Callaghan & Callaghan – Attorneys – Rhode Island



Call (401) 294-4555



3 Brown Street
Wickford Village
North Kingstown, RI 02852

Criminal Defense – Callaghan & Callaghan

Newport County District Court

Newport County District Court, 45 Eisenhower Square, Newport, Rhode Island

The attorneys at Callaghan & Callaghan, Matthew F. Callaghan Jr., and James M. Callaghan, have vast experience within every Rhode Island courtroom. Matt and James have excelled as prosecutors and defense counsel. Currently they provide the highest level of criminal defense in any matter.  Matt spent eight years as the Town Solicitor for the Town of Narragansett and James served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island. Their experience as prosecutors and defense attorneys has provided unique insight and perspective into the intricacies of the criminal justice system. Facing any criminal charge can be a difficult experience. Rely on Callaghan & Callaghan to guide you through the process to achieve superior results.

Any contact with law enforcement can be stressful.  And any arrest could have severe and long lasting consequences. When facing potential criminal charges, or after an arrest, contacting an attorney as soon as possible is crucial. To contact an expert attorney right away call (401) 284-7750.

Callaghan & Callaghan starts working for you as soon as possible. We gather the facts, analyze the charge, and consult with clients to form a strategy. Depending on the situation, we utilize the discovery process and when necessary, conduct our own investigations. Callaghan & Callaghan leaves no stone unturned in defense of any criminal charge.

In 2013 Callaghan & Callaghan secured dismissals across Rhode Island for clients charged by the North Kingstown Police, West Warwick Police, Warwick Police, East Greenwich Police, Providence Police, Newport Police, Middletown Police, South Kingstown Police, and Rhode Island State Police. Notable criminal cases include:

  • Disorderly Conduct: Washington County matter dismissed at pre-trial. Callaghan & Callaghan successfully argued to the court that the conduct cited as disorderly did not meet the “fighting words” threshold.
  • Vandalism: A young woman was accused of damaging vehicles on an urban street late at night. Callaghan & Callaghan showed that their client could not have committed the offense based on contradictory witness statements and gaps in time.  Matter was dismissed and expunged.
  • Simple Assault: In Kent County, Callaghan & Callaghan helped a client win a dismissal of a criminal simple assault charge. Callaghan & Callaghan showed that the alleged victim and the suspect had a long standing relationship. The alleged victim’s story regarding the assault was not supported by the evidence. Case dismissed.
  • Driving Under the Influence: In Washington County, Callaghan & Callaghan helped a client win a dismissal of criminal driving under the influence charges due to issues with the traffic stop. Client avoided penalties on all alcohol related driving charges and the DUI case was expunged.
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance: In Newport County, a felony criminal charge of possession of a controlled substance was dismissed. Callaghan & Callaghan showed that client was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was arrested without probable cause
  • As a prosecutor with the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General, James M. Callaghan, secured a conviction in a brutal day time beating in Central Falls. The assault ultimately lead to the death of an innocent person walking home from his job at a local factory. After trial, the Defendant was sentenced to life in prison.  The official press release can be found here:

Criminal Records Check – Rhode Island Court Connect:

At the point of arraignment on a criminal charge, the court system enters the record of the arrest into the Rhode Island court computer system.

After arraignment, the record of the arrest on the court website can be difficult to erase. Even after a dismissal the arrest record may remain on the court’s website for public consumption.  Family, friends, and even employers can conduct simple searches

To ensure that a criminal offense does not become permanent, or to clear a record, an expert and experienced attorney is essential. Call the attorneys at Callaghan & Callaghan to ensure that your rights and your record are protected.

Rhode Island actually tracks a person’s record or criminal history in two ways. The Attorney General tracks arrests and convictions through its internal Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI). In addition, the state’s judiciary enters cases into their own system, commonly called “Banner”.  In many instances, a person’s BCI and Banner do not accurately mirror each other. These kinds of situations are often unintentional, but they can have dire consequences during a background check conducted by an employer or other agency.

If you would like to check and see if you have a criminal history in Rhode Island click here:

RI Court Connect

To resolve any BCI, Banner, or expungement issues, call Callaghan & Callaghan today: (401) 294-4555.

In addition, to check a daily criminal calendar click on the following link:

RI Daily Criminal Calendars