West Warwick Criminal Lawyers

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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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Matthew T. Marin
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East Greenwich, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years of experience
(401) 228-8271 58 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, 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...
S Joshua Macktaz
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Warwick, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years of 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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Warwick, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years of experience
(401) 714-5526 200 Centerville Rd
Warwick, RI 02886
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, 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...
Nicholas Parrillo
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East Greenwich, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years of experience
(401) 228-8271 58 Main Street
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Offers Video ChatCriminal
After graduating from Law School with Honors Attorney Nicholas J. Parrillo earned a prestigious clerkship with Chief Justice Paul Suttell of the Rhode Island Supreme Court. Since then, he has spent virtually every day of his professional career in the courtroom fighting for his clients. From petty misdemeanors and traffic offenses to violations of probation, felonies, and capital offenses, Attorney Parrillo has successfully handled thousands of cases across Rhode Island courts. His knowledge of the law and tenacity has earned him the respect of Judges and other attorneys statewide, earning his clients the results they deserve. ...
Matthew L. LaMountain
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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...
Jared M. Tomassi
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Warwick, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 782-2005 3970 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886
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...
Ann Sheeley
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Warwick, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 31 years of 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...
Jeffrey Lawrence Eger
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Warwick, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 23 years of 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.
Stefanie Murphy
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East Greenwich, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years of 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. Charles C Calenda
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Coventry, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 13 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...
James Caruolo
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Warwick, 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.
Damon P. Borrelli
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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...
Steven B. Nelson
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Cranston, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years of experience
(401) 300-0101 37 Sockanosset Cross Road
Cranston, RI 02920
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
Roger Williams University School of Law
Nelson Law Office is a general practice law firm serving the residents of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. We can represent you in your civil or criminal case today. Our two locations make visiting us convenient no matter where you live. We offer a free initial consultation for all legal matters.
Walter Manning
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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.
Kenneth Vale
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Cranston, RI Criminal Law Attorney
(401) 463-9445 63 Sockanosset Cross Rd
Cranston, RI 02920
Criminal, Insurance Claims, Medical Malpractice and Traffic Tickets
Arthur D. Parise
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Warwick, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 41 years of experience
(401) 921-2400 212 Greenwich Avenue
Warwick, RI 02886
Criminal and Social Security Disability
Emory University School of Law
Joel Chase
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Warwick, 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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Warwick, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 314-4600 300 Centerville Road, Suite 305
Warwick, RI 02886
Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Scott J. Summer
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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.

Voted by his peers as among the 50 best lawyers in Rhode Island, and...
Robert Craven
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North Kingstown, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years of 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,...
Susan Tracy Perkins
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Providence, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years of experience
(401) 575-7426 462 Broadway
Providence, RI 02909
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Roger Williams University School of Law
Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney Susan T. Perkins has been serving the local area for nearly 20 years. Her unique focus on her clients gives her the edge you need in the courtroom. Our law office focuses on Criminal Defense, Gun Trusts, DUI Defense, Family Law, Divorce, and matters affecting the LGBT community. Since becoming a lawyer in 1997 attorney Perkins has been a member of the United States District Court as well as the District Courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts. After graduating from the prestigious Rhode Island Roger Williams University School of Law Susan, she began...
Nicholas A. Solitro
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North Kingstown, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 6 years of 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...
Mr. Thomas H. O'Brien
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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...
Eric P. DiMarzio
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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...
Mr. James E. Smith Esq.
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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...
Melissa Larsen
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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...
Jay Bianco
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Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years of experience
(401) 206-0098 999 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903
Free ConsultationCriminal, Elder, Estate Planning and Probate
Roger Williams University School of Law
Jay C. Bianco has over 15 years of legal experience. He concentrates in the areas of estate planning and elder law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of estate planning and elder law, from simple wills and trusts to complex trusts, special needs trusts, long term care planning, Medicaid crisis planning and asset protection. Jay is also very experienced in family, criminal and personal injury law. He has practiced in Rhode Island District, Superior and Family Courts and the District and Superior Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Jay is licensed in Rhode Island and Massachusetts...
Kara Manosh
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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...
Alan Barnes
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Johnston, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 934-3368 67 Shore Drive
Johnston, RI 02919
Criminal, Business, Elder and Traffic Tickets
Sean R. Doherty
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Cranston, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years of experience
(855) 668-4589 24 Pettaconsett Avenue
Unit F
Cranston, RI 02920
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
Roger Williams University School of Law
Daniel Griffin
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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...
Lisa Holley
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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
Francis Patriarca
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Providence , RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years of experience
(401) 273-5600 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.
James Callaghan
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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
Cynthia Fogarty
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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.
Emile Martineau
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East Greenwich, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 398-8333 2639 South County Trl
East Greenwich, RI 02818
Criminal
Michael J Furtado
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Cranston, RI Criminal Law Attorney with 35 years of experience
(401) 943-1732 1319 Cranston Street
Cranston, RI 02920
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Business and Collections
Hamline University School of Law
Thomas Briody
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Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer
(401) 751-5151 91 Friendship St
Providence, RI 02903
Criminal, Civil Rights, DUI and International
Neal Steingold
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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
John LaRochelle
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Providence, RI Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years of experience
(401) 421-4407 1 Turks Head Place
Suite 1440
Providence, RI 02903
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Suffolk University Law School
Attorney John Larochelle is a former Rhode Island state prosecutor who has represented clients in complex and highly sensitive litigation matters in Rhode Island Family Court and in District, Superior, Supreme and Federal Court in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

In Family court, Attorney Larochelle has litigated many types of cases, including complex divorces, contentious child custody matters, and unusual visitation situations. Attorney Larochelle is certified by the Rhode Island Family Court as a Guardian Ad Litem.

Attorney Larochelle applies his extensive criminal law knowledge and experience to representing clients in all criminal matters - from serious felonies such as murder, sex crimes,...
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Rhode Island Bar Association
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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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