Law office of S. Joshua Macktaz

Firm Overview

My firm is focused on 70% Criminal Defense, 20% on Personal Injury, and 10% on Family Law.

I am a former Rhode Island Special Assistant Attorney General from 1993 to 1997. During those years, I prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases ranging from disorderly conduct 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 DUI investigations and prosecutions. This unique experience has allowed me a wealth of knowledge not readily available to the average Rhode Island DUI lawyer or Rhode Island criminal defense attorneys. Since 1997, I have been applying all that I have learned as a prosecutor in order to better benefit my private clients.

Since 1997 I have also been aggressively representing clients as a Rhode Island personal injury attorney to assist those injured as a result of car 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 Rhode Island 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 handling your case and 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 through my answering service ((401) 861-1155). My firm provides aggressive, personal representation and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Hablamos Espanol.

Example cases

CRIMINAL CHARGES: Possession of Marijuana
Police Report: Cranston Police stop Client for speeding and upon approaching the vehicle claim they smell a strong odor of marijuana. Police ask Client if there is any marijuana in the car and Client hands them a bag containing approximately one (1) ounce of marijuana.

Possession of Marijuana: DISMISSED

CRIMINAL CHARGES: Breathalyzer Refusal; Right Half of Roadway; Lane Roadway Violation; Driving an Unsafe Vehicle; Failing to Notify Authorities after Accident

Police Report: Client struck a pedestrian with her vehicle and fled the scene of the crime. Police stopped client and observed two (2) flat tires, and heavy front-end damage to her vehicle. Police observed client to have a strong odor of alcohol emitting from her breath, bloodshot watery eyes and a reddish face. Client was unable to complete field sobriety tests and failed all three (3) tests.

Count Three: DISMISSED

CRIMINAL CHARGES: Domestic Assault and Battery; Domestic Vandalism; Failure to Relinquish Phone
Police Report:
Newport Police respond to a report of yelling and screaming at approximately 2:00am. When they arrive alleged victim tells police that Client struck her, smashed her cell phone when she tried to call for help, and prevented her from using the home phone to call police. Client admits to taking the phone o

Main Office
127 Dorrance St. Penthouse Suite
Providence  RI  02903
  • (401) 861-1155
  • (401) 633-6376


Free Initial Consultation?
Free initial consultation for up to an hour.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Varies based on the specific facts of the case and will be discussed at the consultation.
Hourly Rates
Will be discussed at consultation.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Available 24/7 at (401) 861-1155
Emergency After Hours
Languages Spoken
Yes, Spanish

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

Enjoy providing those that need it with the best protection of their rights.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I strongly believe that all clients, and potential clients, are entitled to as much information as possible when making important decisions concerning legal matters.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients. I do that often with family law cases.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Not willing to do this.

S. Joshua Macktaz, Esquire

Rhode Island Special Assistant Attorney General from 1993 to 1997.

Growing up in a family of lawyers and practicing in the Attorney General's office provides me with an understanding and experience level uncommon to practicing defense attorneys.

Common Sense, trial ability, sense of fairness, and extensive knowledge of the law.

Personal interests:

Skiing, traveling, and the beach.

  • Bar Number: 5066
    Rhode Island , 2011
  • Suffolk University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1993
    Boston, MA
    Focused in General Law.
  • University of Vermont
    Bachelor of Arts , 1987
    Burlington, VT
    Political Science.

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