RI Criminal Defense Lawyer John E. MacDonald

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John E. MacDonald is recognized as a top RI Criminal Defense Lawyer and Trial Attorney in Providence, Rhode Island. His 20+ year track record of successfully defending criminal cases throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts in state and federal courts is second to none. Read More

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We proudly help clients in a wide-variety of criminal cases.
We've helped thousands of clients throughout the years who have been criminally accused.


“John, I would like to sincerely thank you for believing in me and working so diligently on my case. My family and I deeply appreciate everything you have done in winning back my freedom and restoring my innocence.”

"I was falsely accused of sexual assault, and attorneys John MacDonald and John Grasso worked tirelessly on my behalf with the result of a not guilty verdict. They were extremely knowledgeable and always available to answer questions or just to provide reassurance during a very stressful time. I never felt rushed during appointments. Before I contacted John MacDonald, I reached out to several other attorneys, and they all highly recommended John as the best in the state. I would give him a twenty-star review, if possible!”

“John MacDonald’s ability to speak, listen, and act on behalf of his clients is far superior to that of his colleagues. Under times of great duress, it was comforting to have such a powerhouse in my corner. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone caught in the crosshairs of the judicial system.” – P.P.

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