PROVIDING CRIMINAL DEFENSE
FOR OVER FORTY YEARS
Attorney Eugene Riccio has been a criminal defense attorney for over 43 years
and practices in the area of state and federal criminal cases. He represents
clients throughout the State of Connecticut. All court appearances are personally handled by him.
LISTED IN The Best Lawyers in America (2020-2009)
Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense-General Practice-Stamford Metro, 2020, 2019, 2018*
Lawyer of the Year for Criminal Defense-White Collar-Stamford Metro, 2017, 2015, 2011*
*(For the purposes of this award Stamford Metro includes the Towns of
Bridgeport, Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk,
Old Greenwich, Southport, Stamford, Westport)
LISTED IN Super Lawyers (2020-2009)
Top 50: Attorney, 2019, 2018, 2017 Connecticut Super Lawyers
Top 100: Attorney, 2018 New England Super Lawyers
Fairfield County Bar Association 2018 Recipient of the Mario DiNatale Professionalism Award
VIOLATIONS OF CRIMINAL PROTECTIVE ORDERS
RISK OF INJURY TO MINORS
BREACH OF PEACE
CIVIL RESTRAINING ORDERS
VICTIM OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
HIT AND RUN
DMV LICENSE SUSPENSION
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA/NARCOTICS IN MOTOR VEHICLE
JUVENILE MOTOR VEHICLE
MOTOR VEHICLE INFRACTIONS
OPERATING UNDER SUSPENSION
WEAPONS IN MOTOR VEHICLE
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA/NARCOTICS
POSSESSION WITH INTENT TO SELL MARIJUANA/NARCOTICS
CONSPIRACY TO DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA/NARCOTICS
ILLEGAL SEARCH AND SEIZURE
RISK OF INJURY TO MINORS
POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
WHITE COLLAR/FINANCIAL CHARGES
VIOLATION OF PROBATION
CRIMINAL RECORD EXPUNGEMENT
REMOVAL OF INTERNET ARTICLES
VICTIM OF CRIME REPRESENTATION
Connecticut law provides for a number of diversionary programs for people arrested for many types of crimes. The purpose of these programs is to provide those who have been so charged with a meaningful opportunity to have their case dismissed and their arrest records erased.
In order to obtain a dismissal, participants in the programs are usually required to satisfy certain conditions set by the court such as attending educational programs, performing community service, receiving treatment for any mental health and/or substance abuse problems and have no new arrests. The time period of these programs varies but they do not exceed two years.
These diversionary programs are available for a wide variety of criminal and motor vehicle offenses. They do not entail a plea of, or a finding of guilty by the court. There is no conviction of any type as a result of participation in these programs. Upon successful completion of any program, the case is dismissed by the court. In the event the program is not successfully completed the case is restored to the regular docket.
Once a criminal case is dismissed a defendant is entitled to the erasure of his/her criminal records as provided by law. Those records consist of court, prosecutor and police records. In addition, a person whose records have been erased is deemed to have never been arrested and is able to so swear under oath.
Finally, media entities who post arrest stories on the internet will either remove them, update the article reflecting the dismissal and/or indicate to external search engines like Google, not to include the story in search results upon receiving documentary proof from the court that the case was dismissed. Counsel arranges for obtaining a certified copy of the disposition from the clerk of the court and provides that to the media entities.
New York, 1977
United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, 1982
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1988
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, 1988
United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, 2001
United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2004
Marquette University (B.A. 1973)
New York Law School (J.D. 1976)
Fordham University (M.A. 1984
Connecticut Bar Association, Member
Greenwich Bar Association, Member
Stamford/Norwalk Bar Association, Member
Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, Member
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
Counsel to the Stamford/Norwalk Judicial District Grievance Panel, 2007-present
Stamford/Norwalk Judicial District Grievance Panel, Member, 2004-2007
Client Security Fund, Member, 2004-2007
Connecticut Juvenile Training School Advisory Board, Member
Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, Quinnipiac University, School of Law
Member, Board of Editors, Connecticut Law Tribune
Impeachment by Prior Conviction, 59 Connecticut Bar Journal 404 (1985)
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