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Joseph John Colarusso

DUI and DWI Attorney at Stamford, CT

5.0   39 reviews

Licensed for 40 years

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EXPERIENCED, TENACIOUS, FORMER PROSECUTOR ON YOUR SIDE TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PERILS OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK & FEDERAL MATTERS. 203-325-2200 EMERGENCY CONTACT

Attorney Colarusso is a Former Prosecutor with over 38 years of experience in the criminal field, including jury and non jury trials. 

Professional, Knowledgeable and Accessible. 

He is admitted and practices in Connecticut (1993), New York (1983) and the Federal Courts of both states.

He has succesfully defended Murder, Attempted Murder, Assault, Burglary, Domestic Violence, Drug, DWI, DUI, Economic Crimes, Juvenile Matters, Sex Offenses, Child Pornography, Motor Vehicle and Traffic matters.  

He brings his understanding of the courts and the law to vigorously defend his clients. 

His practice is limited to all Criminal and DWI/DUI matters.

Attorney Colarusso will fight to Protect Your Rights during every stage of the Criminal Process.

Emergency Telephone Number if you are arrested  Call

Licensed for 40 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1993
Updated 11/27/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1983
Updated 11/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Joseph John Colarusso
245 Main Street
4th Floor
White Plains, NY, 10601
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Posted by Valentina | November 3, 2022
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Happy client
Joseph Colarusso I was very happy to meet Joseph I had so much on my plate that day I met him and then when I met him it seems like everything was going to be OK and that’s how it turned me and my husband were very happy to meet him and he was very caring person for my family in our case thank you Joseph
Posted by J | June 30, 2022
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Happy Client
Joe is an incredible lawyer and extremely knowledgeable about the practices in Stamford. I highly recommend him and appreciate his wonderful demeanor and ability to assist us. He originally impressed me when he first answered my call and I was distressed. He has a great calm manor and he continued to impress me when he counselled me through the court system. He went the extra mile in seeing me on the weekend and was always available to answer my questions. If you are involved in this unfortunate circumstance, definitely use Joe. He will help you immensely.
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Posted by Katherine | December 13, 2021
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A lawyer who is truly there for you
We hired Joe recently and I was a basket case before meeting him. This was my first incident with the law and I didn’t know what to expect or what to do first. After meeting Joe, it was almost like a weight lifted off my shoulders- he made me feel supported and sat with me to walk me through everything. He really put my mind at ease and I am grateful he was by my side. Joe is compassionate, knowledgeable about what to expect/the law, responsive, and passionate about fighting for you and your case (he got mine dismissed too!). Best of all, he truly cares for you and your well-being and will be there for you and your family every step of the way.
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Posted by Marco | October 1, 2021
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Excellent!
He is the kind of guy you want on your team! His tactics and extensive knowledge got me out of a corner and assured a full dismissal on a bunch of fabricated-non sense allegations. He knows how to navigate the system successfully and will not let it go until justice is rendered. Expectation + 1 = Success
Posted by anonymous | July 27, 2021
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Highly Recommended
Joe is a very professional top-notch attorney who did a terrific job representing us during a very complex case. He went above and beyond and was often calling and texting us late at night and on the weekends. He is well-respected by the courts and other attorneys.
Posted by John | April 30, 2021
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Choose Colarusso
We chose Mr. Colarusso based on my Stamford case and him being a local attorney. We made the right choice! Based on his experience and history in the local area, he knew the procedures and what to expect based on his extensive history in this location. His fee was more than reasonable considering the amount of court appearances over a lengthy year and a half (non trial) case. His knowledge and experience along with Covid complications resulted in a dismissal of my case of a 3rd DWI. I am eternally grateful and cannot recommend him enough.
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Posted by MD | January 20, 2021
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Communicative organized and always on time.
In 2019 I was arrested for a DUI. I didn’t have much money at the time and because this was my first DUI I didn’t understand how serious it was. So, I decided to get a public defender. BIG MISTAKE. Once I hired Mr. Colarusso my luck changed. Mr. Colarusso is very well-respected at the Courthouse and this alone made me feel very confident. He was on time for every court date. In all, I only had to attend court 3 times after hiring Mr. Colarusso. The first time was to resolve the mess the public defender had gotten me into. The second time was to negotiate the final classes I needed to complete that were appropriate for my charges, and the third time was after a year was given to me to complete these classes. Most importantly he was able to have this DUI off my record! If you have been arrested for a DUI or have ANY criminal charges call him first! While Mr. Colarusso was more than affordable, you cannot put a price on your freedom. I am so grateful for finding him. -MD
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Posted by Jim S | January 5, 2021
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Fantastic and Trustworthy A+++
Joe is an excellent lawyer who cares and goes the extra mile. Bright, organized and very well versed not to mention respected by the Court, Attorney Joe Colarusso will fight for you and win! Just because you are accused doesn’t mean you are guilty. Jim S.
Posted by anonymous | November 22, 2020
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Outstanding Lawyer, Incredible Service, and Positive Results
I hired Mr. Colarusso's services when I made several poor mistakes resulting in the high possibility of severe legal penalties. Mr. Colarusso was extremely professional and handled my case with outstanding results. I will forever be grateful to him for his work. He is also very kind and supportive, and generally encourages his clients to succeed and move on with their lives in a positive direction. I recommend no other in criminal defense, and thank him for allowing me to lead a better and more positive life.
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2019
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Amazing result
I came to Joseph in need of representation after an unfortunate accident. The result, and how quickly he got it done was absolutely unbelievable. I honestly didn’t dare to hope for the result he was able to achieve. This man works hard for his clients and is worth every penny.
Posted by Steve | September 21, 2019
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Unbelievable
Joseph did an incredible job. My case was handled in record time and the results were far beyond my wildest hopes. Worth every penny and a man worthy of trust.
Posted by Keith | November 13, 2018
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Extremely amazing representation, as far as I’m concerned without joe my life would be over!!!
Joe did an amazing job, and saved me from ruining my whole life with one dum decision, and worked it so I will have no record in the end. I can’t write the relief his outstanding job brought me. He went above and beyond, but more importantly treated me as an individual he wanted to help and not just a number... He was worth every penny. His legal expertise were easily recognized and truly helped my case. I feel it may have been the entire difference, as I never thought it would end this good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be thanking him later in life, as without him, I wouldn’t of had a chance at one. thanks joe!!! You saved me!!!
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Posted by Eduard | May 15, 2018
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Mr. Colarusso is a true professional and excellent attorney. I am extremely satisfied with his services at highest level and very grateful. I highly recommend to hire Mr. Colarusso.
Posted by S.W. | November 27, 2017
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Fully Recommend Mr. Colarusso
Mr. Colarusso was an excellent lawyer who was able to get me out of a very unpleasant situation and I'm very grateful for him.
Posted by RP | November 19, 2017
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Excellent Lawyer
Joe represented me a minor misdemeanor case. You would of thought is was a serious felony matter, the way he prepared, asked me questions, made me write a bio for the judge and got us the best result possible. I say "Us" because that is the way Joe made me feel, two guys in the same boat, the same team fighting the same battle. Hire Joe and you will NOT be disappointed.
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Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2017
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Great Attorney!
Finding yourself arrested is never something you think will happen. Mr. Colarusso was professional, encouraging and walked me through the entire process, answering any questions I had along the way. He helped me navigate this awkward situation and ensured I would not have a record. I can't thank him enough and highly recommend him.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2017
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Satisfied Client
I recently had Attorney Colarusso represent me and couldn't be happier with his handling of the situation and the results. A true gentleman who puts your mind at ease while tirelessly fighting for you. Incredibly responsive, incredibly knowledgeable, flawlessly reliable.
Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2017
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Best decision I could have made!
I suddenly found myself in a case that could have lasted over a year if my cards had not been played right. I was terrified when I contacted Mr. Colarusso as it was my first legal run-in in my life. He swiftly put me at ease though was so honest and direct I didn't feel he was just trying to appease me. Within a short period of time my case was dealt with and I felt like the weight of the world was lifted. Mr. Colarusso is the real deal when it comes to Criminal Defense. Compassionate, thorough, and received 100% respect from everyone who encountered him along the way.
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Posted by anonymous | March 23, 2017
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Just an OuterTowner Tryna Stay Out of Trouble
I was dealing with the case for about 6 months alone with 4 FULL DAYS. This was hard being from Philadelphia. Upon hiring Mr. Colarusso, my case was nolled in approximately 4 months with just 2 visits only lasting about 2 hours each in the courtroom.He looked into resources I had as well as his own. It really felt like we were a team and he was very aware of what I was mentally going through. He made sure to comfort me when he could and he never promised me something he was unable to deliver. I also liked him because he rarely said no. He supported me on whatever decision I made and ensured he would fight for me NO MATTER WHAT. He did just that.
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2016
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Attorney Colarusso made the biggest impact in my family's life
I hired Attorney Colarusso for my son's defense. No one in my family was familiar with criminal courts - we were stunned and perhaps in denial that our criminal system could fail to see my son for who he was. Luckily, I was referred to Joe and he assumed his role of defense and educating us and preparing us for the worst episode of our collective lives. Attorney Colarusso is a caring and dear person, extremely successful in his field, and a bulldog. He would probably describe himself in reverse order, but I clung to his help and guidance and we made it through. If you are a strong person, then by all means do not mistake this for calling him soft - his experience in he courtroom is essential to a successful defense. But I needed much more - and he delivered.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Law Offices of Joseph J. Colarusso
  • 1987 - Present
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Office Of The Bronx County District Attorney
  • 1981 - 1986

Education

  • California Western School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • St John's University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Lifetime Member
  • N/A
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
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  • Bronx Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Westchester Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2019
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Agency & Partnership
  • American Jurisprudence Award
  • 1981
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (6)
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Unknown Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"First rate criminal defense lawyer. Seasoned and experienced. A former prosecutor who knows the system inside out. Joseph Colarusso is respected by judges, prosecutors, and colleagues. You can't go wrong in retaining him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is a highly respected and, more importantly, highly effective criminal defense attorney. I routinely refer clients to Joe f I am conflicted out and he always goes the extra mile for all of his clients. I recommend him without reservation!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Joe is the very rare lawyer these days who really has it all. He's an experienced trial attorney and knows how try a case. He's compassionate. He's conscientious and diligent. He's very intelligent and strategically very astute. I'm always happy to refer a client to Joe."
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Stamford DUI and DWI Lawyer Joseph John Colarusso
Joseph John Colarusso
DUI and DWI Attorney
Stamford, CT
Licensed for 40 years
Free Consultation