How To Handle False Accusations of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence tends to be a very sensitive subject, and with good reason. An average of 24 people per minute are victims of domestic violence, by an intimate partner, in the United States. That is over 12 million people a…

Sexual Assault In Rhode Island

Sexual Assault In Rhode Island It is illegal in Rhode Island for a person to have sex with a minor, which in this case pertains to anyone under the age of sixteen. The act is still considered illegal if the…

Domestic Violence Cases in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, the prosecution of domestic violence cases are highly prevalent at both the District and Superior court levels. However, misdemeanor charges are generally resolved in District Court and felonies in Superior Court. In District Court, the typical domestic…

Announcement: Superior Court Diversion Program

Attorney John E. MacDonald has been selected to participate in the Superior Court’s Alternative Sentencing/Diversion Committee. In Superior Court, there is a great need for alternative sentencing to avoid the harsh consequences of permanent criminal convictions. Mr. MacDonald looks forward…

False Accusations

False accusations of sexual assault are real. They take place every day in police stations and courtrooms throughout the United States. Unfortunately, our criminal justice system works on the presumption that alleged victims of sexual violence are telling the truth….

Can my criminal history be expunged in Rhode Island?

The presence of criminal arrests or convictions on your record can devastate your ability to get or keep a job, not to mention ruin your reputation. Maintaining a clean criminal history and expunging old records should be your top priority….

Child Pornography Investigations

Child pornography investigations are relatively simple. Law enforcement has the software to track who is on file sharing sites where images of child pornography may be posted, viewed or downloaded. Known images of child pornography have a numerical hashtag value…

Rhode Island Criminal Defense: A Practice Manual, 8th Edition

Attorney John E. MacDonald is presenting the rollout of the 8th edition of his Rhode Island Criminal Defense, A Trial Manual, on December 5, 2018 before members of the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. This manual covers every…

Deferred Sentencing in Rhode Island: What You Need to Know

In Rhode Island, the law is quite strict against certain crimes. Fortunately, certain laws can prevent you from facing a harsh sentence. Deferred sentencing is one of those laws. Learn about getting a deferred sentence and what it means for…

Rhode Island Laws Could Be Getting an Update

Rhode Island laws are no different from any other state’s in that they are ever evolving. This means that sometimes antiquated laws get left behind. This is because either they are forgotten about in the concern for other legal actions…

Facing Spousal Abuse Charges in Rhode Island

Being a victim of spousal abuse is a tricky and unfortunate situation. Many factors contribute to a case of spousal abuse which can include forms of stalking or physical and emotional damage. The pursuit of spousal abuse charges depends on…

Solicitation Of A Minor Charges

The world is changing. The internet has made it possible to meet people around the country and even the world for romantic relationships and even one-night stands. Apps on a smartphone make it possible to find people that are located…