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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.

  • What to do if pulled over for a DUI


    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 referred to the Riotto firm by an out-of-town attorney My traffic case was professionally handled with an OUTSTANDING result, much better than I expected. I'm very grateful to the team at The Law Office of James L. Riotto and recommend them h...

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    John Cook

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    5.0/5.0

    I have worked with Riotto Law Firm several times and I have been pleased with the results they have been able to secure for me. They are professional and pleasant to work with and have saved me a lot of money and heartache with traffic tickets. I wo...

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    Mary Beth Ransom

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    5.0/5.0

    Mr. Riotto made me feel at ease from the start. He always had my best interests in mind and worked hard to drive the best possible outcome. His communication and professionalism were outstanding.

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    5.0/5.0

    I highly recommend this firm. Jim and his staff are extremely professional, and knowledgeable. Any question or concern I had, was addressed immediately. I was kept informed the entire process, and in a timely manner. Very impressive.

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    Elizabeth Messina

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    5.0/5.0

    Jim was terrific. After be detained at the border, I needed a lawyer who understood policy and procedure and he was the one. He made all calls and found out the details of why it happened. He had the issue promptly corrected and provided me with a...

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