical... Read More »
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John L. Calcagni III
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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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John R. Bernardo III
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Washington County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(401) 788-0049 105 Main Street
Wakefield, RI 02879
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
New England Law | Boston and Boston University
If you have been unfortunate enough to have been charged in Rhode Island with either a DUI or a Refusal (or both), the good news is that it is not a foregone conclusion that you will lose your ability to drive your vehicle once your license has been suspended. A relatively new law in Rhode Island now makes it possible for persons with a suspended license, as a result of a DUI or Refusal, to drive their own vehicle to and from certain places (with an installed interlock device). Attorney John Bernardo has the knowledge and experience regarding...
Matthew T. Marin
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Washington County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(401) 594-8001 36 South County Commons Way
Unit C-3
South Kingstown, RI 02879
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Roger Williams University School of Law
As a dedicated Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer, Attorney Matthew Marin provides aggressive and experienced representation for those accused of criminal offenses throughout Rhode Island. While we represent individuals charged with a wide range of alleged criminal misconduct, we take on a large number of DUI (driving under the influence), domestic violence, and drug crime cases. If you or a loved one is facing criminal charges in Rhode Island, contact Attorney Matthew Marin at 401-228-8271 for a no obligation consultation regarding their case and information about how we can assist. In 2014, Attorney Matthew Marin was awarded...
Robert Craven
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Washington County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(401) 453-2700 7405 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
New England Law | Boston
Robert E. Craven is the firm's proprietor and lead trial attorney. Since the founding of Robert E. Craven & Associates, Bob has handled hundreds of personal injury, criminal defense, DUI defense, and medical malpractice cases. Attorney Craven's experience as a former prosecutor makes him uniquely equipped to bring any matter to trial – an increasingly rare skill today. Bob regularly brings both criminal and personal injury matters to trial to get the best results for his clients. Bob began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island from 1983 to 1992. During that time,...
Jared M. Tomassi
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Washington County, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 782-2005 238 Robinson Street
Wakefield, RI 02879
Free ConsultationCriminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Civil Rights
Roger Williams University
Jared M. Tomassi, Esq. Mr. Tomassi established Tomassi Law Associates, LLC to provide competent, efficient, and cost effective legal services to individuals and companies throughout the State of Rhode Island. We are committed to protecting our client's rights and interests by providing our clients with aggressive and competent legal representation. We put our clients first. We are a "CLIENTS AND RESULTS ORIENTED" Law Firm. Phone calls are returned in a timely manner, the client is kept informed of the status of their case on a regular and consistent basis and clients are fully informed and educated on the law and legal issues...
Nicholas A. Solitro
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Washington County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(401) 453-2700 7405 Post Road
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Pace Law School
Nicholas has been a part of Robert E. Craven & Associates since 2010, after he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Legal Studies from Quinnipiac University. At Quinnipiac, Nicholas graduated magna cum laude in just three years of study. He also received the Legal Studies Book Award for achieving the highest grade point average in his major. Nicholas then attended Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, where he graduated cum laude and received his Juris Doctor degree. While in law school, Nicholas received numerous honors for his advocacy on trial, arbitration, and moot court teams which traveled around the...
Melissa Larsen
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Washington County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years 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...
James Callaghan
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Washington County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years 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
Robert Lombardo
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Washington County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years experience
(401) 596-0422 12 High Street
Westerly, RI 02891
Criminal, Animal, Appeals and DUI
The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law
Washington County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(401) 323-0247 PO Box 62
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Criminal, Administrative and Appeals
Roger Williams University School of Law
Washington County, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 284-4522 231 Old Tower Hill Rd
Wakefield-Peacedale, RI 02879
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Washington County, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 348-6020 15 Franklin St
Westerly, RI 02891
Criminal and Personal Injury
Washington County, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 789-0217 133 Old Tower Hill Rd
Wakefield-Peacedale, RI 02879
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Washington County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 782-0155 10 High St
Wakefield-Peacedale, RI 02879
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Washington County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 782-0155 10 High St
Wakefield-Peacedale, RI 02879
Criminal and DUI
Washington County, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 789-0217 133 Old Tower Hill Rd
Wakefield-Peacedale, RI 02879
Criminal, Business, Collections and DUI
Stefanie Murphy
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(401) 316-9423 6 Wanton Shippee Rd
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Roger Williams University School of Law
For the last 15 years, Attorney Stefanie Murphy has been aggressively fighting for her clients in all areas of criminal defense. She is dedicated to each and every client. Attorney Murphy has been named since 2012 to Super Lawyer Rising Stars.
Mr. Thomas H. O'Brien
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years 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...
Emile Martineau
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 398-8333 2639 South County Trl
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Criminal
S Joshua Macktaz
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(401) 406-2025 33 College Hill Road Suite 15G
Warwick, RI 02886
Free ConsultationCriminal and DUI
Suffolk University Law School and University of Vermont
I have specialized as a RI DUI lawyer and Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney for the past 27 years with INCREDIBLE RESULTS. I am a former Rhode Island Special Assistant Attorney General from 1993-1997. During those years I prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases ranging from disorderly conduct to first degree murder in every Rhode Island County. Additionally, along with other prosecutors, I lectured in-coming police academy cadets on proper drunk driving and Rhode Island DUI investigations and prosecutions. This unique experience has allowed me a wealth of knowledge not readily available to the average Rhode Island DUI lawyer...
Paul J. Ferns
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(401) 714-5526 200 Centerville Rd
Warwick, RI 02886
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
Western New England University School of Law
Get skillful, knowledgeable legal help you can rely on when making delicate decisions about the future of your family. From divorce and child custody, to relocation of a child or enforcement of a child support order, attorney Paul J. Ferns will guide your case toward a fair and beneficial resolution. Contact the Warwick divorce and family law office of Paul J. Ferns. Over twenty years of experience in divorce court gives him an in-depth understanding of the Rhode Island family law.

Attorney Ferns also has successfully represented many clients in car accident and personal injury cases. His tenacity in fighting for...
James Caruolo
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 828-7100 33 College Hill Rd
Warwick, RI 02886
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Real Estate
The Law Offices of James J. Caruolo is a full-service law firm with over 20 years of experience, providing legal representation in the areas of Real Estate, Criminal, and Personal Injury Law for individuals throughout Rhode Island.
Kristine Trocki
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Newport County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(401) 423-3390 38 Narragansett Avenue, Suite D
Jamestown, RI 02835
Free ConsultationCriminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Employment
Northeastern University
Kristine S. Trocki opened her Jamestown, Rhode Island law firm in 2006 and has been practicing law in RI for over 10 years. Dedicated to serving her clients and the local community, Kristine opened her doors not only with a strong knowledge of the law but with an equal desire to practice in a way that is creative, intelligent, and mindful, thus offering clients several approaches to addressing/fulfilling their legal needs. Kristine has applied this philosophy to her many areas of practice including: Mediation; Divorce & Family Law; Personal Injury & Auto Accidents; Wills, Healthcare & Financial Powers of Attorney;...
Jeffrey Lawrence Eger
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(401) 921-2300 3970 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Foreclosure Defense
Roger Williams University School of Law
Attorney Jeffrey Lawrence Eger focuses his general law practice on assisting clients in finding affordable legal solutions in areas of Bankruptcy, Divorce, Custody, Restraining Orders, Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Workers Compensation and Criminal matters. Attorney Jeffrey Lawrence Eger gives clients an opportunity to initially discuss their legal matters at no charge and will assist clients to find affordable payment plans that fit their budgets.
Ann Sheeley
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(866) 435-5000 501 Centerville Road, Suite 105 B
Warwick, RI 02886
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Pace University
Ann Sheeley has more than 25 years of experience as a civil litigation attorney. Licensed to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and the Federal District Court for Rhode Island, Attorney Sheeley has successfully managed hundreds of personal injury, criminal and workers' compensation cases during her career.

Prior to starting Sheeley Law in 2010, Ann served as a litigator in law offices in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Upon earning her Juris Doctor from the Pace University School of Law in White Plains, New York, she worked for the law offices of J. Ronald Fishbein, where she managed a personal injury and family...
Mr. Charles C Calenda
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years 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...
Eric P. DiMarzio
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(508) 971-1251 469 Centerville Rd.
Ste. 206
Warwick, RI 02886
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Immigration and Traffic Tickets
Roger Williams University School of Law
Thank you for taking time to get to know my practice and all I can offer you as my client. Licensed in Massachusetts my office is conveniently located just south of the Taunton Green with easy access to Routes 24 and 495. I have recently expanded to an office right off Rt. 95 in Warwick, RI. In addition, I meet clients in a satellite office conveniently located right off Route 9 in Worcester. The foundation of my practice is and always will be criminal defense. Some of the types of criminal cases I have handled include drunk driving...
Damon P. Borrelli
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Kent County, 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...
Walter Manning
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years 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.
Joel Chase
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 739-9900 300 Metro Center Blvd
Suite 150A
Warwick, RI 02886
Criminal, Business, DUI and Personal Injury
Melissa Braatz
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Kent County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 314-4600 300 Centerville Road, Suite 305
Warwick, RI 02886
Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Kathleen Nee
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Providence County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 4 years experience
(401) 453-5633 1 Turks Head Place
Suite 1440
Providence, RI 02903
Criminal
Roger Williams University School of Law
Attorney Katie Nee practices in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and personal injury. Katie represents defendants charged with a wide range of criminal offenses including driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, refusal to submit to a chemical test, drug offenses, domestic violence, assault, robbery, and a wide array of sexual offenses including possession of child pornography, child molestation and sexual assault. Katie aggressively defends each and every client and does not shy away from taking a case to trial if that is the best option for a client.In addition, Katie represents people who were harmed...
Kensley Barrett
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Providence County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(401) 380-6724 127 Dorrance Street
Penthouse
Providence, RI 02903
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
University of Connecticut School of Law
As an aggressive, knowledgable, and extremely dedicated Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney and DUI Lawyer, Kensley Barrett provides premium representation for individuals who have been accused of criminal offenses throughout the entire state of Rhode Island (including Providence and Newport). The Law Offices of Kensley R. Barrett provide representation for a wide variety of alleged criminal offenses. These services include, but are not limited to: DUI/DWI’s, domestic violence, traffic offenses, drug cases, weapons cases, expungement, theft, sex offenses, white collar crimes, and disorderly conduct. If you or someone you love has been arrested on a criminal charge, you want to...
Jason Knight
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Providence County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(401) 354-2255 1 Turks Head Place
Suite 1440
Providence, RI 02903
Free ConsultationCriminal, Domestic Violence, Juvenile and Traffic Tickets
Suffolk University Law School
Jason Knight is an attorney licensed to practice law in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to practice in the Rhode Island Federal District Court. He is a former Rhode Island state prosecutor with years of experience litigating criminal cases. He now uses that experience to provide his clients with zealous legal representation to protect their rights and legal interests. Jason earned his law degree from Suffolk Law School in Boston, Massachusetts in 2005. Between 2006 and 2010, Jason served as a Special Assistant Attorney General with the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General. During that time, Jason prosecuted...
John L. Calcagni III
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Providence County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(401) 351-5100 One Custom House Street
Suite 300
Providence, RI 02903
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals and Military
U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School, Roger Williams University and Bryant College
Attorney Calcagni is a highly skilled, aggressive and experienced criminal defense trial attorney. He is a former military prosecutor in the U.S. Army JAG Corps where he prosecuted hundreds of complex felony cases in the United States and abroad. Attorney Calcagni also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with U.S. Attorney's Office in New York. As a prosecutor, attorney Calcagni never lost a single case. He is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Florida, as well as the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
Lawrence Signore
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Providence County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(401) 273-3000 128 Dorrance Street, Suite 530
Providence, RI 02903
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Insurance Claims and Insurance Defense
Roger Williams University School of Law
Tom Thomasian
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Providence County, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(401) 312-4385 55 Pine Street
Floor 2
Providence, RI 02903
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Roger Williams University School of Law
As the founder of The Law Office of Thomas C. Thomasian, Providence lawyer Thomas C. Thomasian compassionately helps people charged with a crime navigate the legal system. Before the founding of his current firm, Mr. Thomasian was a public defender for a number of years and practiced as an attorney at another firm. In 2014, he was selected for the list of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers and received the Avvo Client’s Choice Award. He is a graduate of Northeastern University and the Roger Williams University Ralph R. Papitto School of Law. For your free consultation, get...
Rory Munns
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Providence County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(401) 229-5544 127 Dorrance St
Providence, RI 02903
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Roger Williams University School of Law
My name is Rory Munns, and I have dedicated my career to defending those charged with criminal offenses throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. If you have been arrested or under investigation for a criminal offense, I understand that you are likely in a very unfamiliar and daunting situation, but I strongly believe that the best way to combat this is with providing as much honest information as possible to my clients. I have extensive experience defending thousands of clients in multiple jurisdictions in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI Defense, Family Law, and Personal Injury, so I feel...
Allison Abilheira
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Bristol County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 5 years experience
(401) 245-5100 957 Main St
Warren, RI 02885
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Roger Williams University School of Law
Abilheira Law, LLC is passionate about representing and defending the criminally accused throughout Rhode Island. Their criminal defense attorneys have the experience, skill, and dedication to take on a broad range of charges, from DUI to domestic violence matters. They pride themselves on delivering strategic defenses and legal approaches tailored specifically to their clients’ cases. Over the years, their firm has tackled a comprehensive range of cases and can use this experience to benefit your case. Their lawyers are available around-the-clock to provide aggressive and effective defense and counsel for their clients, going above and beyond to secure the best...
Christopher S. Gontarz
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Newport County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years experience
(401) 846-3306 26 Washington Square
Newport, RI 02840
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Domestic Violence
New England Law | Boston
Partner concentrating in criminal and civil litigation in State District & Superior Courts and Federal Courts. Trial attorney in over one thousand cases in Newport County Superior&District Court; trial and appellate attorney in Ims v. Town of Portsmouth, 32 A.3 914 (2011)(civil conspiracy and whistleblower act); State v. Gordon, 30 A.3 636 (2011) (sexual assault, kidnapping) State v. Schloesser, 940 A.2d 637 (2007) (child molestation); State v. Edwards, 810 A.2d 226 (2002),cert denied 123 S.Ct. 1808 (2003) (first degree murder; life without parole);Backman v. King, (mem) 636 A.2d 729 (1993):Carpenter v. State, 796 A.2d 1071 (2002) (post conviction relief); State...
John MacDonald
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Providence County, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years 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...
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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.