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Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney Kensley Barrett

Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyer and DUI Attorney

Too often, honorable citizens of Rhode Island have found themselves on the wrong side of the criminal legal system. If you're one of the many that have been arrested on a Rhode Island criminal offense, we can help. For an aggressive, knowledgeable, and experienced Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney, contact the Attorney Kensley R. Barrett at the Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm today to receive a no-obligation, free criminal defense strategy session from a seasoned trial attorney.  Call today at 401-228-8271! Your future may depend on it…

Whether you have been arrested and charged with a crime, are under investigation, or are concerned that a warrant has been issued for your arrest, our Rhode Island Criminal Defense Lawyers will help alleviate your fears, so you can face the legal facts before you with positivity.

As local RI criminal lawyers, our criminal defense law firm maintains an aggressive presence in the Rhode Island District Courts, Rhode Island Superior Courts, and the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal to ensure we provide outstanding legal representation for our clients. The Rhode Island state prosecutors know who we are and that our only objective is to protect our clients' rights for the duration of their case as we deliver top-notch solutions. You do not have to face prosecution alone. And you should never agree to “a deal” offered by their office without speaking with our Providence, Rhode Island criminal defense attorneys first. Do not let the prosecutor's office decide your fate for you. Allow R.I. Criminal Lawyer Kensley Barrett to fully review your legal options and the legal process, starting with a free defense strategy session.  We are available 24/7 to speak over the phone and schedule your initial consultation at 401-228-8271 or you can reach us by filling out our web contact form HERE.

Honest - Upfront and Straightforward Criminal Representation

One of the most important traits a lawyer can have is honesty, especially when it comes to the client-attorney relationship. We guarantee to not shield any facts from you and “tell it like it is” so you completely aware of everything happening.

Transparent - We Keep You Informed About Your Criminal Case

Transparency is key when selecting the right lawyer for your case. You don't want to have the wrong lawyer distort facts or keep information from you. We make sure to keep you informed throughout the entire process.

Aggressive - We Fight Your R.I. Criminal Charges

You want a lawyer that has done a thorough investigation, knows your case inside and out, and will provide a strong legal defense on your behalf. Our aggressive legal representation has won us case after case for years.

Experienced - Award Winning and Top Rated Criminal Attorney

Experience is key to winning R.I. criminal defense cases. Not only do we have a number of years of legal experience under our belt but we also have a diverse set of experience, having worked in the Rhode Island Public Defender's Office, U.S. Department of Education, and more.

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RI Criminal Defense Attorney Strategy Session

Contact us today for a free, no-obligation criminal defense consultation where we'll discuss how we can help defend your criminal case and what legal defense options you have.

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Skilled Legal Research & Criminal Defense Investigations

If you do decide to work with us, we will conduct a thorough investigation to understand how we can best defend you against your Rhode Island criminal charges in court.

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Save Your Life & Protect Your RI Criminal Record

Rhode Island criminal cases can often carry months, years, and sometimes decades in jail. Don't leave your future up to chance – contact us today to save it. We are available 24/7 at 401-228-8271.

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One of Many Former R.I. Criminal Defense Client Five Star Reviews of Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney Barrett

Review by Former RI Criminal Defense Client Dan S. on Google

“I have worked with Ken for a while now and can say, without a doubt, that he is one of the hardest working Criminal Defense and DUI Lawyers I know. I see him put care and effort into every case – no matter the size. He genuinely cares about the wellbeing of his clients. If you’re in RI and need a criminal defense attorney, don’t hesitate to contact him.”

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Facing Rhode Island federal criminal criminal charges can be completely overwhelming.  You are facing serious and potentially life-changing consequences and you need the highly skilled and experienced legal representation to put yourself in the best position you can under the circumstances.  Most people do not completely understand their legal rights during an arrest or investigation, or where to turn after their arrest.  You will need the years of experience and skilled representation of a local Rhode Island Federal Criminal Lawyer.

What is a Rhode Island Federal Case? And Why Do I Need a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer?

If you have been charged with a federal crime, your case is much different from a state or local criminal matter.  Not all lawyers are licensed to appear in federal court.  You need to make certain that your lawyer is qualified to handle Rhode Island federal criminal cases.  If you are charged with federal offenses, Rhode Island Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer Kensley Barrett is well-equipped to help defend you against charges brought by the U.S. government.

Criminal laws are prosecuted at both the state and federal levels.  There are many differences between state and federal criminal cases.  A federal offense in Rhode Island is an act that is made illegal due to a violation of the United States Code or other federal legislation.

Common examples of Rhode Island Federal Crimes include:

A federal case is a crime that is prosecuted by federal criminal law enforcement in federal court for a violation of a federal criminal statute.  Many state crimes may also be federal crimes because they involve contact with different states or jurisdictions or otherwise involve the law of the United States, federal law enforcement agencies become involved and bring the offense into the Rhode Island federal court.

Speak To An Experienced R.I. Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Today

If you are searching for an experienced Rhode Island federal criminal defense attorney in the wake of a federal criminal indictment, Rhode Island Federal Criminal Attorney Kensley Barrett is the right lawyer for you.  His legal team has secured excellent results for past clients and stands ready to do it again for you.  Contact his criminal defense law firm today at 401-228-8271.


Drug charges in Rhode Island can carry extremely severe penalties including jail time.  Even the mere possession of a small quantity of an unlawful controlled substance can put you in jeopardy of facing a felony criminal conviction, multiple years in jail, and a lengthy probation sentence.  More serious charges such as possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, manufacturing a controlled substance, or trafficking drugs carry sentences from 30 years to life in prison.

Many of our clients are arrested on felony drug charges and have never been in trouble with the law before.  Our clients range from college students who are 18 and 19 years old to professionals including doctors, other lawyers, and military personnel.  No matter who you are, it is frightening to be facing criminal prosecution for felony drug charges in the Rhode Island Superior Court.

Fortunately, for years clients have been able to turn to RI Drug Attorney Kensley Barrett of the Marin, Barrett, and Murphy Law Firm for legal representation on drug related criminal offenses throughout the State of Rhode Island.  Through years of experience, Attorney Barrett has developed a range of defense strategies to assist those facing drug charges.  Let him put his skills and experience to work for you today.  Contact RI Drug Lawyer Barrett at 401-228-8271 to schedule your no obligation R.I. drug charge defense strategy session today.  For more information on drug related crimes in Rhode Island, visit our Drug Crime Information Page


In Rhode Island, domestic violence offenses are one of the most frequently charged criminal offenses.  Utilizing our extensive experience, we represent dozens of clients each year charged with a wide range of Rhode Island domestic violence charges ranging from petty misdemeanor violations to felony domestic violence charges carrying severe mandatory jail sentences.

What Offenses are Domestic Violence Crimes in R.I.?

  • Domestic Disorderly Conduct
  • Domestic Simple Assault and Battery
  • Domestic Vandalism
  • Domestic Trespassing
  • Domestic Cyberstalking
  • Domestic Violation of a No Contact Order
  • Domestic Kidnapping
  • Domestic Stalking
  • Domestic Strangulation
  • Domestic Felony Assault

What is Domestic Violence in Rhode Island?

In Rhode Island Domestic Violence is defined as “any of the [above-referenced] crimes when committed by one family or household member against another” Rhode Island General Laws § 12-29-2.  The penalty provisions of the Rhode Island domestic violence statute provides for the mandatory issuance of a no contact order upon arrest of a suspect, the issuance of a no contact order for the period of jail and/or probationary sentence upon a no contest or guilty plea, and the requirement that individuals convicted of domestic violence offenses attend and successfully complete a domestic violence counseling program known as the "Batterers Intervention Program."  Domestic violence crimes can be either misdemeanor or felony charges, and carry special, longer requirements prior the expungement of these offenses from an offenders criminal record.

What are the Penalties for Domestic Violence Charges in R.I.?

If you are charged with a Rhode Island domestic violence offense, the penalties can vary widely depending upon a number of different factors.  If you have prior domestic violence related offenses or the victim suffered serious injuries, you could be facing a felony domestic violence charge.  In most cases, individuals charged with domestic violence offenses as first time offenders will be facing misdemeanor domestic violence charges.  In either case, common Rhode Island domestic violence penalties include:

  • Jail
  • Probation
  • Fines
  • Domestic Violence Counseling
  • No Contact Order

How Will an Experienced Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyer Help Your Case?

If you have been arrested for Domestic Violence in Rhode Island, you do not have to take on the State alone and all is not lost; there is often a way out or a way to lessen the impact upon one's life. Due to our extensive experience with Domestic Violence cases, we have utilized and developed several winning strategies and defenses including: self-defense, defense of others, defense of property and trespassing defense. When we evaluate a case for the first time, we look at the all of the facts, and not just who the police have alleged is the “primary aggressor.” We quite frequently determine that the primary aggressor isn't the “primary” aggressor at all, and that the person arrested (usually the man) was simply reacting to an action of the other person that may make his response, if reasonable, excused under the law.

For immediate assistance with a domestic violence arrest, contact Rhode Island Domestic Violence Lawyer Kensley Barrett for a no obligation domestic violence defense strategy session.  His legal team available 24/7 at 401-228-8271 to provide you legal advice and top notch legal counsel.  To learn more about domestic violence charges in Rhode Island, visit our R.I. domestic violence charges page.

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Our law firm was founded on the belief that working with us is more than just hiring a lawyer. Working with us will bring you peace of mind and also allow you to continue with your regular life while we attend to your legal matters. Our vast experience means that it allows us to excel in both aggressively representing your interests and generating the best possible result for you.