Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney
RI Criminal Defense – Areas of Practice
John E. MacDonald is recognized as a top Criminal Defense Attorney and Trial Attorney in Rhode Island. His track record of successfully defending criminal cases throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts is second to none. As a former public defender of the Rhode Island Department of Public Defenders, Attorney MacDonald has built a strong reputation for defending clients against felony and misdemeanor charges. Our law office is committed to providing each clients case with the time and focus it deserves. We will take the time to keep you updated regarding the progress of your case. Being accused of criminal charges can create difficulties in your relationships and possibly destroy your overall reputation. Our criminal defense lawyers are here to help you and your family through these difficult times. With nearly two decades of experience, Attorney MacDonald possesses the knowledge, experience and dedication to successfully and aggressively defend clients facing felony or misdemeanor charges in state and federal courts throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts for:
Sexual Assault or Rape
Assault and Battery
Possession of Child Pornography
Criminal Fraud Offenses
DUI and Breathalyzer Refusal
The Rhode Island Divorce Lawyers of The Law Office of John E. MacDonald, Inc. will protect your rights in Rhode Island Family Court. The process of divorce can create complex issues in the structure of your family. These difficult times demand focused attention from your legal team and the utmost level of discretion. Our Rhode Island divorce attorneys have built a successful track record of fighting for the rights of our clients and have successfully litigated numerous family law issues. Balancing aggressive legal representation with the compassion family law demands takes an experienced divorce lawyer. We help our clients obtain the results they desire in all areas of family law including divorce, child custody, child support and visitation through both litigation and divorce mediation. We also handle domestic problems involving violence, assault, or the need for or defense of a restraining order. Whether you are facing separation, divorce proceedings, a child custody battle or a visitation dispute, contact our Divorce Lawyers today for a free consultation.
The Rhode Island Immigration Lawyers of The Law Office of John E. MacDonald, Inc. successfully represent clients at the Boston Immigration Court and Providence Immigration Office. We successfully re-open old cases where there is a prior order of removal and terminate the case, both at the Boston Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals. We aim to modify sentencing or vacate criminal convictions on behalf of our clients facing major federal sentencing throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Our services also includes assisting clients in securing Green Cards in the U.S. Our attorneys help our clients obtain permanent residence through adjustment of status in the United States or consular processing abroad. Clients seeking US citizenship obtain our services to ensure that their petition is filed correctly and approved quickly. Our firm has a strong reputation for professionalism, competence and an unwavering commitment to superior legal representation.
Rhode Island Post Conviction Attorney John MacDonald works with many clients whose immigration status requires vacating a criminal conviction or modifying the sentence. Offering representation in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, the attorneys of our office will work with you to find all potential grounds to vacate a prior plea, remand to pre-trial and dismiss the matter. We specialize in creating focused strategies based on immigration issues and connecting them with criminal or domestic relations to dispose of simple guilty pleas. Our goal is withholding removals or canceling removals for our clients.
Many of our clients do not have immigration issues but simply need their record cleared and cannot do so through the normal expungement process. Our RHode Island Post-Conviction Relief Attorneys are ready to give your case the time and focus it deserves. If you or a family member or friend requires post-conviction relief representation in Massachusetts or Rhode Island , contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
Post Conviction Relief
Vacating Criminal Convictions
B.C.I.S. Removal Defense
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“I want to personally thank Attorney Elisha Morris for the way my deportation case was professionally handled. Elisha is an exceptional attorney and the Immigration Judge complimented her on the way all the legal paperwork was presented. I truly feel that without her help I would have been deported. My whole family is in her debt.”
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“Mr. John MacDonald, Thank you for doing your job as greatly as you do. I knew you were the ONE to do this for us. I will definitely recommend you. This outcome has meant more to us than you know. Being a defense attorney can be difficult at times but I assure you that you can have peace of mind.”
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“Thanks does not seem like enough after all you’ve done to help me these last two years…would never of been able to do it without you Elisha!!! I am in such awe of you!!! You taught me to stand strong and tall through it all !!! I admire you so much! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Divorce and Child Custody – Since 1998 until today:
…Though my divorce and subsequent custody case has been very trying and heart wrenching at times, I have always been strengthened by the support and professionalism of Elisha Morris and John MacDonald… I am very lucky to have Elisha representing my family. She has been dedicated and relentless in her quest to make sure we are treated fairly in a family court that sometimes isn’t. I have never felt like a client with a lawyer but a person being represented by a friend and I recommend Elisha to my friends because I know they are in the best hands possible….
Avvo Rating – Superb
Attorney John E. MacDonald is a Rhode Island trial lawyer practicing Criminal defense, DUI and Drunk Driving defense, immigration law and post-conviction relief in RI and MA. Attorney Elisha L. Morris is specialized in Rhode Island Domestic and Divorce, RI Family Court, Child Custody, Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, Immigration, and Personal Injury/Automobile Accidents. Law Office located in Providence RI.
Second Degree Sexual Assault: Not Guilty
After a five day jury trial in Providence Superior Court, client was found not guilty of second degree sexual assault. Attorney John MacDonald was retained by lead counsel Jason Knight to lend his expertise in trying these very difficult cases. From jury selection through closing argument, Attorneys MacDonald and Knight worked together to produce the result that the client deserved – Not Guilty.
Assault With a Dangerous Weapon: Not Guilty
Client charged with assault with a dangerous weapon (knife) when the complainant alleged that he was stabbed outside a house in Central Falls. The complainant testified with certainty that the client was the assailant. Attorney MacDonald was hired after the case had languished for nearly two years. He conducted an exhaustive investigation and located two witnesses that saw the event very differently. After a three-day jury trial, client was found not-guilty.
Campaign Violation: Dismissed
Client charged with violating Rhode Island Campaign laws by failing to note the campaign’s name on flyers distributed late during a 2012 campaign contest. Attorney MacDonald moved to dismiss the charge on the grounds that Rhode Island’s campaign statute is unconstitutional since it was a blanket prohibition against First Amendment protections. The Department of Attorney General agreed and the charge was dismissed. Link to Providence Journal article: Click here for article
Post Conviction Relief: Eligible to apply for cancellation of removal
Client was ordered removed based upon a 1997 possession of cocaine conviction. Client was denied the ability to apply for cancellation on this conviction due to a 1982 breaking and entering charge that constituted an aggravated felony. Attorney MacDonald filed post-conviction relief in the 1997 matter. After a full hearing, the trial judge did not render a decision for over a year. Not willing to wait, Attorney MacDonald filed post-conviction in the 1982 matter and successfully amended the sentence so that it no longer constituted an aggravated felony. Client is now eligible to re-open the removal case and apply for cancellation.
Child Support: Modification increases benefit
Attorney Morris filed a motion to register and modify a foreign judgment on mother’s behalf. The purpose of this motion was to register an out-of-state judgment awarding her child support. After decree is registered in Rhode Island, modification substantially increases the amount which she is entitled to receive.
Second Degree Child Molestation: Amended to assault
Client was charged with second degree child molestation. After an extensive investigation and negotiations with attorney general, the charge was amended to simple assault for probation. Client is spared a felony sex conviction and will not required to register as a sex offender.