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Award-Winning Criminal Lawyer in Providence, RI 

The Law Office of John L. Calcagni III is a full-service criminal defense firm handling cases in state, federal, and military courts. We have an unstoppable team of experienced trial lawyers, paralegals, investigators, and legal assistants who collaborate on each case to ensure optimal results for our clients. We routinely defend all types of criminal cases in state and federal courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New York. We also handle military cases on a worldwide basis.

If you have been charged with a crime of any type in any of these jurisdictions, having our team on your side will maximize your chance for success. Hiring a law firm with a team instead of a lawyer is required if you expect to win your case in today’s criminal justice system. When you are charged with a crime, your criminal prosecution is being worked on by the many police officers who investigated the case, internal investigators who work for the prosecution, and most often multiple prosecutors. Basically, the government prosecutes most of its cases with a team of people all paid and trained to ensure your conviction and harsh punishment. If you want to level the playing field and prepare for success, you too need a successful criminal defense. Read below to meet some of our key team members.

In addition to those mentioned below, our team also has two investigators, legal assistants, and other attorneys who work with us on a regular basis.   Aside from the permanent staff members, our firm also has strong associations with other lawyers and firms in the community with whom we regularly team up on complex felony criminal matters.   We also have long-standing relationships with various litigation experts in the areas of DNA, forensics, toxicology, digital forensic analysis, medicine, pathology, child psychology, ballistics, child abuse pediatrics, sexual assault, narcotics, drug analysis, and former law enforcement who aid us on a case-by-case basis when their area(s) of expertise are required for a client’s criminal defense.

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Hiring the best criminal defense lawyer experienced with felony and misdemeanor defense in all Rhode Island trial courts is essential to achieve the best results on your criminal case. Call 401-351-5100 today to arrange your initial consultation.

Attorney John L. Calcagni, III

Attorney Calcagni is an extremely experienced and skilled criminal defense trial lawyer. Before entering private practice, he formerly served as a military prosecutor in the U.S. Army JAG Corps and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York. Attorney Calcagni is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, and Florida. He is admitted in other U.S. District Courts, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits, and also in the United States Supreme Court.

As a former federal prosecutor, Attorney Calcagni prosecuted countless cases involving charges of drug use, drug possession, drug distribution, and drug trafficking; simple and domestic assault; battery; assault and battery; domestic battery; felony assault; assault with deadly weapons; assault with dangerous weapons; gang-related assault; manslaughter; murder; attempted murder; possession of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, manufacture or creation of child pornography and distribution of child pornography; solicitation of minors and indecent solicitation of minors; child abuse; child molestation, rape; sexual assault; statutory rape; indecent assault; indecent assault and battery; weapons-related charges; firearms charges; burglary; breaking and entering; robbery; theft of government property; possession of bomb-making materials; terrorism-related offenses; fraud; identity fraud; larceny; destruction of property; financial crimes; traffic violations; driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs; trespassing; conspiracy; and attempt-related offenses.

Attorney Calcagni now uses the extensive investigation and trial experience he acquired as a federal prosecutor to represent his clients in Criminal Defense matters in State, Federal and Military Courts. He has more individual trial experience than most other attorneys in the market. He also has a well-known and proven track record of not guilty verdicts, acquittals, and lenient sentences, even for the most serious crimes.

Attorney John Pensa

Attorney Pensa is a graduate of the Roger Williams University Law School and State University of New York where he studied both criminology and law.   After completing his education, Attorney Pensa gained admission to practice law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

The Law Office of John L. Calcagni III, Inc. is a multi-jurisdictional criminal defense practice.  Attorney Pensa manages the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Massachusetts practice of defending clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses throughout the Commonwealth.  Attorney Pensa regularly practices in District and Superior Courts all throughout the Commonwealth.  He is well-versed in all aspects of criminal defense representation to include investigations, arraignments, bail, dangerous hearings, bail petitions, pretrial conferences, motions, and trial.

Attorney Pensa has expertly handled a wide variety of criminal cases involving controlled substances violations, drug trafficking, motor vehicle offenses, domestic violence, weapons charges, theft offenses, fraud, child pornography, rape, assault and battery, indecent assault and battery, conspiracy, assault with intent to murder, operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and other crimes.  He has also represented both juvenile and adult clients, to include those who are challenged by mental illness or substance abuse.

Attorney Pensa enjoys an excellent reputation with both the Courts and District Attorney’s Offices throughout the Commonwealth.  He is intimately familiar with the procedures and nuances of the various county systems throughout the state.   Attorney Pensa is a tireless advocate for our client.  He works around the clock and in all conditions to maximize the positive result for everyone. If he cannot get a case dismissed, he ensures that each client receives the next best possible result and treats our clients like family.

The Law Office of John L. Calcagni III is proud to have this unstoppable soldier on the battlefield fighting for our clients each day in the trial courts of Massachusetts.

Attorney Leah J. Boisclair

Attorney Boisclair first joined the Law Office of John L. Calcagni, III, Inc. in the summer of 2018 as a law clerk after her first year in law school. She spent the summer working on federal criminal matters, to include assisting in a federal jury trial in the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island. She continued to work under Attorney Calcagni’s tutelage for the remainder of her law school education. After graduating in 2020, Attorney Boisclair transitioned with the office into a full-time associate. She is admitted to practice law in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

Attorney Boisclair attended the University of Rhode Island, graduating cum laude, with a bachelor’s degree in 2017. She subsequently attended Roger Williams University School of Law, graduating cum laude in December 2019.

Prior to joining Calcagni Law, Attorney Boisclair interned at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in Rhode Island where she expanded her practice and experience defending a wide variety of criminal charges in United States District Court, alongside full-time federal defenders and against members of the United States Attorney’s Office.

Attorney Boisclair focused her time as a student participating in practical skills training such as trial team and moot court. Further, she served as a Rule 9 Student Attorney in the Roger Williams University School of Law Criminal Law Clinic, where she gained the opportunity to defend clients against criminal misdemeanor charges in Rhode Island District Court. Similarly, she interned for the Committee on Public Counsel Services in Bristol County Massachusetts where she worked on Massachusetts criminal matters.

Attorney Boisclair is the newest edition to Calcagni Law. Her energy, passion, and broad skill set as a young female criminal defense attorney brings great value to our clients, their families, and most of all, to obtaining optimal results in our cases.

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