Attorney James Hanley

James is passionate about the law and committed to providing excellent service to his clients. He believes in honest risk assessment, clear advice, and smart strategies.

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James Hanley

On your side. By your side.

You may be scared about what will happen next, feel alone, or have lost hope. I’m here to tell you now that you’re not alone. First and foremost, with me, you’ll have an attorney that has empathy for your situation—an ally who’s got your back. I’m not just on your side; I’ll be at your side, and available to you at all times. I’m going to guide you through this process, help you understand everything you need to know, and be your advocate, whether it’s taking the case to trial or helping the court understand how you got into this situation. I know how to navigate treacherous legal waters—we’re going to get through this together.

Bates College, Lewiston ME – 2000
The Catholic University of America: School of Law, Washington D.C. – 2003

In practice since 2003, I have helped people just like you solve legal problems and get back to living their lives.


When the stakes are high, take the first step towards protecting your future. Call James Hanley today or complete the contact form below to schedule a consultation with a dedicated attorney with a proven track record.

Rhode Island



The Law Office of James M. Hanley represents individuals and businesses in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Attorney Hanley focuses his practice 100% on Criminal Law.


Charges We Handle


Get the Best Defense Possible


If you’re facing criminal charges, your future could depend on the lawyer you choose. The Law Office of James M. Hanley is one of the areas most reliable criminal defense firms. We use experience, knowledge of the local courts, and integrity to deliver the results that clients need.


James M. Hanley has successfully handled hundreds of cases and is 100% focused on Criminal Law. This has earned him the respect of both prosecutors and judges, making him an invaluable ally for the accused. Mr. Hanley fights to ensure that all clients receive the best possible results for their case.


If you decide to hire a lawyer, you will have to figure out which one is right for you. There are countless lawyers in the area, but not all of them will be what you need.


Getting charged with a crime is scary and disorienting. The criminal justice system is difficult to navigate, and without the proper guidance you can easily feel overwhelmed and powerless. Hiring an experienced and knowledgeable attorney like James Hanley is the important first step toward achieving relief in this difficult time.


You need an attorney who knows the law and will skillfully stand up on your behalf. You want an attorney who will also stay in touch with you, answer your calls, and keep you up to date on your case. James Hanley is committed to providing you with both the stellar representation you require and the personal attention you deserve.


James takes the time to understand your priorities because each person he helps has individual needs and concerns. Your situation is unique and requires a particularized approach that suits you. James takes time to listen to your goals and then tailors your defense specifically to meet your needs.


Every client is treated with respect and dignity.


“I had a really good feeling that Jim understood the severity of what we were going through right away. He really cared. Jim is a great person and was very patient with me throughout the entire process. We were highly pleased that he was able to get us a great outcome.”


“Jim was an exceptional lawyer. He kept me very calm while I was going through an emotional time. His responsiveness was quick and concise. I would highly recommend him.”

Jessica M.

“I’d recommend James to any of my friends. After working with a couple attorneys in the past, I’ve learned you don’t always get what you pay for, and that initiative, preparation, and knowledge of “the system” are key qualities to seek in an attorney. James represented me in a challenging case and I could not be more pleased with how he handled everything. He shot straight with me, guided me through a very daunting process and protected me from making emotionally driven decisions. While he never made any promises on judicial outcomes, he gave me confidence by being very clear about the strengths and weaknesses of my case and being VERY prepared. A great attorney and worthwhile investment.”