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Charles C Calenda

Criminal defense Attorney at Coventry, RI

5.0   7 reviews

also known as Chas Calenda

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  • State Years
    Florida - FL 5 years
    Rhode Island - RI 16 years
    Connecticut - CT 16 years
    Nevada - NV 15 years
  • Licensed for 5 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2018
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State RI
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2006
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NV
    Acquired 2008
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Charles

Learn Charles’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    45%
    Former state prosecutor - experienced criminal trial attorney with more than 60 cases tried to conclusion before the District, Family and Superior Courts. There is no type of case with which I am not familiar.

    17 years, 1 case

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%
    DUI practice in Rhode Island is highly technical. I have a history of getting my clients the best outcome possible in their situations.

    17 years

  3. Sex crime
    20%
    Don't face these charges without an experienced professional behind you. Our firm brings a collective 125+ years of experience to the table in various areas of law, giving us a comprehensive understanding of legal issues.

  4. Constitutional
    5%
    Various areas of constitutional law including gun rights/laws.

    17 years

  5. Expungement
    5%

    17 years

  6. General practice
    5%
    General civil litigation including personal injury/slip & fall, negligence, etc.

    6 years

EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY WHO HAS BEEN ON BOTH SIDES OF THE SYSTEM. I WILL WORK FOR YOU TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS!

As a state prosecutor for 12 years, I amassed years of criminal trial experience at every level of the state court system. Now in private practice, I have the ability to help clients navigate their way through not only the criminal justice world, but through various other legal proceedings. Choosing an attorney is an important decision. Go with someone who has years of jury and bench trial experience and has the ability to zealously advocate on your behalf. I'm not afraid to take on the government or take unpopular positions. My only job in this role is to protect your legal rights. I'm only a phone call away! I practice in all counties in Rhode Island - Providence County, Kent County, Washington County/South County, and Newport County. While I focus my practice on criminal defense, I also practice in the following areas:

 

Criminal Defense (felony and misdemeanor offenses)

Traffic Offenses (including DUI and Breathalyzer Refusals)

Juvenile Delinquency

General Civil Litigation - including constitutional law

Gun Laws

 

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Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney DUI Breathalyzer Refusals Felony Misdemeanors Domestic Violence Probation Violation Warwick Cranston Coventry South Kingstown Wakefield Kent Providence Narragansett Newport

 

Awards

Silver Client Champion

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Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | May 14, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Legal miracle worker
I can’t believe how much Chas knows about criminal law. Every question I had, it’s like he already knew what I was going to ask and had the answer ready. I really felt hopeless when I had to go to court for my case, but Chas was there for me not only as my attorney but almost like a friend too. I can’t say enough good things about him!
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Posted by anonymous | November 4, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Invaluable Expertise!
Chas was a pleasure to work with. He guided me through the whole process to an agreeable resolution for some non-moving motor vehicle charges. He was able to get the majority of them dismissed and was clear when I did have to go to traffic court that he was well known and well respected by all the staff, police and other attorneys.
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
My Case was Dismissed!
I'll be honest. I was in an argument with my boyfriend and I ended up getting arrested by the police for some kind of domestic crime. I looked up attorneys who handle these kinds of things because I have never been arrested before and came across Chas' profile. I met with him and he made me feel so much better than I had been feeling and also hopeful about my case. Not only did he get right on the case, he had my case dismissed within 3 weeks! I didn't even have to go to court! His prices were more than fair for the work he did and I would definitely recommend him to anyone who's in the position of needing a criminal defense attorney. THANK YOU CHAS
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
My charges were dismissed!
I was charged with some domestic crimes by South Kingstown police that weren't even true. I was afraid that these charges were going to effect me forever and I wouldn't be able to get a job or go back to school. Chaz was like a pit bull in court. I actually heard him get into a huge argument with the prosecutor in front of a bunch of people about my case. In the end the case was dismissed without a trial and Chaz got my charges expunged from my arrest record! Best attorney I've ever seen!
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
2 felonies dropped
Mr Calenda was so helpful! The police said I was passing fake money and it wasn't mine. Mr Calenda convinced the prosecutor to dismiss my case and then he got my criminal record cleaned up. I am so thankfull that I had him as my attorney. Thank you!!
Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Got my DWI dismissed
Middletown Police charged me with DWI this year and I was looking at losing my license for like 5 months. Chaz got my case dropped in court and cleared my criminal record. He was great to work with and knows criminal cases really well. Good bargain too compared to other lawyers I talked to before him.
Posted by Michael | October 23, 2014
Fair and Responsible Prosecutor
I have dealt with Mr. Calenda on numerous occasions during my representation of criminal defendants. His integrity is second to none and I have always been very impressed with his professionalism and zeal for his work.
Response from Charles Calenda April 25, 2018
Thank you Michael. While I am no longer a prosecutor, I am sure you will find that my professionalism has carried over into private practice.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Attorney
  • Inman & Tourgee - Attorneys at Law
  • 2018 - Present
  • Special Assistant Attorney General
  • Rhode Island Department of Attorney General
  • 2006 - 2018

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law
  • JD
  • 2006
  • University of Miami
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Connecticut Evading Charge dropped
  • Nolle pros filed by state
  • 1st Degree Robbery - Not Guilty in 38 minutes
  • Not guilty by jury
  • University Discipline Challenge
  • School agreed to vacate the previously-imposed discipline and issue a simple warning with no permanent record in my client's school file.
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Associations

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Member - Young Lawyers Division
  • 2018 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2021
  • 10 Best
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2020
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Lawyer of Distinction
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2019
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2018
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Speaking Engagements

  • "Coffee Hour Discussion"
  • Rhode Island's "Castle Doctrine" - Presented by Charles C. Calenda, Esq.
  • 2019
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Extreme Risk Protection Orders
  • 2019
  • Kent County Bar Association
  • From the Judges- What You Need to Know
  • 2019
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Superior Court Diversion Program
  • 2019
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • 2019 DUI Laws and Hardship Licenses
  • 2019
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Rhode Island's Red Flag Law
  • 2019
  • District Court Prosecutor's Association
  • Rhode Island's Red Flag Law & Prosecuting Domestic Violence Cases
  • 2018
  • RI Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Family Court Practice - Juvenile
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (3)
Endorse Charles
Constitutional Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. In addition to being a smart and dedicated attorney, Chas oftentimes takes positions that may be perceived as unpopular or contrarian in an effort to fight as hard as possible for his clients and their ideals. That is to be commended."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He's been an associate of my firm for over a year now and has extensive knowledge in criminal law. Our clients have been thrilled to have Chas working with them to get exceptional results in their cases. Even when Chas was a prosecutor, I always found him to be fair, honest and easy to work with. You are in good hands when Chas is at your side."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have had many dealings with Attorney Calenda throughout my years of practice. He is experienced, trustworthy, intelligent and honest."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Charles is a highly skilled and experienced trial attorney. He is diligent, aggressive and will get you the best results for your case! You will get the best representation with Chas."
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Coventry Criminal defense Lawyer Charles C Calenda
Charles C Calenda
Criminal defense Attorney
Coventry, RI
Licensed for 16 years
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