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John LaRochelle

John LaRochelle

Former State Prosecutor Delivers Results for Clients
  • Criminal Law, Divorce, DUI & DWI ...
  • Massachusetts, Rhode Island
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Attorney John Larochelle is a former Rhode Island state prosecutor who has represented clients in complex and highly sensitive litigation matters in Rhode Island Family Court and in District, Superior, Supreme and Federal Court in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

In Family court, Attorney Larochelle has litigated many types of cases, including complex divorces, contentious child custody matters, and unusual visitation situations. Attorney Larochelle is certified by the Rhode Island Family Court as a Guardian Ad Litem.

Attorney Larochelle applies his extensive criminal law knowledge and experience to representing clients in all criminal matters - from serious felonies such as murder, sex crimes, and distribution of controlled substances – to misdemeanor cases such as domestic assaults and traffic-related offenses. He has litigated over one hundred DUI cases.

Attorney Larochelle represents clients in state and federal courts in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.

Attorney Larochelle has written and argued well-known cases before the Rhode Island Supreme Court, including prevailing against then-Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse in the seminal case of Diane S. Cronan ex rel. State v. John J. Cronan 774 A.2d 866. Attorney Larochelle has also written and argued often-cited cases such as State v. Paull and State v. Chalk.

Call 401-421-4407 or 401-400-2777 to discuss your legal matter and to get Attorney Larochelle working for you today.

Practice Areas
    Criminal Law
    Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    DUI & DWI
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Juvenile Law
    Domestic Violence
    Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
    Traffic Tickets
    Suspended License
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
ID Number: 645649
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Rhode Island
Rhode Island Bar Association
ID Number: 5237
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1st Circuit
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U.S. Supreme Court
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
State Prosecutor - Special Assistant Attorney General
Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General
Suffolk University Law School
J.D. (1994) | Law
Honors: Cum Laude
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University of Rhode Island
B.S. (1991) | Finance
Honors: High Honors
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University of Rhode Island
B.A. (1991) | Economics
Honors: High Honors
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Client Champion Award
Highest Attorney Rating by most prestigious lawyer rating service
Professional Associations
Rhode Island Bar Association
Committee Member
- Current
Activities: Family Court Bench Bar Committee Technology in the Practice Committee & E-Filing Working Group
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Articles & Publications
Clearing the Record: How to Seal Criminal Records and Expunge Criminal Convictions in Rhode Island
Rhode Island Bar Journal
Speaking Engagements
Clearing the Record: Expungements and Sealings, Continuing Legal Education, Rhode Island
Rhode Island Bar Association
John Larochelle, Esq. was the sole presenter and teacher at the Rhode Island Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education Class in Expungements and Sealing of Records.
Guardian Ad Litem
Rhode Island Family Court
Websites & Blogs
Larochelle Law
Legal Answers
5 Questions Answered
Q. Can I install a camera in my bedroom
A: Good afternoon, Fearful of Threats, Since you are being permitted to live in the house of your father and his wife, it is they and not you who may decided what type of security cameras are permitted in their home. The room where you sleep is their room; they are just letting you sleep there. You have no right to a security camera in their house, even in the room in which you are sleeping.
Q. Case Description Emergency motion question regarding returning daughter to unsafe situation
A: You must comply with the court's order. There is no excuse to fail to do so. If you feared so much for you child's safety, you should have filed your own motion, requesting the court to order you not to return your daughter to her mother. If your concern is so great and your daughter is in such danger, you have the option of notifying the police or DCYF of the danger. You should immediately hire an experienced Family Law attorney to advise you through this process. Respectfully, Father-in-Ohio, in a multi-state child-possession situation that is so serious that you are considering defying a judge's orders and delaying returning a child to her mother, representing yourself is reckless. My answer to your question does not constitute the creation of an attorney-client relationship. The legal advice given in response to your question is solely based on the limited information you provided in your question. For comprehensive legal advice encompassing all of the details in your legal matter, please contact my office for an in-person consultation with me.
Q. May I take minor out of country on vacation without consent from the other OCONUS parent? I have placement, RI.
A: If you have sole custody, you are able to take your minor child out of country on vacation without consent from the overseas parent. Otherwise, you need the permission of the child’s other parent, whether or not he or she is OCONUS. I strongly recommend that you get that permission in writing. You may be required to present this written permission for any travel with your minor child outside of the United States.
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United States v. Ackerly
US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
State v. Querido
Rhode Island Supreme Court
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Contact & Map
Larochelle Law
1 Turks Head Place
Suite 1440
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone: (401) 421-4407
Cell: (401) 400-2777
Fax: (401) 421-1442
Monday: 7:30 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 7:30 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Thursday: 7:30 AM - 6 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM - 5 PM
Saturday: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Sunday: Closed
Notice: I will meet with you as early as 6:15 am. I will meet you in person or through a videoconference.