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.RI DUI 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.RI Criminal Defense
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!RI Domestic Assault
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.RI Expungements
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
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....Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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 EXPUNGEDRead More
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...Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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:...Read More
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...
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...
December 23, 2013
Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by DA I am in my early 50’s and I was facing a DUI and a reckless driving charge, both first offenses. I was extremely upset, distraught and alarmed about the probable damage to my reputation. I needed representation that had 4 key elements: experience with DUI defense, comprehensive legal knowledge on...
December 23, 2013
Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by MLR Searching on-line and through ads in a phone book isn’t comforting when you’re in need of legal help for your child even if he is a young adult. I felt helpless. As a mother, trusting someone with your son’s future isn’t an easy decision. In my search, I came across...
November 14, 2013
Joshua Macktaz Reviewed by EF Without reservation, I am recommending Joshua Macktaz as your attorney of choice. Right from the start, it was evident that Josh knew every aspect of the law regarding my case. He clearly and concisely walked me through what to expect, how we would defend the case and what the potential...