Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq.

Rhode Island Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense Lawyer S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq.

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Criminal charges in Rhode Island

Good people make mistakes too   If you’re facing criminal charges, it’s important to take action NOW. It’s crucial to hire the best and most experienced Rhode Island defense attorney to handle your criminal case.  For most being arrested is a shocking event, one which was never expected.  If a criminal charge is not defended properly from the very start, a criminal conviction can have life-altering consequences.  A person’s reputation and future are at stake, so I take this job very seriously.

All Rhode Island criminal lawyers are not the same, not even close, and the outcomes in criminal cases vary widely depending on your defense counsel’s effectiveness or ineffectiveness.  My law firm has provided the best legal representation for thousands of criminal clients in the Rhode Island Superior Court, District Court and Traffic Tribunal for almost 3 decades. If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime in Rhode Island it is critical to have the most connected, knowledgeable and experienced criminal defense lawyer as your legal representation against law enforcement and prosecutors.

Call Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq.  today at 401.861.1155 for the best defense of your criminal charge

Why you need the best defense attorney 

A criminal conviction in Rhode Island can have harsh and long-lasting effects on your life when it comes to employment opportunities, loan/mortgage applications, or even chaperoning your children’s events and activities. You need a criminal defense attorney who can help you avoid the severe consequences which come with a criminal conviction.  The best legal representation can make all the difference in your criminal case.  My goal is to have all criminal charges DISMISSED, and then any record of the crime expunged. 

Criminal defense client testimonial

I have never written a review before, but I had to write this one for Attorney Macktaz.  After I was arrested for the first (and only time) in my life, I was referred to Attorney Macktaz by a police officer who knows my family.  I knew I had the right lawyer from the very first phone call.  He returned my call on a Sunday morning and explained in great detail about how he would handle my case.  He didn’t make any false promises but immediately had a great plan on how to handle my case.  Within 3 weeks all my charges were dismissed and expunged off my record.  I can say without any doubt, Attorney Macktaz is the best criminal defense lawyer in RI.  

From Peter G.

As a Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer with almost 3 decades of legal experience, I’ve successfully defended clients who have faced a wide range of criminal charges. I’ve developed strong relationships with police, law enforcement, judges, and prosecutors in the Rhode Island criminal justice system. These relationships are invaluable in criminal defense cases and they allow me to formulate the right defense for your criminal case and produce the best possible results.

All criminal defense attorneys are NOT the same

Unlike other Rhode Island criminal defense law firms, I will be the ONLY ATTORNEY HANDLING YOUR CASE. You won’t be dealing with various associates or partners who are unfamiliar with you or your criminal charges.

I will be the criminal lawyer representing you, explaining each step of the process, and creating an individualized defense strategy which fits your specific circumstances.

My clients deal with ME and only me. If your case goes to court, I’ll be the criminal lawyer standing next to you.

Criminal charges require a defense attorney who is attentive, effective, aggressive and available 24/7. There is no other Rhode Island criminal defense attorney who matches my level of commitment to my clients. 

Judges, lawyers and police officers have referred their family and friends to me for representation

Preeminet criminal defense by Martindale-Hubbell

Other criminal defense lawyers throughout Rhode Island have “Peer Rated” my law office with the Martindale-Hubbell organization as Preeminent in criminal defense, and I am quite thankful to have received its highest honor for 5 straight years.

Check out a few of the hundreds of 5 star reviews and testimonials from former clients.

Rhode Island Criminal Defense Testimonials

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Criminal law cases and crimes Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq. defends: 


  • Former Rhode Island State Prosecutor 
  • Judges, lawyers, and police officers refer their own family and friends to my law firm for representation
  • Nearly 3 decades of experience in the Rhode Island Criminal Justice System
  • Over 300 Five STAR online reviews across all platforms
  • Aggressive, experienced, and personal defense of all crimes
  • Strong and long-standing relationships with all Rhode Island prosecutors and judges
  • My goal in every case is DISMISSAL and then EXPUNGEMENT OF ALL CHARGES 
  • I’m in court every day of the week, and I strongly believe each client deserves this personal service and attention. This means that I will be the lawyer reviewing and overseeing your case. I will be the attorney standing next to you in court. I NEVER send associates to my job. 
  • I believe it’s critical for every criminal client to be well-informed and fully engaged in the process. Defending your Rhode Island criminal case is truly a team effort, which is why I copy every client on every document coming in and out of the law office. 
  • All calls and emails will be returned within a few hours by me personally, NOT AN ASSOCIATE. 
  • I’m available 24/7/365

I provide a free and comprehensive initial consultation in all new cases. If you’ve been charged with a crime in Rhode Island and need to be represented by one of the best Rhode Island Criminal Lawyers in the state, contact S. Joshua Macktaz Esq. for a FREE consultation today at (401) 861-1155

Contact a Rhode Island criminal defense attorney 

The Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq. is available 24- hours a day seven days a week to help you with your criminal defense case. I can’t stress enough how important it is to contact an experienced Rhode Island criminal attorney immediately after an arrest so they can start working on your case. If you are looking to get the best results, you want someone who has extensive experience in all areas of criminal defense. 

I have offices in Cranston, Providence, Warwick, Narragansett, North Smithfield, and Newport. For a free consultation at one of my offices feel contact us at (401) 861-1155. Good people make mistakes too, don’t leave your freedom to chance. Contact Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq. today. 

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