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Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer

Providence Criminal Justice Attorney Experienced with Criminal, Federal & Military Defense

Our firm provides personalized, experienced, and successful representation for clients in need of a Criminal Defense Attorney to represent them in matters before the Rhode Island Federal Court and District Courts. Our practice focuses on Criminal Defense for Misdemeanors and Felonies, Military Defense, Federal Criminal Defense, and Violent Crime matters. We are licensed to practice in both state and federal courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Florida.

Free consultation offered in our office, your home, or detention facility. Call me at (401) 351-5100

RI Criminal Defense

If you have been accused of a crime in the Rhode Island, you need a highly experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer with a winning track record for success. Call Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer John L. Calcagni III today for a free consultation.

Federal Crimes

When you need the assistance of a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer, it is highly advisable that you hire someone who has extensive experience within the federal system. There are certain areas of the practice of law that require more experience and exposure than others, and Federal Criminal Defense is high on this list.

Military Defense

As a former prosecutor with the US Army JAG Corps and the US Attorney's Office, Attorney Calcagni is well versed in the prosecution and defense of all types of military criminal cases. This experience is invaluable in his ability to defend accused individuals on trial in Military Court for all types of crimes.


Rhode Island Criminal Attorney

John L. Calcagni, III

  • Former Federal Prosecutor
  • Army JAG
  • Licensed in Multiple State and Federal Jurisdictions
  • Unmatched Trial Record for Winning Verdicts
  • 2020 SuperLawyer and Top Ten Attorneys 2020
  • RI Superlawyer 2020
  • New England Superlawyer
  • Fully Staffed Criminal Defense Firm
  • Bilingual Criminal Defense Firm
  • Awarding Winning Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Top Attorney for Criminal Defense in New England
  • Accredited Lawyer of Distinction
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys
  • Top 10 Best American Institute of Criminal Defense
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What our past clients say about us

John has been very professional and knowledgeable during my time of need with him. He had been able to direct and guide me throughout my whole legal process.Thanks to him and his dedicated team for the past 2 yrs, I was able to clear my case and through it I was able to obtain my Citizenship. Thank you John for always being commutative and just a message away. I have no words to express how much you have done for me and for your work.

Jose Lora

John is a great lawyer. Extremely reliable. If you are in a bind this is the man that will get you out of it.

Nick Gerz

Top attorney's, felt extremely comfortable dealing with attorney Calcagni and Pensa, and the results definitely exceeded my expectation, rightfully so. Their prices might be higher comparing to others but you will get results and guarantee being in peace until your case is done so they really deserve every penny they take. Very responsive, very good reputations in courts, professionals and will go the extra mile to prove your Innocence. I recommend them without second thought

Maurice Daou

The law offices of john Calcagni are worth their weight in gold. I would highly recommend them. They were able to get my case squashed prior to ever seeing a court room. Arguably the best money I’ve ever spent. Attorney Pensa represented me and I am entirely grateful for his professionalism and expertise. If you find yourself in a situation, do yourself a favor and hire these professionals. You will not regret it.!.!.!

Sean Sears

Working with John and his team has been a great experience. They are there for you to assist and answer any and all questions as they come up. I would highly recommend him for anyone needing legal assistance.

David Moone

Mr. John Calcagni is indeed one of the best attorneys in the United States. I am so grateful for his passion, dedication, and professionalism. He helped my husband in his case and got him much lesser sentence that that was offered to him. Thank you so much! I can't tell you how much I appreciate the amazing legal work you did on his behalf. Mr. Calcagni has a lot of compassion for his clients and willingly listens to them. He has a very strong knowledge of law and is the finest attorney who is also very humble and considerate.

Tripti Asri

John Calcagni and his team are the best of the best; incredibly knowledgeable attorneys and hard working professionals! They went above and beyond walking me through every step of the process. I felt like I was in good hands and couldn’t be more satisfied with their representation! I will continue to recommend John and his team!

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Recent Case Results

Reading through our latest successful case results can give you a better understanding of the level of criminal defense experience and the results achieved for clients facing misdemeanors, felony charges, military charges, and federal criminal charges. We approach every case with a fresh perspective and a strategic plan that helps our clients feel confident about moving forward and overcoming their legal challenges. Click on the link below to see a list of our recent case results.

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We want our clients to feel positive about our law firm handling their criminal cases; that’s why we offer free consultations. These free consultations allow clients to sit down with the criminal defense lawyer handling their case. Your defense attorney can share thoughts on your options, potential defense strategies, and the best way to move forward. If you’re accused of a crime, contact the criminal defense law firm of John L. Calcagni, III today to schedule a free consultation.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    At The Law Offices of John L. Calcagni, III, we understand that facing a criminal charge can be an upsetting and complicated experience. We’re here to walk you through every step in the criminal justice system so you feel more confident about your case. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers to help you understand more about Rhode Island criminal law and how a criminal defense lawyer can assist you.

    Should I hire a criminal attorney in Rhode Island?

    Those who have been charged with a crime will have an option to be assigned a public defender or hire a private criminal defense attorney in Rhode Island. It’s important to understand the benefits of hiring a criminal defense attorney in these circumstances. Criminal defense attorney John L. Calcagni makes himself available and accessible to his clients, conducts comprehensive investigations into each case, uses his years of experience as a prosecutor to your advantage, and dedicates all of his time and resources to produce the best possible outcome. If you’re facing serious penalties, such as excessive jail time, you don’t want to risk your criminal case with a public defender that may not have the time or the resources to develop a defense plan. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case and learn more about your options.

    Why Hire a Trial Attorney?

    It is always advised to hire an attorney with extensive trial experience. At the pre-trial stage, a prosecutor and your defense attorney might try to reach a deal after reviewing the evidence and investigating the circumstances surrounding your case. If a plea deal or other arrangement, such as a dismissal, can’t be reached — your case will very likely go to trial. At this point, you want to have a criminal defense lawyer with the skills and knowledge to handle any jury or non-jury trial, and who’s already familiar with the details of your case. To learn more about John L. Calcagni’s lengthy history as a successful trial lawyer, contact our law firm today. Read more about why hire a trial attorney.

    How much does a Rhode Island criminal defense attorney cost?

    The cost of a Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer will vary depending on the circumstances of the charges. Some criminal cases take more time and resources than others, and that’s typically reflected in the cost. What we can tell you is that our previous clients with successful results will often say that the cost of a criminal lawyer is worth it, especially when you consider the consequences of a conviction. If you’d like to avoid severe penalties and work with a skilled and knowledgeable defense lawyer, call our law firm today to schedule a free consultation. Read more about how much does it cost to hire an attorney.

    What should you do after an arrest in Rhode Island?

    We understand that facing an arrest can be a scary experience, especially if this is your first time being accused of a crime. The best possible path you can take after an arrest is to contact a trustworthy and experienced criminal defense lawyer. The sooner you call, the better the results will be.

    You want to make sure your defense lawyer is there to support you and coach you through your arraignment hearing, which will happen at a District Court shortly after an arrest. If you’ve recently been arrested, contact The Law Office of John L. Calcagni as soon as possible to discuss your case.

    What are the levels of criminal offenses in Rhode Island?

    A criminal offense in Rhode Island can be broken down into three levels:

    • Petty Misdemeanor
    • Misdemeanor
    • Felony

    A petty misdemeanor is the least serious offense and a felony is the most serious offense. An example of a petty misdemeanor includes things like using offensive language in public or disrupting the peace. Penalties for petty misdemeanors can result in up to 6 months of jail time and $500 in fines. Even though these are considered lower-level crimes, it’s still highly recommended to work with a criminal lawyer if you’re charged with a petty misdemeanor.

    A misdemeanor is more serious than a petty misdemeanor but less serious than a felony. Examples of misdemeanors are petty theft, vandalism, or trespassing. The maximum penalties for misdemeanors in Rhode Island are 1 year of jail time and no more than $1000 in fines.

    A felony is the most severe offense. Examples of felonies include rape, drug crimes, kidnapping, or murder. A person can face anywhere from 1 year in jail to a lifetime in prison, depending on the severity of the crime. Rhode Island prosecutors take felony offenses very seriously and will likely want to punish a defendant to the fullest extent of the law, especially if violence was involved. It’s vital to have a skillful and knowledgeable attorney with trial experience if you’re charged with a felony. Contact our law firm today to learn more.

    What can you expect once you have been charged with a crime in Rhode Island?

    After you’ve been formally charged with a crime in Rhode Island, you’ll soon get a notice with the date of your arraignment hearing. At an arraignment hearing, a defendant stands before a judge in court and enters a plea of guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere.

    It is never advised to plead guilty without speaking to a defense attorney first. Many times, those accused will feel as though they have no options and plead guilty due to the intimidating nature of the criminal justice system. Remember that a criminal defense lawyer can explain your case from a different perspective and help you to see your options. The way your case unfolds from the arraignment hearing forward will heavily depend on the skills of your lawyer.

    What types of criminal charges does your law office handle?

    Put simply, our law firm can handle any criminal charge that you’re facing. It doesn’t matter if it’s considered a serious crime or a lower-level crime, we can represent you.  Here is a list of services we provide and criminal charges and cases we defend:

    • Military cases
    • Federal charges
    • Assault charges
    • Drug charges
    • Gun charges
    • Sex crime charges
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    If you require a powerful defense and legal representation, contact our law firm immediately to speak with an attorney.

    How do you hire a good criminal defense attorney?

    You want to keep a few key things in mind when looking for a good criminal defense attorney. First and most importantly, you want them to have extensive experience in Rhode Island criminal law.

    After an arrest, you may be tempted to call a friend or acquaintance that practices law, but remember that there are many different areas of law, and your friend who’s a real estate lawyer isn’t going to be your best choice. You also want to make sure that your criminal defense lawyer has trial experience.

    While some attorneys are knowledgeable and appear to be accessible, without experience in the courtroom, it can put you at serious risk if your case does go to trial. Finally, you want to look for exceptional qualities that place your lawyer above the rest. For instance, a criminal defense lawyer with experience as a prosecutor can make a huge difference in your defense plan.

    John L. Calcagni, III is a Rhode Island criminal defense lawyer that checks all of these boxes. He’s got the experience, the skills, and the unique qualities that place him above your average defense lawyer. Contact The Law Office of John L. Calcagni, III today to schedule your free consultation.

    How does the Rhode Island criminal process looks like?

    The criminal case process in Rhode Island may start with a criminal complaint and lead to an arrest warrant, followed by the arrest. The other parts of the process include:

    • Indictment
    • Criminal Information
    • Initial Appearance
    • Arraignment
    • Discovery
    • Pre-Trial Motions
    • And more

    To view all the criminal case process in Rhode Island with details of each part of the process check out the Rhode Island Criminal Case Timeline and the Travel of Case Timeline.

    Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer John L. Calcagni, III

    Award Winning RI Criminal Attorney

    Selected as a SuperLawyer and Top 10 Attorney 2021

    At the Law Office of John L. Calcagni, III we understand how important it is to hire the best criminal lawyer possible to defend criminal charges in Rhode Island. John L. Calcagni, III has been selected since 2003 as one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Providence, RI by and selected as SuperLawyer and top ten attorneys for more than five years in a row.

    When you work with the Law Office of John Calcagni, III you’re working with one of the best. The SuperLawyer rating service only includes outstanding lawyers that are hand-picked from a rigorous selection process. Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer John Calcagni, III was highlighted as a SuperLawyer, and he lives up to the title.

    The Law Office of John Calcagni III offers exceptional defense strategies and years of experience to those accused of a crime on both the federal and state levels. As a former federal prosecutor, Army Jag, and Super Lawyer with a long list of successful case results, there’s no question why he’s consistently the recipient of many legal service awards and titles.

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