Providence Criminal Defense Attorney

Kilroy Law Firm of Providence, Rhode Island

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Man arrested for possible crime in Providence.It has been said that the United States has the best criminal justice legal system in the world. This is, in large part, due to the inalienable rights afforded to those who live, reside, and visit our great country.

According to our society’s fundamental beliefs and rules of law, everyone accused of a crime is innocent until proven guilty and also that everyone is entitled to a fair trial.

In addition to these basic rights, the people of the United States are also protected by the Bill of Rights, including the:

  • Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement;
  • Fifth Amendment, which sets forth basic constitutional limits on police;
  • Sixth, Eighth, and 14th Amendment, which also govern the rights of those accused of criminal conduct.

Courts interpret these Amendments on a daily basis, constantly evaluating factual scenarios to determine if individual rights violations took place. Landmark cases decided by the United States Supreme Court have resulted in mandatory Miranda rights, the right to “plead the 5th” and so much more.

In addition to the United States Constitution, law enforcement and prosecutors are bound by the Constitutions of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the State of Rhode Island, in addition to federal and state laws.

Even the Best Police Officers Make Mistakes

Despite these many safeguards in place to protect individuals, law enforcement officials and prosecutors sometimes make mistakes:

  • They may not follow the proper procedures when conducting a search or an arrest.
  • They may fall short of the necessary requirements when filing charges or questioning those suspected of or accused of a crime.
  • Ultimately, their actions or inactions – no matter how unintended – may violate the rights of those involved.

Drugs and gavel laid out during a trial in a court.For example, these mistakes are often made in drug cases. In reality, the best defense to a drug crime usually involves a close examination of the manner in which law enforcement obtained evidence of the crime. Since drugs are almost always obtained via search and seizures, we must review the facts to determine if law enforcement was deficient in any way. Even if one aspect of the search and/or seizure falls short of constitutional, the resulting charges may be reduced or dismissed altogether.

Hiring a Providence criminal defense lawyer who is well-versed in constitutional and criminal law is crucial to your case.

Effective, Experienced, Reputable Providence Criminal Defense Attorney

You owe it to your case, yourself, and your family to seek legal help and closely look at the circumstances of your criminal matter. It is our duty to hold police and prosecutors to the high standards they must meet. The Kilroy Law Firm can help you get through this difficult time in your life.

Don’t hesitate to contact our firm in the following instances:

  • If you are facing criminal charges for the first time
  • If you are afraid you may be arrested
  • If the police wish to question you “informally” regarding a particular incident
  • If you have been through the process before
  • If you wish to keep your record spotless
  • If you wish to avoid a devastating conviction and/or prison time
  • If you wish to appeal your conviction
  • If you are about to serve a prison sentence

The reality is that any of these scenarios may result in serious consequences. If you or a loved one faces any of these situations, it is very important that an experienced criminal defense law firm handle your criminal case from the start. Call our Providence criminal attorney today.

We Handle All Types of Criminal Matters

The Kilroy Law Firm specializes in the following areas of criminal defense:

Usually, the more serious the offense, the more likely that a first-time conviction may result in going to jail or prison. If the accused has a prior criminal record, the chances of receiving jail time as a penalty go up exponentially.

Our Providence criminal lawyer provides elite criminal defense legal representation in any of these types of crimes (and more) regardless of whether the alleged acts are classified as:

  • Violations
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • State crimes
  • Federal crimes
  • Repeat offenses
  • Aggravated offenses
  • Crimes involving dangerous weapons
  • And more

The criminal defense legal team at Kilroy Law Firm has extensive experience representing clients in many courts throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Our Providence criminal attorney routinely practices before district courts, county and state courts, appellate courts, federal courts, and various administrative agencies.

Consequences of Crimes: Nothing to Take Lightly

Gavel and handcuffs laid out in a trial in Providence.The consequences of an accusation of criminal activity may in and of itself have life-changing effects. Accusations – even unfounded ones – may result in embarrassment, a destroyed reputation, and even a loss of job (e.g., teaching, coaching, city official, etc.) Being charged with a crime and standing a criminal trial, even one that results in an acquittal can have even more detrimental effects on someone’s life. In some cases, media coverage may sway the court of public opinion in very negative ways, regardless of what is actually true.

However, while accusations and being charged with one or more crimes may wreak havoc on your life, a conviction may destroy your world. Some legal, practical, and financial effects of criminal convictions may include the following:

  • A criminal record that will follow you for the rest of your life
  • Monetary fines ranging from a few hundred dollars to thousands of dollars
  • Jail time of a few hours, a few days, a few months, a few years, a few decades, or the rest of your life
  • Probation
  • Mandatory counseling (e.g., alcohol treatment, substance abuse, anger management, etc.)
  • Loss of driver’s license
  • Loss of professional licenses (including a potential bar to obtaining such licenses in the future)
  • Loss of security clearances
  • Mandatory resignation (or termination) from certain jobs
  • Loss of athletic scholarships and offers of acceptance to educational institutions
  • Expulsion from school and/or sports teams
  • Mandatory inclusion on sex offender registry lists
  • Negative effects on custody cases and other family law matters
    • Such as reduced parenting time or even loss of custody altogether
  • Destroyed relationships with loved ones, friends, and colleagues
  • Mandatory obligations to stay away from certain individuals, residences, buildings, etc.
  • Property and asset forfeiture
  • Restitution
  • And more

For all that is at stake, you cannot afford to leave the outcome of the trial up to chance. You need to work with a formidable criminal defense lawyer who will make the strongest case possible. Even if a defendant receives probation rather than a prison sentence, it is not cheap – in any sense of the word.

You Have Rights – Don’t Let Anyone Tell you Otherwise

Police looking for data for a criminal case in Providence.It is very important that you know all of your rights, possible defenses, and also that you have the utmost confidence in your lawyer and legal team. You will go through this ordeal together, and your legal team will be a lifeline during this challenging time.

Even if you believe (or prosecutors convince you) that your case is weak and that a conviction is inevitable, you owe it to yourself and your family to seek the best possible legal representation available. Contact our proven and respected Providence criminal defense attorney at Kilroy Law Firm today so our team can begin working on your defense.

Don’t Wait: Contact Us Today

If you have been arrested and charged with one or more crimes in Providence, RI, it is critical that you contact a reputable, successful Providence criminal defense lawyer with significant experience defending those specific types of charges.

You should not waste any time contacting our office right away if:

  • You are worried that you may be arrested or charged with a crime
  • You have already been charged with one or more misdemeanor or felony offenses
  • You are preparing for a prison sentence

The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can begin preparing a rigorous defense.

Attorney Noah J. Kilroy spent many years prosecuting thousands of criminal cases involving all types of criminal charges. He draws from this experience and applies everything he knows to zealously work to safeguard your rights and aggressively advocate on your behalf. He has a unique insight and ability to anticipate the prosecution’s moves and strategies. The bottom line: as a highly-skilled Providence criminal defense attorney he will provide you with the best possible defense.

Through his experience, unmatched work ethic, and fierce dedication to the wellbeing of his clients, Attorney Kilroy has earned a successful and lengthy track record of obtaining favorable outcomes for his clients.

Let us help. Schedule a complimentary consultation and take advantage of our Best Price Guarantee by calling or texting us today at (401) 855-9023 or by completing our contact form. Our Providence criminal defense lawyer looks forward to discussing your case.


Here are just a couple of the reviews that we have received from a past client:

“Attorney Noah Kilroy was very thorough in his handling on my husband’s case! He presented as very skilled in court and was able to get the outcome that my family was looking for- a reduced drug charge, avoiding a conviction and jail time. I would definitely recommend Attorney Kilroy to others who are looking for competent representation!” Norma – Providence, RI

“Noah was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was extremely helpful with my DUI case and any questions I had. He did a great job of keeping me informed with what was going on & was very honest & trustworthy. And to top it off, he got my DUI dismissed! I would definitely use him again and highly recommend him to anyone in need of an honest lawyer.” – Ashleigh – Newport, RI

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

DO I HAVE TO SPEAK TO THE POLICE AFTER I AM ARRESTED?

No, you have “the right to remain silent.” All you are required to give the police is enough information to allow them to verify your identity. Furthermore, if you request an attorney, the police cannot question you further without your attorney present. Consult with your attorney about what, if anything, you should tell the police.

HOW DOES PLEA BARGAINING WORK?

In a plea bargain, you make a contract with the prosecutor to plead guilty to a lesser crime than the crime you were originally charged with (possession of a controlled substance vs possession with intent to distribute, for example). In return, the prosecutor promises to recommend to the judge that he accept your plea. In this way, you get a lighter sentence and the prosecutor avoids the time and expense of a trial.

WHAT IS A MOTION TO SUPPRESS EVIDENCE?

A motion to suppress evidence is a motion to remove certain evidence from consideration at trial, generally because it was improperly obtained. A defendant’s confession, for example, might be suppressed if it was obtained before the police informed the defendant of his right to remain silent.

WHAT IS THE ENTRAPMENT DEFENSE?

In the entrapment defense, the defense argues that the police used high-pressure tactics to induce him to commit a crime so that they could arrest him for it. This defense typically does not apply to a police “sting” operation where, for example, an undercover police officer poses as a drug dealer and offers to sell the defendant drugs – merely giving the defendant the opportunity to commit a crime does not constitute entrapment.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STATE CHARGE AND A FEDERAL CHARGE?

Both state governments and the federal (national) government maintain their own set of criminal laws. If you are charged with a state crime, you will be prosecuted in state court, while if you are charged with a federal crime, you will be prosecuted in federal court. Many drug offenses, for example, can be charged under either state or federal law. Overall, federal penalties tend to be heavier than state penalties.

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"Quality, efficient, attentive are just a few words to describe the type of services you receive. He was able to answer everything and explain all matters to me thoroughly. He always kept things professional and always made sure I understood exactly what was going on. There was nothing that went on that I wasn't aware of. If you want adequate and the best representation then hire him!"
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Got Drug Charge Reduced to a Filing

Attorney Noah Kilroy was very thorough in his handling on my husband’s case! He presented as very skilled in court, and was able to get the outcome that my family was looking for- a reduced drug charge, avoiding a conviction and jail time. I would definitely recommend Attorney Kilroy to others who are looking for competent representation!

Norma - Providence, RI

DUI Dismissed

Noah was an absolute pleasure to work with. He was extremely helpful with my DUI case and any questions I had. He did a great job of keeping me informed with what was going on & was very honest & trustworthy. And to top it off, he got my DUI dismissed! I would definitely use him again and highly recommend him to anyone in need of a honest lawyer.

Ashleigh - Newport, RI

Exceeded Expectations

Noah helped my family with my brother’s parole hearing. My brother had nothing but good things to say about him and our family was always kept in the loop. I spent countless hours trying to figure out the best way to help my brother, when Noah was hired he took the reigns but still allowed our family to be a huge part of the process. He was available to take my calls and always responded to my texts and emails. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is looking for an attorney.

Karen - Providence, RI
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