Rhode Island DUI Attorney and Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Rhode Island DUI Defense

I provide aggressive and effective representation to individuals facing DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and related offenses such as breathalyzer refusal. I have extensive experience as a Rhode Island DUI Attorney and have used that knowledge to successfully defend hundreds of private clients accused of drunk driving offenses. You can call me 24x7 for a FREE consultation.

RI DUI Defense


Criminal Defense

Criminal law embodies the statutes defining criminal offenses, including how offenders are to be charged, tried, and punished. If you are facing criminal charges in Rhode Island such as DUI / DWI (Drunk Driving) charges, narcotics possession, or intent, assault, homicide, burglary, rape, or any other criminal charge you will need an experienced legal team.

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Domestic Assault and Battery

Domestic assault is also known by the terms domestic violence, spousal abuse, or partner violence and can encompass the crimes of domestic assault and battery, domestic disorderly conduct, malicious damage to property, domestic vandalism, and failure to relinquish phone, as well as harassing phone calls and text messages. Call me today if you have been wrongfully accused!

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Expungements

Expungement is a legal process through which an arrest or conviction may be erased from a person's criminal record. Your reputation and your family mean to much to ignore this important legal remedy. A criminal record can have lasting consequences. Do not let a DUI, drug possession, solicitation or similar charge ruin your life. Call me to discuss the details of your criminal charges.

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Video: Rhode Island Criminal Defense and DUI Attorney Josh Macktaz

Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney Joshua Macktaz talks about his extensive credentials as a prosecutor and now as a DUI and criminal defense attorney.


The Law Office of S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq.

Thank you for taking the time to review my Rhode Island DUI Attorney and Criminal Defense Lawyer website. I strongly believe that all clients, and potential clients, are entitled to as much information as possible when making important decisions concerning legal matters. Thus, as potentially your future attorney I hope this website is informative.

I am a former Rhode Island Special Assistant Attorney General from 1993-1997. During those years I prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from driving under the influence and disorderly conduct all the way 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 average Rhode Island DUI lawyers or Rhode Island criminal defense attorneys. Since 1997 I have been applying all that I learned as a prosecutor in order to better benefit my private clients as a defense lawyer.

Since 1997 I have also been aggressively representing clients as a Rhode Island personal injury Attorney. I assist those injured as a result of car accidents, motorcycle accidents,or other negligent acts. The trial and negotiation skills which I honed as a prosecutor have translated into significant personal injury settlements on behalf of numerous clients I represented as a RI personal Injury Lawyer. I am a trial attorney who will present your case in court if we are unable to achieve a satisfactory settlement of your personal injury case.

Most importantly, when you hire my firm to represent you, I am the attorney reviewing or overseeing your case and typically appearing in court with you. I am in court just about every day, and I strongly believe that each client deserves this personal service. My office provides free consultations, and I am available 24 hours a day for emergencies. My firm provides aggressive, personal representation and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Learn About Our Recent Case Results

January 2016: Domestic Assault Charges

1. Criminal Charges: Domestic Assault/Battery; Domestic Malicious Damage; Domestic Disorderly Conduct Police Report: Burrillville Police respond to a 911 hang up call at Client’s home, a home he shares with his mother and his brother. Upon arrival, Police observe Client’s brother to have a bloody lip and red marks on his face and neck. The...

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December 2015: Boating Under The Influence

Criminal Charges: Boating Under the Influence, Breathalyzer Refusal Police Report: Coventry Police are called to Johnson’s pond for a report of a jet ski accident. Upon arrival police observe Client lying on the ground being tended to by paramedics for a serious arm injury. The police observe an odor of alcohol coming from Client’s breath,...

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November 2015: Casino Cheating

1. Criminal Charges: Casino Cheating at Twin River Police Report: Twin River Security observes Client adding to his bet at the blackjack table, via security cameras, when the dealer turns away for a moment. RI State Police detectives working the casino beat approach Client at the table and Client admits to attempting to cheat at...

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October 2015 : Driving Under the Influence

Police Report: Driving Under the Influence, BAC .10-.15 Police Report: Cranston Police stop Client’s vehicle for numerous traffic violations. Police approach the car and observe Client to have a moderate odor of alcohol coming from his breath and bloodshot eyes. Client admits to having a “couple drinks” with dinner. Upon exiting the vehicle, Police observe...

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September 2015: Conspiracy to Possess Stolen Credit Cards

Police Report: Conspiracy to Possess Stolen Credit Cards Police Report: RI State Police stop a vehicle on 95 North for an alleged traffic violation. As with many State Police stops on 95, the Client and his passenger are dark-skinned males driving a rental car with NY plates. Upon stopping and approaching the car, Troopers immediately...

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August 2015: Providing False Information in Purchasing a Firearm (Felony)

Police Report: Providing False Information in Purchasing a Firearm (Felony) Police Report: Client goes to a local Coventry gun shop in order to purchase a firearm. He fills out all the necessary forms (State and Federal) but puts different dates of birth on each of the forms. When he goes to pick up the firearm...

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July 2015: Driving Under the Influence; Breathalyzer Refusal

Police Report: Driving Under the Influence; Breathalyzer Refusal Police Report: Pawtucket Police observe Client’s vehicle traveling in excess of the speed limit and weaving in and out of the breakdown lane. Police stop and approach Client and immediately detect an odor of alcohol, see bloodshot eyes and say Client was speaking with mumbled speech. Client...

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June 2015: Attempted Sexual Procurement for a Fee

Police Report: Attempted Sexual Procurement for a Fee Police Report: Providence police conduct a prostitution sting using a fake Back Page advertisement for sexual services. Client calls the number in the Ad and then shows up at the Comfort Inn where the police have set up the sting. Client is seen on video offering $60.00...

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May 2015: Possession of Oxycodone

Police Report: Possession of Oxycodone Police Report: East Providence Police stop Client’s vehicle for a traffic violation and upon approaching the car immediately detect a strong odor of marijuana. Police ask Client about the smell of marijuana and Client produces a valid RI Medical Marijuana License. Police ask Client to exit the vehicle and begin...

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April 2015: Driving Under the Influence; Breathalyzer Refusal

Police Report: Driving Under the Influence; Breathalyzer Refusal Police Report: Client is observed by un-marked Coventry detective driving down the road while drinking a Miller Lite beer with his 9 year old son in the back seat. Client is followed into a post office parking lot and stopped by the police. Upon approaching Client police...

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March 2015: Criminal Charges, Domestic Assault and Battery

Police Report: Police Report: Client and his ex-wife have a strictly scheduled child visitation schedule based on an inability to communicate without yelling. Client drops off children and as he is walking to his car he is approached by his ex-wife who is accusing him of bringing the children home late. Ex-wife then says Client...

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February 2015: Criminal Charges: Disorderly Conduct, Assault and Battery

Police Report: Central Falls Police are called to the scene of a large disturbance in one of the city’s neighborhoods. Upon arrival Police observe Client engaged in a fight with two (2) other men. Both other men flee the scene when the police arrive, but Client is arrested. Criminal Case Result: DISORDERLY CONDUCT: DISMISSED AND...

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January 2015: Criminal Charges: Driving Under the Influence < .15

Police Report: State Police receive one anonymous call of an erratic driver on 95N. Troopers locate Client’s vehicle operating properly in the travel lane. Troopers stop Client and upon approaching the vehicle observe a moderate odor of alcohol coming from the car (3 total people in the car) and observe Client to speak with slurred...

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December 2014: Criminal Charges: Driving Under the Influence < .15

Police Report: Smithfield Police respond to a one-car accident near Bryant University. Upon arriving they observe Client’s car on its roof, and Client sitting on the side of the road being helped by other motorists. Police say they observe a moderate odor of alcohol, bloodshot and watery eyes and mumbled speech. Client takes and fails...

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November 2014: Criminal Charges: Driving Under the Influence

Police Report: Woonsocket Police pull Client’s vehicle over for a tail light infraction. Upon approaching the driver’s side of the car, police observe Client to have bloodshot/watery eyes, slurred speech and an odor of alcohol coming from his breath despite having gum in his mouth. Client exits the vehicle and is unsteady on his feet....

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Client Testimonials

I got my life back and can’t express enough appreciation for the job he did

January 5, 2016

Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by “J.T.” I got my life back and can’t express enough appreciation for the job he did I was arrested on suspicion of DUI and a breathalyzer refusal. I was an out-of-state drive and had never even had a traffic violation prior to this, so my nerves were through the roof. Even...

I appreciate the time and effort

December 2, 2015

Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by “Sean” Rating: 5 out of 5 -Excellent Joshua Macktaz Rated 5/5 based on 45 reviews

Thanks For Your Help

December 2, 2015

Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by “Adam” Rating: 5 out of 5 -Excellent Joshua Macktaz Rated 5/5 based on 45 reviews

Because of you I will be with my family for Christmas

November 4, 2015

Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by “Ryan” Achieved optimal results for me given my circumstances I just want to thank you because if I didn’t have your help I don’t think I would be spending Christmas with my family. I hope you have a great holiday. Thank you again, Ryan. Rating: 5 out of 5 -Excellent Joshua...

All charges were dismissed and expunged…

October 1, 2015

Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by “E.P.” Josh, thank you for taking the time to listen and understand my criminal case, provide highly professional and honest advice, and strongly advocate on my behalf which eventually led to all charges being dismissed and expunged. I have worked with several lawyers over the years on a variety of legal...