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Since 1997, I have served as a Criminal Defense Attorney in Rhode Island. Prior to that, I served as Special Assistant Attorney General prosecuting criminal cases. continue reading
The best way is by calling (401) 861-1155. You can call the Providence office at 401.285.2226 or the Newport office at 401-285-2996.
Clients and potential clients can reach me 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Regardless of the time of day or year, a member of our team is standing by to assist you with your issue.
We have two offices serving Rhode Island residents; one located in Providence, and one located in Newport.
The law firm of S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq. specializes in several different practice areas, including:
Rhode Island DUI and DWI consequences are quite harsh. DUI is short for “Driving Under the Influence” [of drugs or alcohol]. Similarly, DWI stands for “Driving While Intoxicated.” continue reading
Yes. You can get a DWI or DUI charges for operating a boat with a BAC over the legal limit continue reading
The legal limit (BAC) for any driver 21 years of age or older is 0.08 percent. continue reading
Rhode Island’s implied consent laws state that anyone operating a motor vehicle gives consent to a chemical blood test continue reading
The refusal of breathalyzer in RI can result in loss of license, fines and fees, community service and more. continue reading
Rhode Island DUI penalties differ based on the perpetrator’s age and Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC).continue reading
In general, a DUI/DWI lawyer fights to expunge the charges against a defendant or otherwise limit and reduce the punishment one faces. A member of the S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq. legal team has in-depth understanding of RI DUI laws and defense strategies.
Expungement is the process of erasing an arrest or conviction from a person’s criminal record publicly. continue reading
No. A pardon can only come from the President of the United States of America. It signifies the forgiveness for a crime continue reading
It depends. If a defendant is not acquitted during the legal process, he or she may opt for a filing. continue reading
Rhode Island expungement laws state that expungement id only available to first-time offenders not convicted of a violent crime. continue reading
It depends. While expungement is meant to stay off public records. However, private records may contain this information. Depending on the company running your background check, this information may still appear on the report.
It depends on the classification of the crime. See below for a breakdown of expungement waiting periods:
A criminal defense attorney represents a company or person facing criminal charges of all varieties. A defense attorney can speak on his or her client’s behalf, investigate the details of a case and collect evidence or statements, devise defense strategies, negotiate for minimal punishment, and apprise the client of all available options. If you are unsure of what to look for in a criminal defense lawyer, consider his or her experience with your case type, the results of the cases, and overall reputation.
If police take you into custody, a criminal defense lawyer may advise you not to speak to police personnel until you first speak to your attorney. Sometimes, the police will attempt to use your words against you to get a conviction. Wait for your defense lawyer to arrive, who can advise you of how to address the police before you answer any questions.
The arraignment is the first time a criminal defendant stands before a judge to enter a plea. Typically, a person can navigate this on his or her own. However, having an attorney present at the time of your misdemeanor arraignment can prove beneficial for many unforeseen events or questions.
In some instances, the state will assign defendants free criminal lawyers. While these individuals serve their appointed clients, they represent several clients facing many different criminal infractions at once. Hiring an attorney with experience handling your specific type of case may be your best option in getting focused representation and fair treatment.
Your defense attorney can handle a variety of criminal cases. The legal team at the Law Firm of S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq. handles a plethora of cases, including assault and battery, drug and narcotics offenses, Driving Under the Influence or Driving While Intoxicated, driving with a suspended driver license, white collar crimes, and shoplifting.