Criminal Defense

Serious charges need a serious defense.

Criminal defense covers cases in which an individual is charged with committing a prohibited act under the criminal code of Rhode Island. These charges can include misdemeanors, such as traffic violations; lesser felonies such as drug possession, burglary, and fraud; or more serious felonies such as rape, assault, or murder. A failure to provide an adequate defense in these cases can result in penalties up to and including life imprisonment. 

We know that being charged with a criminal offense and facing the potential consequences is a deeply stressful and trying time in your life. We will do everything we can to help you get through the legal and emotional challenges, every step of the way. From arraignments and bail hearings, to pre-trial, to trial, to appeals, Almagno will be there to offer the support and defense you need. We are prepared to use all statute laws, case laws, and the rules of criminal procedure to secure a lesser sentence, or acquittal. 


Our firm has been practicing law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York for almost ten years. During that period we have successfully represented hundreds of clients in cases involving personal injury, workers comp, criminal defense, civil litigation, business law, and other areas of practice.


When you are faced with the toughest legal and emotional circumstances of your life, we will be there for you. Like everyone else who has hired us, you can rely on our expertise, compassion, and dedication.


We will devote ourselves fully to your case. Our work doesn’t end until your legal issue is resolved successfully, and we’ll be with you every step of the way until that happens. Our dedication to our clients is reflected in our strong work ethic.

Criminal defense attorneys (private and court-appointed) research the facts, investigate the case against their clients, and try to negotiate deals with their adversaries (prosecutors). These deals might include reduced bail, reduced charges, and reduced sentences.

Typically, you can expect to pay $150 to $700 an hour for a criminal defense lawyer’s time. With an hourly fee structure, it is not uncommon for legal bills to get into the $10,000 to $15,000 range quickly. A lawyer who works on an hourly rate may also require the payment of a retainer fee.

Under the U.S. Constitution, everyone accused of a crime has the right to a lawyer’s defense. It is criminal lawyers who represent defendants in and out of court. They make several attempts to settle the case outside of court but occasionally, they must go to trial.

When it comes to criminal cases, there are usually four major criminal defense strategies that criminal attorneys employ: innocence, constitutional violations, self-defense, and insanity.


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