Criminal defense attorney Allison C. (Belknap) Abilheira serves clients with dedication and skill in WarrenProvidence, and the surrounding areas in Rhode Island. Attorney Abilheira practices law in Rhode Island, the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and in Massachusetts.

Allison strives for the accused to receive the fairest possible outcome and she handles a variety of traffic offenses and criminal matters. Her approach involves personalized attention and active communication with her clients.

Legal Experience

Allison successfully argued a case, State of Rhode Island v. Doris Poulin, before the Rhode Island Supreme Court in April of 2013. This set a precedent, allowing defendants who had pled nolo contendere to a felony and received a sentence of probation to be able to seal future criminal charges.

Allison has a history of success with handling misdemeanor criminal cases such as:

She has also handled traffic violations and chemical test refusals at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal.

During law school, Allison prosecuted criminal offenses under the Town Solicitor in Charlestown and East Providence, Rhode Island. She also interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island. Her background in criminal prosecution gives her a unique outlook on how the prosecution approaches cases.


Allison received her Bachelor’s degree at Bryant University, where she graduated magna cum laude. Her major was in politics and law, and she double minored in business administration and psychology. During her time at Bryant, Allison helped create a mock trial team and led her team at regional competitions.

Allison earned her Juris Doctor from Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island, graduating cum laude. During law school, Allison participated in mock appellate arguments on the Moot Court Team.

Professional Associations

  • Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Rhode Island Criminal Bench Bar Committee
  • Rhode Island Family Court Bench Bar Committee
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Press Releases

  • Allison C. Abilheira Named Top Rhode Island Lawyer: PR NewsWire, Markets Insider, and more.