A few weeks ago on the blog we discussed drug diversion programs and how they can pose a legitimate option to those who are facing serious criminal charges. These programs, if successfully completed, may allow an accused individual to avoid the harshest of penalties if they were to otherwise fight the charges and lose. Yet, despite the benefits a drug diversion program can bring to the table, it isn’t right for everyone. In many drug cases, diversion programs aren’t offered and, even when they are, a criminal defendant may not feel like he or she should have to do anything other than prove their innocence.
Those who find themselves in one of these positions need to carefully consider their other criminal defense options. This may include arguing that the police conducted an illegal search and seizure, drawing witness credibility into question, or offering to give law enforcement information in an exchange for seriously reduced or dismissed charges. To determine which criminal defense option is best for an individual, it may behoove him or her to speak with a skilled criminal defense team, like the one at the Law Office of James L Riotto.
At our firm, we know the tactics prosecutors employ in an attempt to obtain a conviction. With that knowledge, we turn to the facts of every client’s case, as well as the law, to develop a compelling legal strategy that puts our clients’ interests first. We are aggressive in our advocacy while at the same time honest with our clients about the likely outcome of their case.
In the end, all legal decisions are left to our clients. But we ensure that they are as fully informed as possible before making that decision so that they can do what they feel is best for them. We take pride in our experience and success, and encourage those looking for a criminal defense attorney to peruse our website for more information.
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.
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…
About William M. Swift is an associate attorney at the Law Office of James L. Riotto and brings 20 years of experience to our clients. His practice focuses on personal injury cases and criminal matters. He has successfully represented individuals in felony, misdemeanor cases. Additionally, he has extensive knowledge in DMV administrative proceedings involving suspensions…