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Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney
Massachusetts Criminal Defense Attorney Anthony Riccio represents individuals facing criminal charges in both state and federal court. With offices in Attleboro and Quincy, Riccio Law’s criminal defense practice expands the entire state with a focus on the Greater Boston area, Southeastern Massachusetts, and the Cape & Islands.
Founding attorney Anthony Riccio has an excellent reputation as a criminal defense lawyer with a proven record of results. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star five years running (2016-2020) and possesses a nearly 85% acquittal rate at trial. Anthony’s previous experience as a prosecutor helped lay the groundwork for his success in criminal defense.
Aggressive Criminal Defense In MA
Riccio Law understands the impact criminal charges can have on one’s livelihood and the importance of establishing an aggressive defense from the outset of a case. While charges may be inevitable, Attorney Riccio explores all avenues of defense with a goal of preventing a criminal complaint from issuing. When charges do issue, Attorney Riccio pursues every available defense before recommending a plea deal. His ability to evaluate the strengths of a case and develop an effective defense in response is second-to-none.
When a case goes to trial, Anthony’s clients benefit from his experience as lead counsel on 50+ trials. He is a skilled trial attorney with an in-depth knowledge of the rules of evidence and inner workings of a trial. Defendants are presumed innocent and it is the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Attorney Riccio vigorously fights for his clients in court and believes in holding the government to their burden of proof.
Learn more about why clients hire Anthony.
Massachusetts Criminal Defense Services
Riccio Law represents individuals who have been charged with the following crimes:
Motor Vehicle / Driving Offenses
- Operating Under the Influence- Alcohol / Drugs (OUI/DUI/DWI)
- Negligent Operation of Motor Vehicle / Operating to Endanger
- Reckless Operation
- Motor Vehicle Homicide
Abuse-Related / Domestic Violence
- Assault & Battery
- Assault & Battery w/ Dangerous Weapon
- Assault w/ Dangerous Weapon
- 209A Violations & Harassment Order Violations
- Strangulation / Suffocation
Drug / Narcotics Offenses
- Distribution; Possession with Intent to Distribute; Trafficking
- Simple Possession
- School Zone Violations
- Read about defense of Massachusetts drug charges
Sex Offenses / Sexual Assault
- Statutory Rape
- Indecent Assault & Battery
- Read about defense of Massachusetts sexual assault charges
Gun / Firearm Offenses
- Possession of Firearm / Carrying Firearm
- Possession of Ammunition
- Improper Storage of Firearm
- No FID Card
- Read about defense of Massachusetts gun / firearm charges
- Manslaughter / Homicide
- Armed Robbery & Unarmed Robbery
- Home Invasion
- Breaking & Entering
What to Do If You Are Under Investigation or Facing Criminal Charges
If you are currently under investigation or facing criminal charges in MA, do not speak to the police or prosecution without first contacting an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney. You have the right to remain silent and have an attorney present when speaking with the police or government, and every individual should exercise those rights when confronted by the police or any government agency.
Anthony R. Riccio, Esq., Founder & Lead Attorney at Riccio Law, started his legal career as a prosecutor where he routinely went to trial against some of the best defense attorneys in the state. Spending countless hours in the courtroom, Attorney Riccio gained extensive experience handling all aspects of criminal cases. Having spent the first 2 ½ years of his career handling only criminal cases, Attorney Riccio’s knowledge of criminal law, the rules of evidence, and courtroom procedure is second-to-none.
Now, as a MA criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Riccio applies his knowledge and experience in criminal law when representing individuals facing criminal charges in Massachusetts. Whether it’s a dismissal or a not guilty verdict at trial, Riccio Law aggressively represents their clients with the goal of winning. Attorney Riccio has served as lead counsel in over 50 trials, including 35+ jury trials, with a nearly 85% acquittal rate.
At Riccio Law, we aggressively defend our clients against criminal charges with the goal of getting the case dismissed or obtaining a not guilty verdict at trial. While not every case results in a dismissal or not guilty verdict, Riccio Law explores all potential defenses for their clients before recommending a plea deal.
More About out Practice Areas
DUI / OUI / Drunk Driving
If you have been charged with Operating Under the Influence (“OUI”) of Alcohol or Drugs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, contact Riccio Law to speak with an experienced OUI defense attorney. Riccio Law represents individuals throughout the C… Read More
Being arrested or charged with a drug-related offense in Massachusetts brings about the potential for serious penalties. Whether it is a charge for simple possession, being present where heroin is kept, or more serious charges — including trafficki… Read More
Gun / Firearm Offenses
While the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution permits citizens the right to bear arms, Massachusetts has a number of laws restricting the possession and use of firearms in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts imposes strict penalties for il…Read More
Sexual Assault Offenses
Being charged with a sexual assault offense in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a serious matter. Sexual assault offenses such as rape, statutory rape, indecent assault and battery and other violent sex crimes are prosecuted to the fullest extent…Read More
Massachusetts Criminal Law FAQ's
After a person is arrested in Massachusetts, he or she will be transported to the local police department for booking. During the booking process, a clerk magistrate or assistant clerk magistrate will be contacted by the police regarding bail. The magistrate will either release the defendant on personal recognizance, set a cash bail, or hold the individual without bail. If the defendant is released on personal recognizance or posts the cash bail, he or she will usually be required to appear in court the following business day.
If the defendant cannot post bail or is held without bail, he or she will be transported to the local courthouse for arraignment that same day or on the next business day depending on the day and time of arrest.
At the defendant’s arraignment, the issue of bail may be revisited and the judge can release the defendant on personal recognizance, set a cash bail, or hold him/her without bail. If there is a question of bail and the defendant does not have an attorney, he/she will be given a court-appointed lawyer for the question of bail.
You should expect your MA criminal defense lawyer to keep you updated with any developments on your case, answer any questions you may have, and discuss all of your options with you so you can make informed decisions. A good criminal defense lawyer is never afraid to go to trial and will explore every possible defense before recommending a plea deal.
No, a person does not have to speak to the police after he or she has been arrested. In fact, a person arrested by the police should invoke their 5th Amendment right to remain silent and NOT speak to the police. Anything he or she says to the police can be used against them in court.
No. Regardless of how minor you think the charges are or how weak the evidence is, you should never represent yourself on a criminal case. You should always hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer in MA to represent you if you are facing criminal charges.
The cost of hiring a criminal defense lawyer in MA varies from case-to-case and lawyer-to-lawyer. In criminal cases, flat fees are common and usually based on the nature of the charges and whether the case is being prosecuted in district court, superior court, or federal court. Generally, the fee for a superior court case will be higher than the fee for a district court case, and the fee for a case in federal court will be higher than district court and superior court cases.
Generally, bail money is returned at the conclusion of a criminal case, either after trial or once a plea agreement is accepted by the court. However, there are circumstances, although uncommon, where the bail money is forfeited and not returned to the individual who posted it.
Yes, you can change lawyers if you are not satisfied with your representation. Such a change is usually facilitated by the lawyer filing a motion to withdraw or the defendant making a motion to the court requesting the change. Generally, such a request will be approved by the judge.
You should do so politely and respectfully, but make it abundantly clear that you are invoking your right to remain silent. Below are some examples of what you can say:
- “Officer, I am invoking / exercising my right to remain silent.”
- “Officer, I am not going to answer any questions.”
- “Officer, I am invoking / exercising my 5th amendment right to remain silent.”
- “I am not answering any questions without a lawyer present.”
Keep in mind, most police officers are trained and skilled in interrogating suspects and defendants. Additionally, anything you say to the police can be used against you in court. For those very reasons, you should not speak to the police or answer any of their questions. Exercise your 5th Amendment constitutional right to remain silent.