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Rhode Island Criminal Defense

The Rhode Island General Laws establish penalties for people who have been arrested and convicted of crimes in the state of RI.  If you have been arrested and charged with any criminal charge it is crucial to hire the best RI criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and your reputation. 

A criminal conviction 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.  

It is critical to hire a defense lawyer who has seen it all, defended it all, and has excellent relationships with prosecutors and judges throughout the state of Rhode Island. 

We all know how this state works, and these relationships are invaluable and always lead to better case results for my criminal clients. 

All RI criminal defense lawyers are NOT the same, not even close, and the outcome of criminal cases vary widely depending on your defense attorney’s effectiveness, or ineffectiveness.  You don’t want to make the wrong choice.     

RI criminal law cases S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq. defends: 


  • Former Rhode Island State Prosecutor
  • Judges, Lawyers and Police Officers refer family and friends to my law firm for representation
  • 27+ years of experience in Rhode Island criminal law
  • 300+ Five Star online reviews across all platforms
  • Aggressive, experienced and personal representation of all clients 
  • Strong and long-standing relationships with all Rhode Island Judges and prosecutors 
  • My goal in every case is DISMISSAL and then EXPUNGEMENT of all charges against you
  • I will be the lawyer reviewing and overseeing your case and I will be the attorney standing next to you in court.  Unlike so many other RI criminal defense law offices, I do NOT send associates to do my job.  I am in court every day of the week, and I strongly believe each client deserves this personal service.
  • I copy every client on every single document coming into the law office, or leaving the office, regarding their case.  I think it is critical for every client to be well-informed and fully engaged in the process.  Defending your Rhode Island criminal case is truly a team effort.
  • All calls and emails will be returned by me, not an associate, within a few hours of receiving the email or call.  
  • I provide a free and comprehensive initial consultation in all new cases.
  • I am available 24/7/365

If you have been charged with a criminal offense and need an experienced and one of the best Rhode Island Criminal Lawyers contact S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq. for a free consultation.

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