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S Joshua Macktaz

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.


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Languages spoken: English, Spanish

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Practice areas


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



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  • Jude Kerrison

    An attorney as well-known and widely respected as Josh should need no further endorsement however I have seen first hand the talent and skill that he brings as an advocate for his clients. I have the utmost confidence in his abilities as a criminal defense attorney.


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  • Barry Thomas Simons

    I endorse this lawyer. I have interacted with Attorney Macktaz on social media platforms on all issues related to DUI/DWI defense. He is as knowledgeable and as experienced as any other lawyer I have encountered and I endorse S. Joshua Macktaz highly.


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Contact info

S. Joshua Macktaz

37 Bellevue Avenue
Newport, RI, 02840



RIAuthorized to practice law199307/12/2016
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
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Top DUI AttorneyRhode Island Magazine2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
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
Suffolk University Law SchoolLawJD - 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