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Criminal Justice Attorney in Providence, Rhode Island

At Manosh Payette Criminal Defense Attorneys, we pride ourselves on finding creative solutions, offering exceptional service, and developing genuine connections with our clients. We want you to feel seen, heard, and supported by your criminal defense lawyer 24 hours a day, throughout the criminal law process, whether you’re facing possession charges, weapons charges, or other criminal charges.

Decades of Trial Experience

Our Providence criminal defense attorneys have handled thousands of criminal cases, which include over 45 murder cases. We’ve spent decades defending individuals in Rhode Island courthouses and have a thorough understanding of criminal law and procedures whether you’ve been charged with homicide or are in jail for an alleged assault.

Career Defenders

We’ve dedicated our lives to helping clients and their families navigate the complexities of criminal charges. We have experience handling sensitive matters, such as cases involving distributing child pornography, producing child pornography, owning child pornography, and more. A criminal lawyer will understand the challenges involved when you are facing jail time and the government is trying to take away your freedom.

Creative Problem Solving

A good criminal defense lawyer knows that every criminal law issue involves unique facts and circumstances. Your criminal defense lawyer can thoroughly investigate the criminal charges that the State brings against you to build an aggressive and customized legal defense strategy that will help you get your life back on track.

Why Should I Choose Manosh Payette Criminal Defense Attorneys?

If the State is bringing criminal charges against you and you are facing jail time, it’s essential to have an experienced, dedicated, aggressive yet compassionate criminal defense attorney in your corner prepared to fight for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Here’s why hiring a criminal defense lawyer is crucial.

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We Offer Customized Defense Strategies

Our criminal defense lawyer has an acute attention to detail that we employ in every criminal law matter we handle. That allows your criminal defense lawyer to create a personalized legal defense strategy to defend you, whether that means challenging illegally obtained evidence or bringing in expert witnesses to bolster your criminal law case.

You’ll Have a Strong Support System

We pride ourselves on providing a sense of calm to our clients. We want you to feel secure in the ability of your criminal lawyer to listen to your concerns and protect your rights.

36 Years of Combined Experience to Use to Your Advantage

Our attorneys have nearly forty years of combined experience and service practicing criminal law, including assault cases, possession charges, and other drug crimes. We know how to take on complex criminal cases and our criminal defense lawyer works in an aggressive manner toward favorable outcomes.

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101 Dyer Street 2D Providence, Rhode Island 2903

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We Help Clients Beat Their Criminal Charges

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Dismissal

of a Drug Crime Case

After filing a Motion to Suppress, we were able to have illegally obtained evidence excluded, resulting in a dismissal of the drug charges.

Conviction Vacated

for an Assault

We argued that our client should’ve received a self-defense jury instruction based upon the testimony given. The Court agreed, the conviction was vacated, and our client was released from prison.

Not Guilty Verdict

for Domestic Violence

We handled the appeal, where we introduced evidence to question the alleged victim’s credibility. Our client was found not guilty and the family court reinstated his custody and visitation rights shortly after.

Professional Certifications and Organizations

LL.M in Trial Advocacy Specializing in Federal Criminal Law

Super Lawyers

Rhode Island Bar Association

Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

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Our Criminal Defense Practice Areas

Manosh Payette Criminal Defense Attorneys handles all types of criminal matters, from misdemeanors to serious felonies. If you were convicted of a crime after a trial in the state of Rhode Island, our criminal defense lawyer can also help you file an appeal. After hiring our experienced criminal lawyer, we can offer you top notch legal services and help you fight the conviction.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Why Should I Hire a Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney?

If you’ve been charged with a crime, you have the option to retain the services of a criminal defense attorney. If you’re facing jail time and other legal consequences, it’s in your best interest to hire a criminal defense attorney to receive the best possible services and results.

How Much Does It Cost To Hire a Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer?

The answer to this question depends heavily on the circumstances. If you’re facing a relatively minor and straightforward offense, you will typically pay less than if your situation is complex or involves a serious crime or aggravating factors. We provide a no-cost legal defense strategy session, where we can give a transparent explanation of our attorney’s legal fees.

What Should I Do If I’m Arrested in Rhode Island?

Never speak with the police without a criminal defense attorney present. Exercise your right to remain silent and clearly request a criminal defense attorney. Your criminal defense attorney will advise you how to best move forward. When you hire Manosh Payette Criminal Defense Attorneys, if you have been arrested, your criminal defense attorney will handle all communication with police and prosecutors.

When Would Your Case Go to District Court?

The district courts in Rhode Island handle arraignments for cases involving felonies and misdemeanors. Arraignments are the first step in a criminal law matter. In an arraignment, you are brought before the district court after your arrest. The district court does not hear jury trials. 

In misdemeanor cases, you will hear the criminal charges against you and enter a plea (guilty or not guilty). If you plead not guilty or are accused of committing a felony, the district court judge will set bail. In felony cases, the district court may decide to hold the defendant without bail. 

When Would Your Case Go to Superior Court?

Your legal case will go to superior court if (1) you’ve pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor or (2) you’ve been charged with or indicted on a felony. After you are arraigned in district court, it will proceed to the superior court for further proceedings, including pre-trial conferences, possible settlement negotiations, and trial. If you are found guilty, the court will also be responsible for sentencing.

What Does the Rhode Island Criminal Process Look Like?

The criminal case process in the state of Rhode Island may include the following form for misdemeanors:

  1. You are arrested on misdemeanor charges. 
  2. You appear before the district court for an arraignment. 
  3. You enter a plea. 
  4. If you plead not guilty or decline to enter a plea, the district court will set bail and schedule a pre-trial conference.
  5. If you plead guilty, the district court will dispose of the legal case and handle sentencing. 
  6. Your pre-trial conferences and hearings will be scheduled, which may include additional arraignment, settlement negotiations, and evidentiary matters.
  7. The superior court will conduct your trial.
  8. If you are found guilty, the court will determine your sentence, which ranges from probation to the maximum allowable sentence on your charges. 

There are a few major differences for felony accusations. If you are facing felony charges, the district court will not take a plea at your arraignment. Rather, the district court judge will set bail (or decide to hold you without bail). Then, the prosecuting attorney will review the legal case to determine if there is enough evidence to charge you with a felony. Alternatively, a prosecutor may present your legal case to a Grand Jury in pursuit of an indictment. 

Once you are charged with a felony, your legal case will proceed the same way as a misdemeanor (see steps 6-8).

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Here To Preserve Your Freedom and Champion Your Rights

At Manosh Payette Criminal Defense Attorneys, we’ll rigorously examine the charges you’re facing, searching for weaknesses in the prosecution’s case. We’ll also look for exculpatory evidence that could lead to a dismissal of the case.

Our Rhode Island criminal defense attorneys will provide skilled, honest legal advice and guidance as we assess the evidence and case against you. We want to ensure that you fully understand the process and the impact of any tough decisions you must make.

Our attorneys have an in-depth understanding of Rhode Island criminal law and procedure. We’ll use that knowledge in and out of the courtroom as we develop a robust defense tailored to the facts of your case.

We aren’t afraid of a long, arduous legal battle. We’re experienced litigators who know how to fight for people who have been silenced by the criminal justice system. We’ll deploy creative motions and strategies to get the best possible outcome for you.

101 Dyer St Suite 2D, Providence, RI 02903, United States

Meet Our Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorneys

Our Rhode Island criminal defense law firm is committed to advocating for the accused and we are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to discuss your options. Our founding attorneys, Kara Hoopis Manosh and Elizabeth Payette, have both spent their legal careers zealously defending individuals and offering their services to fight for voices to be heard.

We are experienced at trial and devoted to obtaining justice. We’ve handled thousands of criminal law cases involving domestic violence, drug possession, and more. We have appeared in every courthouse in Rhode Island. Contact a criminal defense lawyer on our team to obtain our top rated legal services if you need to discuss a criminal law matter.

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