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If you have been arrested for a criminal offense, you need an experienced attorney who will aggressively fight on your behalf. Since entering private practice, I have stood shoulder to shoulder with thousands of clients, defending their liberty and our Constitution. With a practice devoted exclusively to criminal defense, I have the training and experience to get you the results you need. Contact the Powderly Law Offices for a free case analysis.




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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    11 years, 1 thousand cases



Fixed (always)

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  • Michael Jeffrey Kessler

    I have known James for years through our membership and work with the National College for DUI Defense. It was no surprise, then when his reputation as a talented DUI warrior reached Florida. James is my "go-to-guy" when I need help in Rhode Island.


    Michael Kessler DUI and DWI Attorney
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  • Russell J. Matson

    James is the go-to guy for DUIs in Rhode Island. I call him when I need to refer clients or find out about RI license issues.


    Russell Matson Criminal defense Attorney
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Powderly Law Offices

536 Main Street
Falmouth, MA, 02540


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Northeast LawyerAvvo2010
Superior Court CertifiedCPCS2008
Trial Practice InstituteNational Criminal Defense College2008
Breath Alcohol Testing Technician, CertificationIndustrial Training & Design2007
Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, CertificationNHTSA Approved Certification Training2007
District Court CertifiedCPCS2005
Highest Grade in Class Civil ProcedureLaw School2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyPowderly Law Offices2004 - Present
N/AFederal Defender Office2003 - 2003
N/AMiddlesex District Attorney's Office2002 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
Bristol County Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Boston Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
National College of DUI Defense LawyersMember2005 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Commonwealth v. T.D.Not Guilty All Counts
State v. DefendantNot Guilty
Drunk Driving 1st Offense & Breath Test Refusal 2nd OffenseNot Guilty
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Publication nameTitleDate
Thompson ReutersInside the Minds: DUI Plea Negotiations2011
Mashpee EnterpriseDrinking Responsible on St. Patrick's Day2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
National College of DUI DefenseDWI means Defending with IngenuityN/A2007
National College of DUI DefenseCertification of CompletionDUI Trial Practice2006
Northeastern University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
New York UniversityN/AUndergraduate2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Zealous Advocacy TrainingCross Examination Techniques2012
Jury Skills TrainingDirect and Cross Examination Skills2012
Zealous Advocacy TrainingImpeachment Techniques2010
Bristol County Bar Advocates Jury Skills TrainingJury Trial strategies2010
Zealous Advocacy TrainingCross-Examination Techniques2009
Zealous Advocacy TrainingCross Examination Techniques2009
2009 RIACDL Developments in Criminal LawTrying DUI cases with Breath Test Readings2009
Zealous Advocacy TrainingCross-Examination Techniques2008