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S Joshua Macktaz

S Joshua Macktaz

Practice areas:

DUI & DWI, Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence

About Me

I am a former Rhode Island Special Assistant Attorney General from 1993-1997. 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 Rhode Island 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 criminal defense attorney. Since 1997 I have been applying all that I learned as a prosecutor in order to better benefit my private clients as a criminal defense lawyer.

 As a RI Criminal Defense Lawyer i represent topics such as DUI, Breathalyzer Refusal, Domestic Assault and Battery, Disorderly Conduct, Drug Crimes such as Marijuana Possession, Distrobution, and more.

 Since 1997 I have also been aggressively representing clients as a Rhode Island personal injury Attorney. I assist those injured as a result of car accidents, motorcycle 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 RI 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 reviewing or overseeing your case and typically 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. My firm provides aggressive, personal representation and we look forward to hearing from you soon. Hablamos Espanol.


Contact RI Attorney Macktaz Now for a FREE Consultation: EMAIL or call 401-861-1155


Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1993

  1. DUI & DWI: 70%
    18 years, 12 thousand cases
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    18 years, 15 thousand cases
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
    18 years, 3 thousand cases



Free Consultation (60 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

14 total 

  • Robert Patrick Link

    I have interacted with Joshua Macktaz professionally for over two years and have seen first hand what a talented, aggressive and accessible lawyer he is. He has truly earned the numerous accolades as one of the top DUI and criminal defense lawyers in Rhode Island and has a national reputation for excellence.


    Robert Link Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Peter Francis Iocona

    I have had the opportunity to interact with Mr. Macktaz on social media platforms and I find him to be highly skilled, intelligent and posts material that is engaging and relevant to the areas of our practices. I fully endorse Mr. Macktaz as a quality defense attorney.


    Peter Iocona DUI & DWI Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

S. Joshua Macktaz

37 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI, 02840




RIAuthorized to practice law199308/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV Distinguished RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
BV Distinguished RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV Distinguished RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
Top DUI AttorneyRhode Island Magazine2012
American Jurisprudence AwardRhode Island Law School: Suffolk University1992

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Sole PractitionerThe Law Offices of S. Joshua Macktaz, Esquire1997 - Present
Special Assistant Attorney GeneralRhode Island Attorney Generals Office1993 - 1997
InternChittenden County Public Defender1990 - 1990


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1997 - Present
Newport Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Rhode Island Bar AssocitaionMember1990 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Disorderly ConductDismissed
Possession of MarijuanaDISMISSED AND The Cranston Police were ordered to return 29.5 grams of marijuana that was seized from Client.
DUI (Second offense); Breathalyzer RefusalDUI (Second offense) REDUCED to Reckless Driving with NO LOSS of license. Breathalyzer Refusal: DISMISSED

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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rhode Island Law School: Suffolk UniversityCriminal LawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of VermontPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Rhode Island Police Municipal Training AcademyDUI2015
Criminal Justice ClassCriminal Defense2015
Rhode Island Police Municipal Training AcademyDUI2014
Rhode Island Police Municipal Training AcademyDUI2013
Rhode Island Police Municipal Training AcademyDUI2012