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James E Smith Esq

Criminal defense Attorney at Providence, RI

5.0   15 reviews
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
This attorney is currently not accepting new clients.
Reason: Government Attorney
  • State Years
    Rhode Island - RI 15 years
    New York - NY 15 years
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State RI
    Acquired 2008
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 15 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2008
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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

About James

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    My name is James E. Smith. I'm a criminal defense lawyer located in Providence, RI. I handle all criminal matters in every county in Rhode Island and in the United States District Court. I'm singularly focused on protecting YOU, so if you are arrested or have been contacted by the police, get the best RI Criminal Defense Lawyer available. Call me at your earliest opportunity 401-649-0335 (24/7) and most of all: ALWAYS SPEAK WITH A LAWYER BEFORE SPEAKING WITH THE POLICE!

    15 years

  2. Personal injury

    8 years

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Law Offices of James E. Smith
996 Smith St
Providence, RI, 02908


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Posted by Alan | April 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
excellent guidance
Got me through a stickey situation with a traffic accident Knows the law inside and out. Willing to do what it takes to get you the best deal
Posted by Laurenco | March 6, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
James from the day entertaining his office to the last day of court was always there for me. Down to earth man and knowledgeable handling legal matters which mine was dismissed with the fight from James. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Clifford | November 26, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Lawyer
James did an expungment and settled another case for me. Down to earth good guy, professional and knowledgeable. I highly recommend James to handle your legal problems.
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2015
He'll take good care of you...
James Smith is highly responsive and sympathetic to your individual situation. He helps you get through a difficult time without making you feel worse. He was readily available and was able to minimize stress levels. My case went quickly through the system and is now expunged, keeping my record clean!! I would recommend James to handle all of your legal affairs!!
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Posted by Joel | July 16, 2015
The Attorney you want by your side for any Rhode Island legal matter!!!
James is professional and keeps on top of things for you. I was referred by a friend to use him and we worked together to have my case dismissed and most importantly my record was cleared. I highly recommend him to handle any of your Rhode Island legal problems. He gets the job done the right way!!!
Posted by John | June 12, 2015
My case was dismissed and expunged, keeling my record
Attorney James Smith did a great job and was able to get my case dismissed and expunged, keeling my record clean. Highly Recommended!! Thank You.
Posted by Anthony | June 3, 2015
Best of the best
Attorney James Smith did an excellent job representing me. He was able to not only defend my case, but help me after the trial was over as well. I would highly suggest to recommend him to several friends/family.
Response from James Smith June 3, 2015
Anthony's case was dismissed during the first pre trial conference and we are now in the process to expunge his charge thereby keeping his clean criminal record.
Posted by Zack | May 28, 2015
Very Good! Awsome Lawyer
I contacted james on a holiday about my problem and he got back to me within an hour. Before my case was even close to my court date he helped me get a deal and the charge was not even put onto my record. If you are looking for help James E Smith is the person to go to!
Posted by Nicholas | May 9, 2015
Thank you!
The day I met James to talk about my issue he instantly made me feel comfortable and as if I could trust him. He kept me well informed and on task. He answered any question without speaking as if he was above me and made sure i completely understood when he explained things to me. Hes a great guy and a great lawyer, I highly recommend.
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Posted by Charles | April 12, 2015
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From the first meeting I had with Jim I knew I made the right choice. He is very good at informing you to the facts without talking above you. He is just a down to earth guy. He is knowledgeable of the law. He is very accessible professional and always there to handle your questions.
Posted by Tina | August 29, 2013
I highly recommend attorney Jim smith. He is very knowledgeable of the law. He is understand of all his clients wants &needs. He made it well known that he was available for me at any given time, I never had to worry about not being able to get in contact with him. Nor did i have to stress about him returning my phone calls, he's always on point. Jim smith knows his job &he is good at it. I could not have been more satisfied with the outcome of my case. He has an enormous amount of skill &practice. If your looking for a lawyer who is persistent, successful, &not afraid of a fight contact attorney Jim smith now!
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2013
Trustworthy, responsive, personable!
This is my first time having to go to criminal court. Jim was recommended to me from another lawyer I originally contacted. Jim was very responsive and answered calls AND texts within an hour of me contacting him. He was very patient and explained how the process would work in full detail. Jim is very easy to talk to and does not pass judgement, but asks the right questions. I am happy to say that Jim was able to get my case dismissed and while I don't intend to need a criminal lawyer ever again, if i do, he is where I will turn. I will gladly recommend him to anyone in need of a criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by RENEE | June 12, 2013
Mr Smith became my lawyer when no one else would help me out , answered every question i had and kept in touch with me from beginning to end.
Posted by D | July 24, 2012
Mr. Smith saved my career
As a result of Mr. Smith's knowledge and tireless work on my behalf, I was able to get a Not-guilty filing before my case went to trial. This made it possible for me to not have to go to trial and bring my family to court. It also left my military career intact.
Posted by Frank | March 15, 2011
Mr. Smith Saved Me From Jail!!!
I thought I was definitely going to jail. I had four year suspended sentence when I ran from the police. I hired RI Criminal Defense Lawyer James E. Smith. Not only did he save me from jail, he was the first lawyer who has ever placed my freedom first and he fee second. I highly recommend Mr. Smith for his integrity and competence. If you get arrested, you must consider him. He charges reasonable fees and he truly places his clients' needs first.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of James E. Smith
  • 2008 - Present
  • Vice President
  • ICAP
  • 2006 - 2008


  • Mercer University - Walter F. George School of Law
  • National Criminal Defense College
  • 2012
  • Roger Williams University, Ralph R. Papitto School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Providence College
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1997

Legal Cases

  • Not Guilty by Jury
  • Not Guilty by Jury
  • Drugs & Gun Charges Dismissed
  • All charges Dismissed except Conspiracy
  • Marijuana Arrest by the Bristol Rhode Island Police
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  • New York County Bar Association
  • 2015 - Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016


Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (17)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Devoted, dedicated, and tough. This man is a professional from one end of the courtroom to the other. I endorse him and expect nothing but the best from him, because I know that is what he delivers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have watched Jim win a "NOT GUILTY" verdict for his client, who was accused of illegally possessing a firearm. Jim's strategy in that case was brilliant and it paid off. I have also watched Jim negotiate a resolution in an arson case that kept his client out of jail. If you want a lawyer who can do it all- negotiations or a trial- James Smith is the one to call."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"James is a hard working lawyer, who will fight hard for his clients. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Arrested? Indicted? Under investigation? Stop talking to your friends and the police and call Jim ASAP. He was a tough Marine; he is a tougher criminal defense lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. James Smith is tough, aggressive, hard nosed and cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jimmy is a talented, intelligent, hard-working, dedicated criminal defense attorney, who I am honored to call a colleague and friend. He does everything within his power to get the best results possible for his clients, and does so in a professional, respectable manner. We have worked together in the past to combine our resources for the better of our clients, and I look forward to working with him again in the future. I would gladly recommend Attorney James Smith for criminal defense in Rhode Island."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I proudly endorse Jim Smith. I met and worked with him extensively on jury trial training in Macon, GA for 2 straight weeks. His legal acumen and insight is second to none. His communication skills are outstanding and his "warrior ethos" in the courtroom is a constant reminder of him being a fellow Marine. Outstanding lawyer. I would highly recommend him if I had a friend in need of top-notch legal defense in Rhode Island."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. He works hard for his clients and immerses himself in the law. He is diligent and dedicated to protecting his clients' interests."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Jim Smith and I have been co-counsel on numerous cases together and he has always impressed me with his passion and dedication. Attorney Smith will go to battle for his clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. James is a highly skilled Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer. He is a respected member of the criminal defense community who I recommend without hesitation for any Rhode Island criminal charges."
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Providence Criminal defense Lawyer James E Smith Esq
James E Smith Esq
Criminal defense Attorney
Providence, RI
Licensed for 15 years
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