Law Offices of John R. Bernardo III

Law Offices of John R. Bernardo III

Hire your own Aggressive Advocate with thirty-three years of Experience and Knowledge. Attorney Bernardo has been successfully defending all Misdemeanor and Felony cases as well as DUIs and Refusals for over 30 years. Make the right call today !

Firm Overview

Many persons charged with a DUI are hopeful that if their case can not be dismissed that maybe a lesser charge could be possible and maybe even a charge that does not include a a 'record of conviction ' or a loss of license. When Attorney Bernardo takes on a new DUI case his first goal is to determine if there is any possible way to have the charged dismissed. If a dismissal is not possible, he then will explore the likelihood of alternate dispositions involving a charge other than a DUI including a charge where there is no record of conviction or loss of license. Attorney Bernardo has been very successful in defending DUI charges and some of his many recent (in the last three months) outcomes are as follows:

- DUI dismissed for lack of Probable Cause to Arrest after an accident. Mike J., Pawtucket
- DUI dismissed for lack of reasonable grounds to stop (911 caller proved inaccurate) Carilynn, Warwick
- DUI amended to Reckless driving- Filed with no loss of License (prosecution unable to prove operation). Rick D. South Kingstown, RI
- DUI amended to Reckless Driving (breath test extrapolation argument) Thomas D. State Police
- Second Offense DUI amended to Reckless driving (first conviction defective) Nicole, Newport

If you have been charged with a DUI or Refusal, the smartest thing you should now due is call the right (best) attorney !

Call Attorney John Bernardo to hire the best advocate with the most experience and knowledge to protect your rights!
Attorney Bernardo is available 24 hours a day for emergency contact for prospective and current clients
( 401 529-5671 ). He is also available to practicing attorneys for referral and advice.
Main Office
Main Office
105 Main St,
Wakefield  RI  02879
Phone
  • (401) 788-0049
Fax
  • (401) 788-0059
Websites

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?
Initial Consultations are Free of Charge
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Criminal Defense in all misdemeanor and felony matters. Also, probation and bail violation hearings as well as expungement and post-conviction relief petitions.
Hourly Rates
Rates are negotiable

Office Information

Office Hours
7:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Weekend and after Hours and Home appointments too
Emergency After Hours
Yes
Languages Spoken
English and Spanish

Other Offices

Attorney Bernardo is also available to meet with a client in any courthouse in the State.

Attorney Bernardo is also available to meet with a client in any courthouse in the State.
DUI and DWI
Attorney Bernardo maintains a small practice so that he can concentrate on the specific challenges of each client's case. He understands the importance of being available to his clients and he always returns his clients calls in a timely manner.
If you have been unfortunate enough to have been charged in Rhode Island with either a DUI or a Refusal (or both), the good news is that it is not a foregone conclusion that you will lose your ability to drive your vehicle once your license has been suspended. A relatively new law in Rhode Island now makes it possible for persons with a suspended license, as a result of a DUI or Refusal, to drive their own vehicle to and from certain places (with an installed interlock device). Attorney John Bernardo has the knowledge and experience regarding this new law and he has prepared many successful motions to enable his clients to drive even though their licenses have been suspended ! Not all lawyers are aware of the intricacies of this new law or how to file the proper paperwork and information so that a judge or magistrate may grant a hardship license. Attorney John Bernardo has been successful numerous times in obtaining hardship licenses allowing his clients to drive with a suspended license to and from employment, medical appointments, job training, schooling, and or any other valid reason proposed by Attorney John Bernardo and approved by a judge or magistrate. Remember, though, a hardship license can not be granted unless an interlock device has been installed in your vehicle. Attorney John Bernardo has all the information including the contact phone numbers, location and costs for the authorized interlock installers located here in Rhode Island. Attorney John Bernardo also has the intimate knowledge and experience necessary for all persons charged with DUI or Refusals as they navigate their way through the requirements of Operator Control at the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Many persons charged with a DUI are hopeful that if their case can not be dismissed that maybe a lesser charge could be possible and maybe even a charge that does not include a a 'record of conviction ' or a loss of license. When Attorney Bernardo takes on a new DUI case his first goal is to determine if there is any possible way to have the charged dismissed. If a dismissal is not possible, he then will explore the likelihood of alternate dispositions involving a charge other than a DUI including a charge where there is no record of conviction or loss of license. Attorney Bernardo has been very successful in defending DUI charges and some of his many recent (in the last three months) outcomes are as follows:

->DUI dismissed for lack of Probable Cause to Arrest after an accident. Mike J., Pawtucket
->DUI dismissed for lack of reasonable grounds to stop (911 caller proved inaccurate) Carilynn, Warwick
->DUI amended to Reckless driving- Filed with no loss of License (prosecution unable to prove operation). Rick D. South Kingstown, RI
->DUI amended to Reckless Driving (breath test extrapolation argument) Thomas D. State Police
->Second Offense DUI amended to Reckless driving (first conviction defective) Nicole, Newport

The smartest thing a person can do who has been charged with a DUI or Refusal is to call the right attorney.

Call Attorney John Bernardo to hire the best advocate with the most experience and knowledge to protect your rights!

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

If you love doing your job then you are very fortunate and lucky. Attorney Bernardo loves going to court and defending his clients. He especially enjoys the attorney-client relationship where he is responsible to his clients in ensuring that all their constitutional, statutory, and case law rights are invoked, manipulated and employed in any way necessary to achieve a favorable outcome for his clients.

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

There is no education like experience and Attorney Bernardo has over thirty years of successful representation.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

Dedication, commitment, experience, understanding and a proven track record.

John Bernardo

License
  • Bar Number: 2873
    Rhode Island , 1983
Education
  • New England Law
    Juris Doctor , 1982
    Attorney Bernardo spent his three years in law school as an advocate for prisoners and prisoner's rights. He was elected to the serve as Lead Articles Editor for the New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement.
  • Boston University
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science , 1979
    While at Boston University, Mr. Bernardo studied political science concerning the United States government as well as the governments of other countries especially relative to those countries interactions, past, present, and future, with the United States.

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