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Rochester Criminal Defense Attorney Fights for Your Rights

Aggressive defense to felonies, misdemeanors and traffic offenses in Upstate New York

The Law Office of James L. Riotto delivers aggressive, high-quality defense representation at an affordable price. The firm’s principal, James Riotto, draws on his broad experience as a federal and state corrections officer, New York State Trooper, prosecuting attorney and criminal defense lawyer to protect your rights and work towards a favorable resolution of the charges against you. Any brush with the law can be unnerving, but when you’re facing prison, jail, fines, and/or the loss of your driver’s license, you need a knowledgeable defense lawyer who is willing to challenge every element of the authorities’ case against you. New York’s criminal justice system is complex and can seem overwhelming, but The Law Office of James L. Riotto gives you a capable advocate who stands at your side through every step of the process.
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What We Do

Skilled legal defense for a full range of criminal charges in Upstate NY

The firm defends individuals charged with civil offenses as well as state and federal criminal charges including:
  • DWI/DUI — Lawyer James Riotto understands the serious consequences of NY DWI convictions. He has the experience needed to protect your rights and build a defense that makes sense for your unique situation.
  • Drug crimes — In spite of modifications to New York law designed to provide more judicial discretion when deciding penalties, defendants still face serious consequences if convicted — including fines, imprisonment and a criminal record. Attorney James Riotto provides skilled representation for those charged for drug crimes in Rochester and vicinity.
  • Juvenile adjudications — Under New York law, minors charged with violations must have legal representation. When your children face one of the toughest juvenile justice systems in the United States, they need a criminal defense lawyer with specialized experience in juvenile defense to help ensure the future remains bright.
  • Traffic violations — Skilled representation helps individuals in Rochester and surrounding counties protect their records by reducing or eliminating traffic violation points that can quickly lead to the loss of driving privileges.
  • Weapon Charges — New York is known throughout the country for its tough laws regulating the purchase and use of firearms. At the Law Office of James L. Riotto, we provide effective defense representation for Upstate New York residents accused of weapons violations and other crimes.
Even when the facts of a case are strongly against a client, Mr. Riotto can sometimes deliver a favorable outcome by helping clients avoid incarceration through alternatives, such as community service and probation. When circumstances threaten a client’s probation or parole status, Mr. Riotto intervenes to preserve his client’s freedom.
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Client Reviews
  • "All of my contact was handled very promptly and professionally. They were very knowledgeable and made me feel like my case was as important to them as it was to me."

  • "I highly recommend the Law Office of James L. Riotto. The entire staff is professional, knowledgeable and always willing to help. Mr. Riotto’s legal prowess coupled with his background in law enforcement give him the ability to be empathetic to his client’s circumstances while relentlessly striving for the best possible outcome."

  • "Everyone I’ve talked to in this office has always been kind and very helpful. I’ve used them a couple of times now and am very happy with the outcomes and how well they’ve communicated with me."

  • "I would like to say what an amazing job your office did for me. Your team really saved me and helped me save costs. I want to give a shout out to an amazing person who worked tirelessly for me.. Chelsea Gardner!! She is awesome. James, I tell everyone I know to call you and your team. True professionals and they do what they say!!"

  • "Mr. Riotto was very responsive to us on our initial call as throughout the legal process. It was very clear how he was approaching the case and what the outcome may be. It can be unsettling hiring an attorney we did not know. He very quickly put our minds to rest."

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