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General Questions
  1. What experience do you have with criminal cases?
  2. How might I reach out to your office?
    The best way is by calling (401) 861-1155
  3. What is the best time to call you?
    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.
  4. Where are the offices located?
    We have five offices serving Rhode Island residents; located in Providence, Newport, Warwick, Narragansett and North Smithfield.
  5. What areas of criminal defense do you specialize?
    S. Joshua Macktaz specializes in several criminal defense areas, including DUI, DWI, BUI, traffic violations, expungements and more
  6. Are there any testimonials or case results I can refer to in order to see your track record?
    Yes. You can review some of my case results here. In addition, you can see what some of my clients had to say about the firm and the way we handled their cases here.
  7. How can I keep up with your law firm or learn more about the laws regarding my case?
    You can follow the firm on Facebook while reading more reviews. Read our tweets on Twitter, or read up on our law blog.
DUI/DWI Questions
  1. What is the difference between DUI and DWI in Rhode Island?
  2. Can I get a DUI/DWI for operating something other than a car?
  3. What is the legal limit?
  4. What is implied consent?
  5. What are the consequences of a DUI or DWI?
  6. What does a DWI lawyer do?
    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 Questions
  1. What is expungement?
    Expungement is the process of erasing an arrest or conviction from a person’s criminal record publicly. more about Rhode Island expungements
  2. Is a pardon the same thing as expungement?
  3. Can you expunge a felony in Rhode Island?
  4. Do expunged records show up on background checks?
  5. How long do you have to wait to get your record expunged?
  6. What does the expungement process look like?
Criminal Defense Questions
  1. What does a criminal defense lawyer do?
    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.
  2. If I am under arrest, do I have to speak to the police?
  3. Do I need a lawyer for a misdemeanor arraignment?
  4. Why should I hire a criminal defense lawyer?
    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.
  5. What sort of cases does a criminal defense lawyer take?
    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.
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Josh was very professional. Took time to answer all my questions in a timely fashion. Made me feel at ease about the situation. Great lawyer
Brandon Nantais
Brandon Nantais
10:06 07 May 19
Mr. Macktaz is an outstanding lawyer. He goes above and beyond for his clients making sure they get the best possible outcome there is! He believes good people sometimes make bad mistakes. I would highly reccommend his services. He will be with you every step of the way.
Haley Nims
Haley Nims
17:00 05 May 19
Josh Macktaz is is an excellent attorney who really goes above and beyond for his client.I found him to be very trustworthy and intelligent. I had a technical probation violation. I needed a good lawyer for representation and Josh came highly recommended. He was very honest, respectful and made you feel at ease throughout the whole process. I would highly recommend him to family & friends.Thank You Josh & God Bless -Sam
Sam Wlt
Sam Wlt
18:21 01 May 19
Josh is committed to following through with his clients and ensuring they are happy. He is not only thorough but he is very responsive and cares. I appreciated his help and he adequately explained the process.
Aly Starr
Aly Starr
02:27 25 Feb 19
My Experience with Josh representing me was beyond what I could have hoped for. Josh explained his thoughts and exceptions on my case & followed through to receive the best outcome.. Cannot thank you enough Josh!
Troy McGann
Troy McGann
13:12 15 Jan 19
I highly recommend the services of Josh Macktaz. He was responsive, efficient and very realistic about my case and the associated penalties. My legal costs were exactly as he suggested on our first call (which were fair). He is very knowledgeable of the Rhode Island law and has very strong contacts at the traffic tribunal. Related, he handled minor hearings without me which saved me money and travel time. He did the best possible job for a guy in my situation. Anyone that has a drunk driving charge in RI that does not consider Josh Macktaz is risking their future and wasting their dollars.
Chad M
Chad M
23:10 13 Jan 19
My experience with Josh was beyond positive. If I could rate higher than five stars I would. Through out my entire process he was professional, straightforward, knowledgeable and understanding. It did not take long after meeting him I knew I needed him to represent me. Although my road was long Josh stuck with me every step of the way. There is no doubt in my mind without him I would not have been able to get the best possible outcome in my case. For that my family and I are forever grateful to him. He truly is a master of his craft and a fighter through and through. If you need representation look no further " This is the Man you want In your corner."
Daniel James
Daniel James
14:08 22 Dec 18
I hired Joshua Mactaz to represent me. He did an amazing job. He is very knowledgeable, hard worker and will do anything for you. I would recommend him to anyone and I would certainly have him represent me again.
Susan DeFedele
Susan DeFedele
06:41 14 Dec 18
We always dealt with Josh Macktaz directly. He walked us through every step of the process and answered all our questions. His representation for us in the court room was handled professionally and we are extremely happy with the outcome.
Cheryl DeFeo
Cheryl DeFeo
00:24 14 Dec 18
Amazing lawyer. Josh explained every step to resolving my issue and got me the best possible outcome for my case. He is very to the point and will fight to defend his clients in their toughest times. If you find yourself in trouble in Rhode Island, there is no one I would recommend more than Josh!
James McKeown
James McKeown
04:46 06 Oct 18
Prior to contacting Joshua I was a mess. He put me at ease during my free consultation and I decided he was the right person to represent me on the spot. He delivered on everything he said he would.
Anthony Mayer
Anthony Mayer
19:38 14 Sep 18
Joshua was great he dealt with my case with effectivness and in a very timely manner. He call me when he was telling me that he was going 2 change or do something that would benefit my case I appreciate the professionalism he gave and showed I would highly recommend using his services
Chris Baccelli
Chris Baccelli
19:59 12 Sep 18
After meeting with several lawyers I chose Mr. Macktaz to represent me. His professionalism and positive attitude helped ease the stress of a difficult situation. Josh provided a detailed timeline of the court process and was clear on what my expectations should be. He was prompt in returning my calls and answered any questions or concerns that I had. I would recommend Josh to anyone in need of representation as he went above and beyond in securing the best possible outcome for my case.
Paul DiLorenzo
Paul DiLorenzo
04:31 14 Aug 18
With Joshua Macktaz, Professional... he helped in my case and I thank him for his help and I truly recommend him for any case, one of the best in the business
jose carrion
jose carrion
23:23 11 Aug 18
Mr. Macktaz was very professional and helped me with my legal issues swiftly and very effectively. Who knew what to do and every steps to take. Highly recommended, one of the best in the business.
Uodam Sann
Uodam Sann
15:08 10 Aug 18
I will start off by saying I knew nothing about the criminal or traffic court system until March 2018. I made a choice to have one too many and was arrested (DUI). Dealing with the embarrassment of an arrest and fear of losing my job, I "google searched for a DUI lawyer" and Josh Macktaz name appeared. Although apprehensive about using a a Google Review to determine my future, I made the call. This is my experience... 1) Mr. Macktaz made time to meet me the day I outreached him. (free consultation)2) During our initial meeting Macktaz outlined in detail what I had ahead of me; including court dates and car insurance details.3) Mr. Macktaz was at every court appearance and explained what was going to happen in court and the potential outcome.4) He was confident in what the outcome would be... and he was right!In closing... would I retain Mr. Macktaz if I ever needed criminal representation again? Yes, he would be my first phone call. He continually follows up with his clients. I never felt the need to outreach Mr. Macktaz since he called or emailed first!
22:15 03 Jul 18
Professional, experienced and extremely knowledgeable! Josh took the time to answer all my questions, and was always very responsive. He was able to put my mind at ease. He was able to get my charges dismissed and my case expunged. Best Attorney in RI!!!
15:56 09 May 18
Josh was very professional and extremely knowledgeable of my situation. He took the time to meet with me face to face multiple times to gather all the facts so he could develop the best plan possible. After collecting the facts he sat me down and he discussed all the options I had and why certain options may or may not be available in my situation. During this very difficult time, I at least felt comfortable that I received the best possible outcome and Josh is the reason why. A true professional through and through.
Neal Manaskie
Neal Manaskie
19:28 23 Apr 18
For someone who is totally new to the court system Josh took the time to sit and explain options,situations and solutions before he even a dollar was given. He made you feel protected within the court system, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for good help. He was a total down to earth and knowledgeable person someone you'd want on your side. Any help or questions I had were solved within hours by email and he kept connected with me throughout the whole process. Me and my whole family are greatful for the help! Thanks Josh !
Dylan Nunez
Dylan Nunez
02:54 22 Mar 18
Josh is unlike any attorney I've ever had contact with: and I have worked with and for several. Customer service is a key part of the great service he personally delivered. It is with great confidence that I am able to refer him. He brought me the best results possible. He also returned every single phone call. Thanks Josh!
Kathleen Whitmarsh
Kathleen Whitmarsh
17:07 13 Mar 18

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