Rhode Island DUI Attorney and Criminal Defense Lawyer, Joshua Macktaz

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Former Rhode Island State Prosecutor with 20+ Years of Experience with DUI and Criminal Defense

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The Law Office of S. Joshua Macktaz, Esq.

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.

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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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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

April 2014: Criminal Charges: Felony Possession of OxyContin; Assault and Battery (Domestic); Disorderly Conduct (Domestic)

Police Report: Woonsocket Police are called to Client’s apartment after neighbors called police about a loud argument. Upon arrival, police observe the Client to be crying and her husband with scratches on his face. The house also appears as though there had been a fight. Police arrest Client and find 4 OxyContin pills in her...

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Mar 2014: Criminal Charges: Shoplifting

Police Report: JC Penny security at Warwick mall watch Client select some make-up from Sephora section of store and conceal it in her baby carriage with her 9 month old son. As Client leaves the store and passes all cash registers, security stops Client and escorts her back to the security office where they recover...

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Mar 2014: Criminal Charges: Assault and Battery (Domestic); Disorderly Conduct (Domestic)

Police Report: A Coventry Police officer on a stationary post in a shopping lot is approached by a motor vehicle being operated by the alleged victim and his new girlfriend. The alleged victim tells the police officer that he had been assaulted by the Client, with whom he has a dating relationship, and she was...

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Feb 2014: Criminal Charges: Assault and Battery (Domestic); Disorderly Conduct (Domestic)

Police Report: South Kingstown police are called to a residence for the report of a suicidal male. Upon arrival police speak to the alleged victim to find out why he was threatening to kill himself. Alleged victim tells police that Client had just hit him in the head with a boot and left the residence....

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Feb 2014: Criminal Charges: Shoplifting

Police Report: Security at Kohl’s in Warwick watch Client take price tags off of some items and place them in her bag. Security attempts to stop and have Client return to the store but Client refuses and drives away. Warwick Police are called by Kohl’s security and stop Client’s vehicle. Criminal Case Result: Shoplifting: DISMISSED...

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January 2014: Criminal Charges- Possession of Alcohol by a Minor; Obstruction of Justice

Police Report: Narragansett Police are called to the report of a loud house party. Upon arrival, police observe 25-30 URI students on the porch and in the house. As they approach the house everyone scatters in different directions to avoid arrest by the police. Police enter the house and find Client on the couch with...

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January 2014: Criminal Charges- Loitering for Prostitution

Police Report: Providence Police, working in a sting operation, send undercover officers into the Satin Dolls strip club looking to arrest dancers who are offering more than a dance. Undercover officer receives a lap dance from Client who then invites the officer to the “private area” in back. Once in the area, Client offers to...

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December 2013: Criminal Charges- Solicitation from a Motor Vehicle

Police Report: Central Falls police set up a sting operation with a female officer posing as a prostitute to arrest men looking to pay for sex. Client approaches undercover officer and after striking up a conversation, offers $150.00 for oral sex. Client is immediately arrested by other officers. Criminal Case Result: Solicitation from a Motor...

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December 2013: Criminal Charges- Possession of Between 1 ounce and 1 Kilogram of Marijuana

Police Report: East Providence Police observe Client run a red light and stop his car. When they approach car, police smell an overwhelming smell of freshly burnt marijuana. Upon searching the car, Police find 5 ounces of marijuana in a bag in the back seat. Criminal Case Result: Possession of Marijuana (1 oz. to 1...

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November 2013: Domestic Assault and Battery; Domestic Disorderly Conduct; Resisting Arrest

Police Report: A witness driving behind Client’s vehicle observes through the back window of his car Client punch his female passenger on the left side of her head “2-3 times”. He calls Cranston Police and continues to follow vehicle while relaying his location to the police. Cranston Police find Client’s vehicle and pull it over....

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November 2013: Driving Under the Influence; Breathalyzer Refusal

Police Report: An anonymous caller driving behind Client’s vehicle calls the South Kingstown Police to report she is behind a drunk driver. The caller follows Client, relaying their location to the police until Client is eventually stopped. Police approach Client’s vehicle and immediately observe an open container of alcohol in the center console and the...

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October 2013: Driving Under the Influence; Breathalyzer Refusal

Police Report: An off-duty Newport cop is traveling behind Client’s vehicle and observes it to “be all over the road”. He contacts the Newport police who locate Client’s vehicle and witness the car run a stop sign. Police stop Client’s vehicle and observe Client to have a strong odor of alchohol, bloodshot/watery eyes and slurred...

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September 2013: Domestic Assault and Battery; Domestic Disorderly Conduct

Police Report: Warwick Police are called to the home of Client and his wife by their nanny. The nanny reports witnessing Client first verbally abusing his wife and then slapping her in the face when she attempts to call a friend for a ride. Police arrive and see red marks on wife’s face consistent with...

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August 2013: Disorderly Conduct (Indecent Exposure)

Police Report: Gloucester Police receive numerous 911 calls of a man with his pants down and genitals exposed on the side of the road. Police respond and find client sitting on the curb with his pants down to his ankles and his genitals exposed. Criminal Case Result: Disorderly Conduct: DISMISSED AND EXPUNGED

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July 2013: Driving Under the Influence Above a .15

Police Report: Several witnesses call the Lincoln Police to report an erratic driver on 146N saying “he is all over the road”. Client is followed home by one of the witnesses who then calls the Lincoln PD with the location. Police arrive and after speaking with Client detect a moderate odor of alcohol, bloodshot and...

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Client Testimonials

I was very pleased with the representation that I received from Josh Macktaz

April 9, 2014

Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by “GH” I was very pleased with the representation that I received from Josh Macktaz. Josh was excellent at explaining the legal process, possible outcomes, and the options available to me. His promptness in returning calls is unparalleled and he exhibited a genuine concern for my situation. Josh tells it like it...

Josh worked diligently

March 25, 2014

Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by “KM” I am a father of two with a career that has both significant visibility & responsibility. I had a lot on the line both personally & professionally. He provided me with a clear understanding of my options and set my expectations of the process. Josh worked diligently as an advocate...

Thank you for your professional handling of this case.

February 25, 2014

Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by “Maria” Thank you for your professional handling of this case. We feel that you were instructive throughout the process, and we are pleased with the outcome of the case. Thank you so much!” Rating: 5 out of 5 -Excellent Joshua Macktaz 5 out of 5 based on 1 rating. 1 user...

Underage DUI case

January 23, 2014

Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by “D” I would like to thank Attorney Joshua Macktaz. He represented our son and our family in his underage DUI case. His expertise and counsel were invaluable in providing the best defense possible. His efficiency and knowledge made the whole process less stressful. What made it even better was his follow-up...

Joshua has the experience and knows the system

January 13, 2014

Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by Denise M. Johnson If you want an excellent lawyer who is professional, right to the point, and has the knowledge to get a case done the best way possible, that would be Joshua. Joshua has the experience and knows the system, due to being a past attorney general lawyer, to get...