DUI and Breathalyzer Refusal Defense
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 24×7 for a FREE consultation.
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.
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!
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.
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
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….
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…
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…
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…
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
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…
July 2013: Speeding (105 in a 55MPH)
Police Report: Warwick Police observe Client’s vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on 95N and radar confirms Client’s vehicle is traveling 105 MPH. Defense Result: Speeding(105 in a 55MPH): NOT GUILTY AFTER TRIAL AND NO LOSS OF LICENSE.
June 2013: Assault & Battery; Disorderly Conduct
Police Report: Client is part of a bachelor party in Newport, RI. After a long night of drinking, Client and his friends get into an altercation with another bachelor party at one of the bars. Witnesses tell police they saw Client sucker-punch another man during the fight. Defense Result: Assault and Battery: DISMISSED AND EXPUNGED…
June 2013: Driving Under the Influence; Breathalyzer Refusal
Police Report: South Kingstown Police are called to the scene of a roll-over accident. Upon arrival, police observe Client’s truck on its side in the middle of the road with Client standing next to the truck being assisted by bystanders. Client takes the preliminary breath test at the scene and registers a .167. Defense Result:…
May 2013: Possession of Marijuana; Possession of Alcohol by Minor
Police Report: Burrillville Police are looking for a wanted person and come upon Client and friend in the area of their search. Police then question Client and search her backpack finding a small amount of marijuana, a bowl and grinder, and a bottle of vodka. Defense Result: Possession of Alcohol by Minor: DISMISSED AND SEALED…
May 2013: Driving Under the Influence
Police Report: Client is observed by Warwick Police to drive through a stop sign. Client then leads police on a chase which ends in an accident with a tree after refusing to stop for their flashing lights. Police observe Client to have an odor of alcohol, bloodshot/watery eyes and fought with the police at the…
May 2013: Assault and Battery; Disorderly Conduct
Police Report: Client is at a nightclub in Providence and sees an ex-girlfriend with her new boyfriend. After angry glances are exchanged as the night went on, Client walked over to his ex-girlfriend to speak to her about the tension. Client ends up in a fight with his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend at the club and…
May 2013: Domestic Assault and Battery; Domestic Disorderly Conduct; Domestic Malicious Damage
Police Report: Client is suspicious that his fiancé is cheating on him. So one day instead of going to work Client stakes out his own house to see if he can catch his fiancé cheating. Client observes an unknown male drive up to his home and be allowed inside by his fiancé. Client immediately walks…
April 2013: Driving Under the Influence; B.A.C. between .10-.15
Police Report: Criminal Police Report: Woonsocket Police receive an anonymous call of an erratic driver and attempt to find the vehicle in question. After approximately 45 minutes, the police find the vehicle and pull Client’s car over. Upon approaching the driver’s side window, police immediately smell a strong odor of alcohol, bloodshot eyes and slurred…
Criminal Defense Client – October 2013
Attorney Joshua Macktaz is highly professional, punctual & personable. His impeccable reputation assured me of his capability at resolving my legal matter in the best possible way. Very satisfied client after getting my case dismissed & expunged.
Criminal Defense Client – October 2013
As I was facing criminal charges for the first time, I was very nervous and stressed. Josh helped calm me down always maintaining an upbeat yet honest demeanor. Josh has a very strong presence in the courtroom and understands the system. He has a very keen eye for detail, which helped me out tremendously in my case. As a result of his professionalism, commitment, and knowledge, I was able to get the best possible outcome that I could hope for. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Josh and would highly recommend him to anyone facing a similar circumstance as I did.
Criminal Defense Client – September 2013
I’m writing this letter in gratitude and recommendation for attorney Joshua Macktaz. Never in my life did I think I’d have any altercations with the law, none the less 2 in one year. Joshua was recommended to me and from that moment we met in his office, we knew we chose the right lawyer.
Very professional, knowledgeable, to the point, caring and confident that all would be well. Always prompt on returning any calls or questions I may have had and put my mind at ease with the situations that laid ahead. I made out very well in my case and it’s thanks to attorney Joshua Macktaz, he was a pleasure to work I recommend in high regards.
Thank you again
Criminal Defense Client – September 2013
Mr. Josh Macktaz is clearly a professional, as he’s well versed with the law and confident in his abilities. He is frank and steers clear of inflating clients’ expectations with false promises.
There is no other lawyer I would feel more comfortable calling on for a future case. The outcome of my case wouldn’t be nearly as pretty had I not had the expertise of Mr. Macktaz to work with me through the process. Working with him relieved a lot of stress I felt about my case and situation, and I cannot begin to express my level of gratitude for everything he’s done.