Rhode Island Public Defender

Our mission is to provide high quality representation to our clients, fulfilling the governmental obligation of effective assistance of counsel, fundamental fairness and due process. Our goal is to provide client-centered advice, holistic representation and zealous advocacy. Our commitment is to treat our clients with dignity, compassion and fairness.
Mary S. McElroy, Public Defender

Know Your Rights

Each individual has the right to know, and to flex, his or her constitutional rights when interacting with the police. Below are guides written by the Rhode Island Public Defender designed to inform you about these rights. If you have questions or would like a representative from our office to speak about these rights with you or a community group, contact our office’s Community Outreach Liaison.


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