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John E MacDonald

Criminal defense Attorney at Providence, RI

5.0   98 reviews
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  • State Years
    Massachusetts - MA 21 years
    Rhode Island - RI 28 years
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State MA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State RI
    Acquired 1995
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

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

About John

Learn John’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  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.

    29 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

    29 years, 1,500 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    15%

    29 years

  4. Domestic violence
    15%

    29 years

  5. Sex crime
    15%

    29 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.

Awards

Client's Choice 2023,2022,2021,2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2013
Client's Choice
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Location

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

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2023
Client's Choice
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Posted by Matthew | March 3, 2024
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A Great Asset
If anyone is waffling on the expense, John and everyone at his practice are more than worth it. They will go up to bat for you, and have fantastic follow through.
Posted by anonymous | January 17, 2024
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Highly recommended
We hired John on recommendation to help our son in a horrible allegation that had no proof and a very dire outcome of 10-life incarceration. After he was contacted, John went immediately to the facility and spoke to my son. He got him out of incarceration and on his way home in two days on bail. He came highly recommended and is worth the weight of the world in gold. I cannot praise him enough or thank him enough for being so prompt and thorough with the whole process. He is very genuine and was honest with an optimistic outlook on the outcome in our case. He knows what he’s doing and how to get it done. Thank you so much John for all your expertise, professionalism and concern for our son and ourselves.
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Posted by Jess | January 16, 2024
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Conviction-relief
I had a serious DUI charge in 2019 due to my immigration status I couldn’t have that in my record, so I found John McDonalds who is amazing lawyer he changed my DUI to simple reckless driving that help led me so much in the long run I would highly recommend him to anyone he does what a lawyer suppose to do gets the job done thank you again.
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Posted by anonymous | November 8, 2023
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Attorney MacDonald is the only answer for defense
From the moment I contacted Attorney MacDonald, I was in the best possible legal care and counsel I could be in. He never waivered in his professionalism and expertise with my case. The legal system is frightening, but not when he is on your team.
Posted by anonymous | October 25, 2023
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Review for Attorney MacDonald
John is an excellent attorney. He was very thorough and responsive and settled my concerns about my case.
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2023
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This is the Guy
I walked into John's office anxious and afraid, on recommendation from a friend. John listened carefully to everything I said, recognized I was in a fragile state, and calmly told me how my case was going to unfold - and not to worry. He was exactly right. John has done this thousands of times, his experience and knowledge are invaluable. He is your guy. Thank you, John.
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Posted by Donald | September 21, 2023
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Won my case
From the beginning of my case, I knew John was the real deal. A hard hitter. A no BS type of guy. Working with John was smooth, straight to the point, fearlessly strategic, quick on the spot, and one hell of a memory for quotes of wisdom and inspiration. Myself as well as my family could rest assured knowing that at the drop of a hat, John would answer your call and explain everything you need to know in full detail. As professional as it gets but also makes you feel like family. No matter the case. Big or small. CALL JOHN MACDONALD!!!
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Posted by James | June 20, 2023
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Self defense
For the last 2 years john stuck by my son and my family never faltering and always making sure that we were well protected. My son was on trial for murder when it was a clear cut self defense case. John always believed in not only my son but the evidence. He put together an amazing defense and guided us thru every step of the process. The end result was my son was cleared of all charges and after two years has his life back and can now look forward. So if you need a lawyer there is not a better one in the state. And to john when you read this me and my whole family thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being there for us every step of the way!!
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Posted by Jeremy | March 13, 2023
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Review for Attorney John MacDonald
John is a well respected and wonderful attorney. His knowledge and ethic work are unmatched. Attorney MacDonald and his office are professional communicators. They respond quickly to all emails, and always answer the phone. I highly recommend Attorney MacDonald for any case. His case results speak for themselves. Thank you John!
Posted by Ramon Rodriguez | December 21, 2022
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Thank you for your hard work, tenacity and professionalism
John and his team are extremely experienced firm , that will fight with all of their might for their client. They help me and family at an unprecedented speed an accuracy, thanks to him and his team they clear me from being deported, will recommend them to anyone in need. Thank you!
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2022
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John MacDonald
Mr. MacDonald is a true professional. My wife and i were extremely nervous about my husband's criminal case. From the very beginning John made us feel very comfortable and assured us everything would work out. Needless to say, in the end the final results were more than we could have ever asked for. Thank you
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!
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (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

Sample of 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

Honors and 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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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 28 years
Virtual consultation available