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John E MacDonald

Criminal defense Attorney at Providence, RI

5.0   87 reviews

Licensed for 27 years

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  1. Criminal defense
    30%
    Mr. MacDonald represents clients in state and federal court in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has aggressively and successfully defended clients charged in every type of criminal case, including capital murder, child molestation, sexual assault, felony assault, domestic assault, patient abuse, bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. Mr. MacDonald is the author of the Rhode Island Criminal Defense Manual (7th Edition), a top-rated manual used throughout the state by criminal defense attorneys.

    27 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Immigration
    25%
    POST CONVICTION RELIEF AND IMMIGRATION: Mr. MacDonald represents clients seeking permanent residence and naturalization. He practices before the Providence Immigration Office and the Boston Immigration Court. For many clients facing deportation, the only recourse is post-conviction relief; that is, vacating the original conviction in state or federal court. Mr. MacDonald has successfully vacated convictions in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. For a review of prior immigration and post-conviction

    27 years, 1,500 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    15%

    27 years

  4. Domestic violence
    15%

    27 years

  5. Sex crime
    15%

    27 years

John E. MacDonald is a trial attorney practicing criminal defense, immigration law and post-conviction relief in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Mr. MacDonald represents clients in state and federal court in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He has aggressively and successfully defended clients charged in every type of criminal case, including capital murder, child molestation, sexual assault, felony assault, domestic assault, patient abuse, bank fraud, mail fraud and wire fraud. He is the former president of the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. For a review of the prior criminal cases, see Cases.

 

Mr. MacDonald is the author of Rhode Island Criminal Defense, A Practice Manual (4th Edition), a top rated trial manual used by criminal defense attorneys throughout Rhode Island.  See below.

 

Mr. MacDonald represents clients seeking permanent residence and naturalization. He practices before the Providence Immigration Office and the Boston Immigration Court. For many clients facing deportation, the only recourse is post-conviction relief; that is, vacating the original conviction in state or federal court. Mr. MacDonald has successfully vacated convictions in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. For a review of prior immigration and post-conviction results, see Cases.

 

Mr. MacDonald is an honors graduate of Suffolk University Law School (1995) and a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Rhode Island (1990). He is admitted to practice in all state courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Districts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts as well as the First Circuit Court of Appeals.


Criminal Defense

The criminal defense lawyers here have the expertise and experience to successfully represent the accused for crimes from a simple traffic stop to a murder charge. We have represented aggressively and successfully clients facing felony or misdemeanor charges in the state and federal courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts for cases such as:
- Drug Possession
- Domestic Assault
- Assault and Battery
- Sexual Assault
- DUI
- Molestation
- Criminal Fraud


Immigration

The immigration lawyers of The Law Office of John E. MacDonald, Inc. successfully represent clients at the Boston Immigration Court and Providence Immigration Office. We successfully terminate deportation cases in the Boston Immigration Court. We also help our clients obtain permanent residence through adjustment of status in the United States or consular processing abroad. Clients seeking US citizenship obtain our services to ensure that their petition is filed and approved quickly.


Post Conviction Relief

Attorney John MacDonald works with many clients whose immigration status requires vacating a criminal conviction or modifying the sentence. If you or a family member or friend requires post-conviction relief representation in Massachusetts or Rhode Island for the purpose of ameliorating adverse immigration consequences, contact us today to schedule your free consultation.

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Licensed for 27 years
State MA
Status Active
Acquired 2002
Updated 09/19/2022
State RI
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/14/2022

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Law Office of John E. Macdonald, Inc.
One Turks Head Place
Suite 1440
Providence, RI, 02903

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John received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2022
Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2022
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Persistent Professional
John was a constant professional in dealing with my case. He kept me well informed throughout the entirety of process and always had my best interest. A couple of curveballs were thrown our way and John knocked them all out the park. His knowledge and persistence made me feel comfortable & confident. John is who you want on your side and I highly recommend!
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Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2022
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Goes above and beyond!
John is an amazing attorney who will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure you both win the case and feel comfortable as you deal with the interim.
Posted by Mauricio | September 6, 2022
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Best Attorney
John MacDonald is a great Attorney. He always responds swiftly to your questions and has your best interest at heart...
Posted by anonymous | September 6, 2022
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Got it Done
John did a great job making us feel comfortable with a very bizarre situation and getting us prepared. I recommend John highly to those in need of great advise and presentation.
Posted by Daniel | July 31, 2022
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Best in the business
John was personable, took the time to explain the case, was very professional, very thorough, and handled my case with the highest level of care. Even when it looked as though things weren't going to turn out ideally, he didn't hype me up. Instead, he prepared me to accept the possibility of what was likely to happen, and in the end it turned out the absolute best way it could have. He's one of the best, in my opinion. He tells it straight, and handles your case in the highest detail.
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Posted by Dan | July 15, 2022
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The hands down best!
John represented me in one of the biggest headline cases in the state of Rhode Island. John worked with me personally and kept me informed throughout the entire process. We won the case because John was in my corner!
Posted by anonymous | June 30, 2022
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el mejor abogado
todo abogado tiene q saber q el es el mejor de todo los tiempo por eso lo recomiendo a todos el q quiera resultado q se ponga en sus manos con los ojo serrado
Posted by Kevin | June 13, 2022
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So grateful I found job to represent me!
John made a stressful experience a breeze! His confidence is well founded and his knowledge is apparent. Pricing was fair and transparent. John and his team communicated quickly and made sure we felt up to speed throughout the time we worked together. Extremely grateful I found John, he handled my case quickly and was able to help me clear all outstanding items favorably.
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Posted by Aziz | May 29, 2022
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The best attorney
John was extremely professional and confident and helped me through my situation in a step by step manner. I was ultimately able to get the desired outcome at the end and would highly recommend him for anyone that needs an attorney!
Posted by Herland | April 19, 2022
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Immigration Specialist!
I wasn't sure if I would ever be eligible to apply to become a United States citizen after some previous trouble with the law. John McDonald assured me to be patient and follow his advice. His years of experience and overall knowledge of the USCIS system gave me peace of mind and got me through the finish line successfully! Thank you John!
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Posted by anonymous | March 14, 2022
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Very professional and knowledgeable
I contacted John after being the target of a grand jury investigation. He was very good at explaining what we needed to do and walked me through the process. I hired him and the end result was a no true bill from the grand jury. I would recommend John to anyone that finds them self in need of an attorney.
Posted by Joseph | January 11, 2022
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Outstanding Lawyer and Ver Helpful
John made it very easy to understand the process of my case and helped me clear the charges on my record. I would absolutely recommend him to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2022
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Amazing Lawyer!
John MacDonald is a lifesaver! John not only made my case go as smoothly as possible but his expertise and attentiveness gave me confidence going into court. He keeps you very well informed throughout the entire process so you always know what to expect, while also attending to issues in a friendly and approachable manner. John was an amazing lawyer through and through and I would recommend him to anybody and everybody. Thank you John!
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Posted by anonymous | January 11, 2022
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Very Professional
John was very professional and we had a great communication. Highly recommended to those who needs a great attorney!
Posted by Paula | December 29, 2021
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Client
John helped me tremendously as I worked towards my United States citizenship. He was responsive to all of my questions and made the entire process simple and quick. He was also very caring, as he went with me to my citizenship test and gave me a warm hug after I passed, knowing that this is something that I have wanted for a long time. I would recommend his services to anyone looking for a lawyer who is personable and can get the job done!
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Posted by anonymous | December 21, 2021
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The Best in the Business
When faced with a first-degree sexual assault charge, I hired John MacDonald to represent me. His professionalism and knowledge in his field were shown to be of a very high standard upon our first meeting. He promised to always tell me the truth, and never gave me a sense of false-hope throughout the legal process. He kept that promise. While being held at Rhode Island's Adult Correctional Institution, he made me aware that the prosecutor on my case was refusing to agree to my bail. However, due to John's diligence, he was able to find life-saving evidence that pointed to my innocence. Upon showing the prosecutor said evidence, the prosecutor immediately agreed to my bail. I later testified before a grand jury and John prepared me for it and helped ease the stress that I was under. In the end, the prosecutor and attorney general's office decided to dismiss my case without the need for a vote from the grand jury. John was able to get this charge expunged and sealed from my record. When I first hired John, I had heard that he was arguably the best criminal defense lawyer in Rhode Island. However, I now know that that is not arguable. He IS the best criminal defense lawyer in the state. John saved my life, and for that, I am forever grateful for him.
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Posted by Carla | October 22, 2021
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John gets it done!
John Macdonald is a complete lifesaver. His solid Legal representation saved my life. He is an expert in his field and he is a solid individual with integrity. He tells it like it is, and he is a formidable ally to have in your corner. John’s representation is consistent from beginning to end and he is extremely well respected in the judicial community for not only his professionalism and expertise but for his standards and integrity. There is no other choice. John Macdonald is THE choice.
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Posted by Joshua | September 24, 2021
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Life Saver
John saved my life. There truly is no other way to put it. John acted as an investigator and was able to find major issues with the accusers story. Using this information he was able to successfully reduce a class A felony to a misdemeanor and have it expunged from my record before I would have even gone to trial. What John was able to accomplish in my case was considered impossible. But through his hard work and no-nonsense attitude he did the impossible. I highly recommend John to anyone. At the end of the day his cost was minimal. Having a felony on my record would have cost me so much more throughout my life. Be smart and pay the man. I will forever be in debt to John. Two years ago I would never have thought I'd be where I am today, a new homeowner with a bright future a head of me. All thanks to John MacDonald.
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Posted by John | September 21, 2021
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Job well done
When in the need he was the correct call to make. He certainly showed his professionalism getting all of the faxes straight and correcting all who were involved. Certainly the best of the best. Follow through 100%.
Posted by M. Elizabeth | September 20, 2021
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Highly Recommend!!
Where to begin…… When faced with by far the most difficult situation one could imagine John did not disappoint. As a single parent it’s always been difficult to entrust others with matters of my children, therefore making my search for an attorney for one of them near impossible. John came highly recommended and well known in the judicial community an after looking a little into his successes it was surprisingly a easier decision than I anticipated. Once retained he continued to impress with his thorough and consistent representation. From his response time to his overall case investment at no point was I dissatisfied. From foot and field work to the courtroom he repeatedly showed up confident and prepared. He repeatedly went the extra mile and made sure myself and my family were well informed and in the loop with little to no confusion. With no sacrifice to dignity or respect (which were important to us in our search for representation) he provided a outstanding and aggressive defense. Hands down the best choice we could have made!!! I would and will without a doubt recommend him in the future. You will not regret your representation, I surely did not!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Law Offices of John E. MacDonald
  • 2001 - Present
  • Public Defender
  • Rhode Island Public Defenders Office
  • 1995 - 2001

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD with High Honors
  • 1995
  • University of Rhode Island
  • BA - magna cum laude
  • 1990

Legal Cases

  • Not Guilty After Trial
  • Not guilty after trial
  • Plea Vacated - Client Released from Immigration Custody
  • Convictions vacated and client released from ICE custody.
  • Gambling Forfeiture
  • Client recovered $300,000

Associations

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense
  • Member
  • N/A
  • U.S. District Court, Rhode Island
  • Member
  • N/A
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top Criminal Attorneys in Rhode Island
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017

Publications

  • RI Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Rhode Island Criminal Defense, A Practice Manual, 6th Edition
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • RI CLE
  • Ethical Dilemmas facing RI Criminal Attorneys
  • 2017
  • RI Superior Court Justices
  • Impact of Criminal Convictions in Immigration Court
  • 2012
  • Immigration Law and RI Crimes
  • Immigration Law
  • 2011
  • Rhode Island Bar Association’s mandatory Continuing Legal Education 2010
  • Ethics in Criminal Defense
  • 2010
  • Appearance at Rhode Island Department of the Public Defender
  • Padilla v. Kentucky
  • 2010
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (9)
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is an expert in criminal defense and post conviction relief in MA and RI. He serves hiss clients with integrity, intelligence and dedication. I unequivocally recommend him for criminal defense cases."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is the expert- he is a mentor to new lawyers and a consummate professional. You are in good hands with this attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Attorney MacDonald. I have tried several cases with Attorney John MacDonald. John is an excellent attorney with a command of the law second to none. He works tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for his clients. Moreover, he is always willing to lend his expertise and assist fellow attorneys."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. MacDonald is a skilled and respected member of the legal community. He is a zealous advocate for the rights and interests of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"John is one of the most experienced criminal defense attorneys in Rhode Island and arguably the best attorney on the market. He has paved the road for success and has excelled in ways that most attorneys can only imagine. I endorse John MacDonald."
Immigration Attorney | Oct 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Reliable attorney"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. John cares about his clients and getting them the results they deserve. You would be well served to consult with Mr. MacDonald."
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Providence Criminal defense Lawyer John E MacDonald
John E MacDonald
Criminal defense Attorney
Providence, RI
Licensed for 27 years
Virtual consultation available