Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorneys in Barrington, Rhode Island

Rhode IslandBarrington, Rhode Island  is home to many of our current and former clients. They come from all over town including Hampden Meadows, Sowams, Nayatt, Primrose Hill, Bay Springs, and Alfred Drowne. What our clients all share in common are charges under the Rhode Island General Laws, and a court date with one of Rhode Island’s notoriously aggressive prosecutors.

Yes, They Really Are “Out to Get You”

If there is ever an appropriate time for paranoia, it would be in the middle of a Rhode Island criminal prosecution. The Rhode Island criminal justice system is organized a bit like a prize fight with the defense in one corner, the prosecution in the other corner, and the judge acting as referee. We stand ready to lace up our gloves for you.

You Can Fight Back

Your most powerful weapon in a criminal prosecution is the presumption of innocence. Your criminal defense attorney in Barrington better know how to exploit this to maximum advantage to secure you the best possible outcome. The presumption of innocence means that the prosecution has to prove every element of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

Even under circumstances where it is impossible to raise a reasonable doubt as to whether you actually committed the act, there are certain defenses that might win you an acquittal or a favorable plea bargain. Some defenses include:

  • Legitimate purpose – In cases where the law requires you to have a certain intent in order to be guilty (“with intent to permanently deprive” in a theft crime for example), you can argue that you did not have this purpose.
  • Entrapment – The officer pressured you to commit the crime and then arrested you for it.
  • Self-defense or defense of others – Often applicable in domestic violence cases.
  • Mistake of fact – Serving alcohol to a minor who presented a fake ID, for example.

Client Testimonial

“Fantastic lawyer, very aggressive, and never failed at returning my calls or emails. I would definitely use him again, for any legal needs.” – Shawn Rousseau

Practice Areas

We handle a great variety of criminal charges, including:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the exclusionary rule? How can it help my case?



The exclusionary rule is a consequence of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution that forbids unreasonable search and seizure. For example, if the police raided your home and seized evidence against you without any reasonable basis of suspicion to justify executing the raid in the first place, you could have the evidence excluded from court.

Should I just “plead guilty and get it over with” if the evidence against me is strong?



No. Even if the evidence against you is overwhelming, a strong defense could get you a lighter sentence. Even if you are guilty of a crime, the prosecutor might charge you with a crime that is more serious than the crime you actually committed. You would then be required to defend yourself against that charge or plea bargain it down to a lesser offense.

When is alternative sentencing available in Rhode Island?



Alternative sentencing (which might keep you out of jail or get your charges dismissed or reduced) is sometimes available if:



  • You are a Veteran from any branch of the United States Military

  • You committed an offense due to an underlying drug addiction

  • You are a first time offender and committed a non-violent crime


Why do prosecutors agree to plea bargain with defendants?



There are two main reasons why prosecutors agree to plea bargain:



  • The case against you is flawed and the prosecutor fears an acquittal if the case goes to trial.

  • The prosecutor’s docket is crowded and he simply doesn’t have the time or resources to take every case to trial.


Your Choice of Representation Could Make THE Critical Difference in Your Case

If you wouldn’t perform surgery on yourself, then you shouldn’t attempt to defend yourself against a criminal charge. Likewise, just as you wouldn’t ask a heart surgeon to remove a brain tumor, you shouldn’t retain a trusts and estates lawyer to defend you against criminal charges.  At Abilheira Law, we’ve got your back because we have seen it all before.

Fortune Favors the Bold

As a criminal defendant, critical deadlines loom and missing one could get you into serious trouble. Likewise, waiting until the last minute to pull together a defense could easily derail your case. If you have been arrested in Barrington, call our experienced criminal defense attorneys in Rhode Island at (401) 685-9335 or contact us online to set up an initial consultation where we can discuss your case and examine your options.