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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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James L. Riotto
Criminal Defense Lawyer

James L. Riotto is an accomplished criminal defense attorney serving clients in New York. With an extensive background in law enforcement and criminal prosecution, his approach to each case is unique and informed by years of experience with the New York criminal justice system. As a graduate from Albany Law School and before going on to start his own practice, James worked at the Albany County District Attorney's Office, where he helped prosecute many DWI offenses. His inside knowledge of the tactics used to gain convictions provides him with a particular advantage when defending against DUI and other criminal charges.

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Adam Staier
Of Counsel

About Attorney Adam Staier has spent the last seven years practicing criminal defense law throughout upstate New York and the Capital Region. He began his legal career through internships in civil law, indigent legal representation and federal energy law regulation. Finding a passion in criminal law, Mr. Staier held internships handling both prosecution and defense…

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    How to deal with a DWI traffic stop

    How you handle getting pulled over for a DUI/DWI can significantly affect your defense down the road. For instance, declining the officer's request to search your vehicle and avoiding specific answers when asked about any substances you may have consumed could help you when combating DUI/DWI charges in court.
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    5.0/5.0

    I was very grateful that Jim Riotto went above and beyond when it came to my case. And I didn't have any way of compensated him for all the work he did beyond a certain point between myself and generous friends. He knew that I was not guilty and that...

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    woody turtledragon

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    5.0/5.0

    A very efficacious and courteous service ! I definitely recommend it !

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    Wael Sboui

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    5.0/5.0

    He is my son old lawyer he do a great job

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    Barbara Anderson

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    5.0/5.0

    I hired Mr. Riotto to represent me in a traffic case, he and all staff were extremely knowledgeable and helpful with any and all questions. The office stayed in constant communication with me throughout the course of the case and we’re always promp...

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    heather sebastian

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    5.0/5.0

    Delivered on everything they said, and got the best outcome for me!

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    Richard TymchyK

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